A charming town in the Mudgee wine region, Kandos is a gateway to the spectacular Capertee Valley and a great base for outdoor adventure. You’ll find many enjoyable things to do and see in and around Kandos, from exploring World Heritage wilderness to discovering intriguing town heritage.

Kandos is known as the ‘town that built Sydney’ because of the limestone quarried and conveyed on an aerial ropeway to the local cement works, which closed in 2011. You can explore this fascinating history and marvel at 20th century machinery and technology at Kandos Museum, in an old church.

The Clock Tower in Kandos

On the scenic Bylong Valley Way, getting to Kandos is easy. The drive from Sydney, via the Blue Mountains, is about 3.5 hours. The Mudgee region’s wineries and cellar doors are within easy reach from Kandos. You can also enjoy an exciting range of water sports at nearby pretty Lake Windamere.

A short drive south is the Capertee Valley, the second-largest canyon in the world and a wonderful place for bushwalking. West of Kandos is beautiful Dunns Swamp, a popular spot for camping, bushwalking and kayaking on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Kandos, home to the gorgeous open gardens festival Kandos Gardens Fair in April and the exhilarating Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show in January. The vibrant arts community celebrates with the biennial Cementa, a dynamic contemporary arts festival.


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  1. Food Over Fire

    Saturday 25 August 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018 , Mudgee

    The Cellar by Gilbert will once again offer their unique long lunch experience, Food Over Fire, each Saturday in the Mudgee Region from 19 May to 29 September. The relaxed and indulgent four-course dining experience is set around a large,…

    25 Aug - 29 Sep
  2. Church Markets

    Saturday 01 September 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Mudgee

    On the first Saturday of each month, the Church Markets are held in the grounds of St John’s Anglican Church from 9am to 1pm. A country town just isn’t a country town without markets to explore. Why not time your visit to coincide with on…

    01 Sep - 01 Dec