Forbes, a town that delivers the unexpected and the amazing

Walk in the footsteps of our pioneers, discover unique and interesting works of art or enjoy a morning of foraging at a local market. Forbes’ picturesque lake and stunning sunsets will catch your breath, and the warm and welcoming community will capture your heart.

Forbes offers a great range of attractions so you can do as much or as little as you like. Take a stroll around Lake Forbes, a natural lagoon off the Lachlan River, offering over 10km of walking and cycling track. View abundant birdlife and pull up at one of the parks to take a break in the shaded picnic areas and utilise the BBQ facilities for a relaxing long lunch or dinner with family.

Forbes is famous for its charming heritage buildings and important historic places. Many of which are classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and some you will recognise from the hit film, ‘The Dish’. The proud pioneering heritage has been preserved largely by the restoration of 19th Century buildings dotting the streetscape. The handsome, elegant buildings help shape the town and share stories of Australia’s past.

If shopping is more your style, Forbes has a reputation as a unique shopping location, with locally owned boutique and specialty stores. A number of home grown boutiques offer a fantastic range of clothing, accessories, homewares and more. Discover the small business gems found in the Forbes Shire and #BuyFromTheBush great gifts for family back at home.

 “Somewhere down the Lachlan” is a remarkble sculpture trail from Forbes to Condobolin via the stock route by the Lachlan River. Albion Park hosts a curation of sculptures from world renowned artists. There is also a great range of quality art and craft on offer at the Platypus Gallery, and make sure you check out the wool mural which can be found at the Forbes Homemaker Centre. Or you can get your motor running at McFeeters Motor Museum, housing a private collection of meticulously restored motor vehicles and café to enjoy.

For dining, enjoy a relaxed meal at a cosy café or restaurant, or hearty fare and a yarn with a friendly local at one of the town’s pubs. Pick up a takeaway or make a picnic to enjoy leisurely at your own quiet spot in one of the many idyllic locations.

Forbes is perfect for caravan, campervan and motorhome lovers as a friendly and welcoming town, and has become a very popular halfway stop on the Newell Highway. As an RV friendly town, Forbes offers a range of amenities, caravan parks and rest areas making it a perfect destination for the mobile traveler.


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