Canowindra Friendly & Historic, Modern & Welcoming
Canowindra (pronounced ka-noun-dra) is an historic township located on the Belubula River in the central west NSW shire of Cabonne.
A fine blend of modern business and services located amidst rich history. The bendy main street, Gaskill Street, is partly an urban conservation area and shows excellent examples of late 1800's architecture.
The current population of Canowindra is approximately 2100 consisting of young and old across all demographics making it an ideal environment for raising a family or settling into a healthy retirement.
The river flats along the Belubula River attracted early settlers, gold was discovered and started a flurry of mining but the real riches came from the green gold of Lucerne with massive amounts being grown and shipped.
A post office opened at Canowindra in 1847 with mail coming from Carcoar, but the village was handicapped as part of a main route to the lower Lachlan, first by the lack of a bridge and later by the construction of the railway to Orange. Today the main street has an old-world air, with its kerbside verandah posts lining the dog-leg course of what was once a bullock team track.
In October 1863, Ben Hall's gang took over the village for three days and entertained the whole population, as well as some stray travellers, all herded into the inn. An account of the incident was reported in the Bathurst Times, also quoted in the Maitland Mercury. A monument to Ben Hall, on the site of Robinson's inn, the Travellers' Rest, was erected in 1951, but evidently further research has indicated that the events recorded here happened at the inn on the other side of the river.
The name of the town is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'a home'
Learn more by visiting Canowindra's Historical Society WebSite
Modern Canowindra is a thriving commercial centre offering something for everyone where the history is retained and respected and provides the ideal setting for the many quirky shops, the fantastic galleries and most amazingly the famous "100 Mile Dinner".
Canowindra is an open friendly town that welcomes tourists and new-comers alike. Many new residents move here because of the friendliness and soon find the many other benefits and attractions of living in this fabulous village.
With all this what else can a small village provide. The topography provides beautiful ever-changing scenery and conditions ideal for hot air ballooning, Canowindra is known as the 'Balloon Capital of Australia" and is the site of an annual balloon competition in April.