With its tree-lined streets, heritage buildings and famous wool festival, the pretty town of Boorowa is charming. The rural town’s rich Irish heritage and pastoral history – the district produces fine merino wool and prime quality lamb – is celebrated at the annual Irish Woolfest.

Held on the October long weekend, the Irish Woolfest includes the Running of the Sheep spectacle through the main street, as well as a street parade, Irish singers and dancers, pipe bands, produce markets and plenty of fun things to do for the kids.

The Running of the Sheep at the Irish Woolfest, Boorowa

Part of the Hilltops wine region, Boorowa is a great base to explore nearby wineries, as well as orchards in the Young area, the cherry capital of Australia. Accommodation options range from riverside camping and caravanning to a farmstay, motel and country pubs serving meals.

In southwest NSW, Boorowa is 35 minutes’ drive from Young, 80 minutes from Canberra or 3h 30min drive from Sydney. A great way to experience Boorowa is to follow the Shamrock Trails, three heritage walks that explore colonial and 20th century historical buildings.

Rolling farmland in Boorowa, Hilltops Region

Marvel at the splendid stained-glass windows of St Patrick's Catholic Church and walk along the banks of the Boorowa River, a tributary of the Lachlan River. The Boorowa Historical Museum is in a lovingly restored rammed-earth building and open on Saturdays or by appointment.

As you meander past historic buildings, browse gift and antique shops, as well as craft stores and galleries such as Carmen’s Collectables and Glenara Gallery. Enjoy a cold beer at a country pub or call into the Pantry on Pudman for specialty coffee and home-baked treats.