Local Towns

Category: Local Towns


Canowindra is located at the Southern end of the Cabonne Shire, 36kms from Cowra and 60kms from Orange. Canowindra is well known for its warm climate wines with many cellar doors for the wine connoisseur to choose from. Canowindra’s main street presents a streetscape of outstanding historical significance. The street is a very unusual shape, following the crooked route of the old bullock track and is unaffected by time complete with late nineteenth century architecture.


Cargo, situated 35km south west of Orange is a small country hamlet with a population of approximately 250. Cargo is the perfect place to take a break from driving. Enjoy a picnic in the well developed park with children’s play area and BBQ facilities. Sit back and listen to the different sounds of the birds and look out for wildlife that may be grazing close by or have a refreshing drink at the hotel and talk with some locals. The town has a unique history as gold mining in the late 1860’s led to the establishment of the township and in 1869 Cargo was proclaimed a goldfield. During the period of 1869 – 1899 the town swelled to a population of around 7, 000 and boasted three hotels, a bank, several business houses, three churches, two schools, a flour mill, community hall, butter factory, gold crushing plant, a racecourse and sporting grounds for tennis, cricket and football.


Cudal is a friendly country town, 35km west of Orange and surrounded by prime agricultural land offering spectacular scenery. A picture perfect sight during cropping season when canola spreads a yellow glow across the valley. Cudal’s dining choices include a cafe, pub or club and the small motel or caravan park would make a great base to explore the surrounding vineyards and attractions. The many proactive community groups such as the Progress Association, Lions and Pony Club ensures the town is always looking its best managing many beautification projects around the village.

Manildra lies on the banks of the Mandagery Creek, half way between Orange and Parkes and is home to Manildra Flour Mill, the largest flour mill in the southern hemisphere. The mill runs 24 hours a day and continues to expand. Manildra is also home to Australia’s oldest operating picture theatre, The Amusu, pronounced “amuse-you”. Allan Tom started the Amusu Theatre in 1923 as a travelling picture show, which settled in its current position in 1936. The theatre still offers visitors and residents the opportunity to view new release films surrounded by the old world charm of yesteryear.

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