WELCOME TO UPPER LACHLAN SHIRE
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Welcome to a shire of breathtaking beauty, robust seasons, outlandish bushranger history and unique rural charm. Although Upper Lachlan is just three hours from Sydney and 1.5 hours from Canberra, it has the feel of a secluded rural hideaway, which has been protected from the harshness of modern-day intrusions.
Riding high on the top of the Great Dividing Range (914 m above sea level), Upper Lachlan Shire experiences the seasons in all their glory. Autumn blazes with fiery oranges, brilliant golden yellows and deep ruby reds. Falling leaves shower the roads and countryside with their fading glory. Winter introduces you to rolling hills blanketed in white powdery snow and the perfect excuse to snuggle up next to a roaring log fire. Spring heralds the arrival of warmer times with masses of exquisite blossoms, bulbs and flowers of every description, while a gentle summer allows you to escape the harsh heat and humidity of coastal regions.
The Scenic and Historic Drives information sheets, available from the Visitor Information Centre, will take you on a journey of discovery into the heart and essence of the Upper Lachlan district.
Renew, refresh and revitalise
Close to major centres but secluded from the hustle and bustle of big city life, the Upper Lachlan district is the perfect place to renew, refresh and revitalise your body and soul. Looking for a romantic getaway? Book into a historic homestead and snuggle up to a roaring fire in a luxuriously appointed room. Indulge in the sensual pleasure of sampling boutique wines and gourmet food not found anywhere else in Australia.
Take leisurely drives along the scenic and historic routes to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful and tranquil region. Stroll hand in hand through award-winning gardens or browse through art and craft shops.
Want a little more outdoor action? Bring your best walking shoes and trek through the stunning high country. Take your camera to capture some of Australia’s shyer wildlife, tackle a trout in its own backyard or try your hand at fossicking. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Abercrombie and Wombeyan Caves for fascinating walks through underground caverns with remarkable formations. If water sports are your thing, head out to Grabine to water ski, sail, swim or fish in the sparkling waters of Wyangala Dam.
Anyone interested in Australia’s infamous and sometimes eccentric bushranger and pioneering history will have a grand time in the Upper Lachlan district. Discover gems of history in every nook and cranny of this region. Explore buildings dating back to the mid 1880s, visit the museums and information centres, learn of heroic acts of bravery and dastardly deeds of crime. Tuck into a counter meal at a pub and ask the locals about stories that didn’t make it into the history books.
With something for all ages, the whole family will enjoy the attractions of Upper Lachlan Shire.