NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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EUGOWRA

Tiny Tourism Town: population with below 1500 residents

09:00 Mon 29 April - till - 17:00 Mon 13 May.
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A Remarkable Story

Eugowra has a remarkable story to tell. 

While there is one in which involves a notorious bushranger executing Australia’s largest gold robbery, there is a more recent story which has also marked the history books. 

The resilience of this small community was tested when - what was described as an inland tsunami - struck the village in the early hours of 14 November 2022. The November 2022 flood was the biggest to ever hit the village. 

The community, caught off guard by the unprecedented force of nature, saw more than 150 people airlifted to safety, while the flood destroyed countless livelihoods, homes, businesses, and - most devastatingly of all - took the lives of two community members. Despite immense challenges, the community rallied together, showing strength and determination in rebuilding their village. 

The community, albeit - a little wounded and a little scarred, is still standing. There is a spirit in Eugowra which cannot be washed away, nor defined by a flood. 

Whether you're a passionate explorer or a curious traveller, Eugowra invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery, celebrate the rich history, embrace the beauty of nature, witness the results of a journey of resilience, and embrace the warmth and unity that defines this tight-knit community.

It is claimed that the name Eugowra is a Wiradjuri word meaning “the place where the sand washes down from the hills”. 

Some 341km to the west of Sydney, the village is typically a small and sleepy village nestled along the banks of the steep, yet meandering Mandagery Creek which weaves through the hilly terrain to the village’s centre, essentially splitting it in half. 

With a population of 601, Eugowra showcases a captivating blend of history, natural wonders, and a strong community spirit that continues to flourish even in the face of adversity. 

Unwind in the natural beauty of the village, where rolling hills, rich heritage, scenic drives, and breathtaking vistas provide a soothing backdrop for rejuvenation. Wander through the revived village to experience a unique shopping experience with an eclectic mix of retail stores - such as Scope Clothing, Michael’s As Time Goes By, Craft on the Creek, Little Farmers Store, the Eugowra RTC or Aussie Fire Buckets - there is something for all. 

A yarn (or two) over a coffee at either the Fat Parcel Food Van or alternatively a cold beverage at the Eugowra Bowling Club with some of the locals who have called Eugowra home for a lifetime, will make the trip to Eugowra truly memorable. 

Don’t leave town without having one of the amazing homemade cinnamon scrolls from Judd and Tracey at the Escort Rock Cafe and Bakehouse. It will be love at first bite! 

While some towns have their silos, Eugowra has a trail boasting over 30 murals. Easily discovered as you walk through the village, the Eugowra mural trail is a collaborative effort between locals and traveling artists bringing the village of Eugowra to life with their fantastic representation of the stories of Eugowra and district. A trail map is available online and at local shops. 

Retrace the footsteps of infamous bushrangers such as Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall and the gang whilst gaining a different perspective on the surrounding granite hills at the Eugowra Museum and Bushranger Centre, the Eugowra stagecoach, and at Escort Rock. 

If you’re looking for some adventure, visitors to Nangar National Park can enjoy bushwalks and be rewarded with scenic landscapes. A peak-to-peak hike from Mount Murga and Mount Nangar will be rewarded with spectacular views and dramatic scenery. Alternatively, explore the region on two wheels, by taking a cycling adventure through the region’s scenic villages, with an itinerary that takes you through local villages including Canowindra, Gooloogong, and Forbes. 

Take a more relaxed approach whilst engaging in birdwatching, photography, or simply embracing the quiet serenity of the countryside. There are also many secret places nearby for escaping into nature when even a tiny village seems too crowded. 

Or simply just stare up at the clear, starry skies.

Finally, crack open a bottle of the Cabonne region’s finest wines and enjoy some delicious local produce - for this is Australia’s Food Basket after all! 

Whether you're embarking on a family holiday filled with adventure, planning a romantic getaway steeped in ardour, or seeking a relaxing inland visit to unwind and reconnect with yourself, Eugowra beckons you to embrace its diverse offerings and vibrant spirit. 

Come experience the joy of discovery, the thrill of adventure, the peace of serenity, and the welcoming atmosphere and warm community spirit of a village that embraces all. 

Resilient. Brilliant. Eugowra.

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A town of Resilience

On the morning of 14 November 2022, what was described as an 11.2m inland tsunami hit the village of Eugowra. 

The November 2022 flood was the biggest to ever hit the village. 

The community, caught off guard by the unprecedented force of nature, saw more than 150 people airlifted to safety, whilst the flood destroyed countless livelihoods, homes, businesses, and - most devastatingly of all - took the lives of two community members.

In the months since the flood, this community has worked tirelessly to support each other in rebuilding their village. 

Visitors to the village will still see the scars of that November day. A number of community members living in temporary homes, rebuilding projects, and businesses still being reopened. 

However, visitors will also experience the brilliant spirit of this community - a spirit which could not be washed away nor defined by a flood. It is truly a brilliant little village.

 

Day 1

1. But first... coffee

Your first stop in Eugowra is for a mid-morning coffee at the Escort Rock Café and Bakehouse.

