History & Heritage

Meticulously restored vintage vehicles, lovingly renovated buildings and an historic streetscape combine to offer a glimpse into a bygone era and rural Australia two centuries ago.

Take a self-guided tour of our stunning heritage buildings and discover a rare mix of 19th Century colonial architecture. The Forbes Town Hall, which has been substantially restored, stands majestically in the heart of Forbes.

McFeeters Motor Museum has over 60 exquisite vehicles, ranging from veteran and vintage through to classic and street rod machines are on display. The museum attracts motor vehicle enthusiasts from all corners of the state and beyond. Like fine art, the vehicles are lovingly preserved and showcased. Be sure to allow plenty of time to meander and browse and enjoy the warm hospitality of the McFeeters’ family.

Forbes’ history notes our Wiradjuri heritage, the arrival of John Oxley in 1817, the heady-heights of the gold rush era and brushes with bushrangers.

Our proud pioneering heritage has been preserved largely by the restoration of 19th Century buildings dotting our streetscape. Our handsome, elegant buildings help shape our town and share stories of our past.

Find out more about Forbes History and Forbes' Heritage Trail here:

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