Hosted by Judd, Tracey and the team, their friendly and welcoming service will be sure to make you feel at home. In the cooler months sit in comfort in front of the woodfire or enjoy the weather outside and watch the village come to life. 

You must be sure to taste one of their in-house baked cinnamon scrolls. It will be love at first bite!

 

2. The Village of Murals

The perfect way to start your visit to Eugowra is to follow the Eugowra Mural Trail. 

Starting across from the Escort Cafe, in Pioneer Park, the 30 murals which adorn the village are an enchanting journey that bring to life the stories of Eugowra and its district. 

Painted over many years during an annual weekend that brings artists and signwriters to the village, these incredible artworks showcase the talents of local artists, who skilfully narrate the village’s past, present, and the bright future that lies ahead. 

Each stroke of paint on these murals reflects our community's pride and vibrancy, inviting visitors to become a part of the Eugowra story. 

Although some were damaged in the November flood event, many have already been restored or replaced.

3. Effortless charm

While on the hunt for murals, take the time to explore some of the unique retail offerings available in the village. 

Browse the wide range of carefully curated gifts for every member of the family at Michael’s As Time Goes By. Check out the gorgeous fashions and accessories at Scope Clothing. 

Pick up something truly made with love at Craft on the Creek which features a beautiful collection of locally made products from quilts, cards and pickles to timber toys, baby items and plants. They also have a fresh-bake Tuesday, when you can find all sorts of delicious homemade cakes, slices and biscuits! 

Take home a unique memento from the Little Farmers Store pop-up to find farming-themed products for your kids that reflect our Australian farming life. Kids of all ages will love this store! 

Finally, head over the bridge to the Eugowra RTC for some beautiful local products, and if you are in the market for something slightly bigger, make sure to see John at Aussie Fire Buckets for a handcrafted, recycled Australian-made fire bucket or sculpture which will compliment any garden.

 

4. Lunch with the locals

The local pub might still be closed following the floods, but that doesn’t stop you from being able to lunch with the locals at the Eugowra Bowls and Recreation Club. 

Not only is the Club’s shady verandah a warm, inviting and friendly place to stop and have a beer - and enjoy a yarn or two - but the Chinese Restaurant is the best this side of the Blue Mountains! More importantly, they offer a $15 lunch special on weekends (Friday-Sunday), so great for all the family!

5. History time

Wander back through Memorial Park and across the Mandagery Creek Bridge. Although the original 1869 bridge was replaced, it remains a testament to Eugowra’s past as a vital link for transportation of goods and people headed to the Lachlan goldfields. 

Stop to admire the full-size metal-art stagecoach designed to replicate the one featured in Australia’s largest ever gold robbery. It’s a perfect photo opportunity and a chance to visualise an important part of the village’s history. 

Step back in time and immerse yourself in our rich history at the Eugowra Historical Museum & Bushranger Centre. Here, the past comes to life as you explore a treasure trove of artefacts, exhibits, and interactive displays that celebrate Eugowra's fascinating heritage. 

Discover the untold stories of the bushrangers who once roamed our lands—their bold escapades, daring adventures, and the echoes of their legendary heists that still reverberate through time.

 

6. Dinner by starlight

In the late afternoon take the short stroll back to Pioneer Park, where the sunset filters through the majestic gums that line the banks of the Mandagery Creek. Be serenaded by the cacophony of cockatoos and kookaburras, as you take time to view the granite rock memorial to the emergency efforts during the 2022 flood. 

Eugowra is renowned for its hills of granite. Some 200 slabs were used in the famous entry way in Parliament House in Canberra and tonnes of the porous stone is still shipped across the country for various uses. 

Finally, you can finish your evening at the Fat Parcel Food Van pizza night. 

Be joined by other visitors, locals and artists as you sit around open fires and enjoy woodfired pizza under the stars. 

The night skies in the region are spectacular. Ensure you take the time to look at the stars – without light pollution to dilute they put on a remarkable show.

 

7. Take me home, country roads

Your home away from home is located a 10-minute drive from Eugowra. Located on a working farm property, when you check into your accommodation at the Creekside Farmhouse and Stables, the restored, historic homestead will take you back in time. 

Set on the banks of the Waterhole Creek with sweeping verandas offering an excellent view of the lush gardens and working sheep farm, you’ll feel at home and relaxed whether it’s by the warm fire, relaxing by the pool or exploring the farm. 

Take some time to find the stables, wander the surrounding gardens and spot the king parrots and lorikeets. 

Enjoy the sun in the outdoor kitchen and barbecue area or relax on the verandah. You can even arrange a trail ride on one of the horses at the property or use the horse arena.

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Three days in Eugowra

Eugowra. Resilient. Brilliant.

Unveiling a rich tapestry of history, nature, and community spirit.

The journey to Eugowra is part of the experience.

Take the scenic route, passing rolling hills, charming villages, and picturesque landscapes. Across the breath-taking Blue Mountains, through award-winning, cold-climate wine country near Orange, past one of Australia’s top hot-air ballooning areas at Canowindra and alongside a patchwork of paddocks in bright yellow canola, aside wheat blowing in the breeze. This is the food basket of Australia. 

Welcome to Cabonne.   Welcome to Eugowra.

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