A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Oberon

Category: population under 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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With the most spectacular scenery in rural NSW and at the heart of the Tablelands Way, Oberon will delight. 

Enjoy the laid-back cool country lifestyle and four distinct seasons including intermittent snowfalls. 3 hours drive west of Sydney and north of Canberra you reach the high country, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and know you are truly on top of the plateau with elevations from 300 to 1,360 metres above sea level. Oberon was named in 1863, inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Incredible vistas of the region as you enter from either direction give you the feel of being in Shakespeare country and many of the local roads and buildings are aptly named, such as Titania Motel!

Discover more rich history at Oberon’s Museum Precinct. Fertile grazing produces the region's beef cattle and sheep; one family-run sheep station receiving the honor of the 2nd highest price ever recorded in Australia for a meat sheep. Be sure to taste quality local produce at monthly Farmers Markets or relaxing by an open fire at pubs and cafes where you can meet friendly locals and hear a yarn. Field to Forest Festival is an ideal time to visit, offering an array of activities, 4WD Foraging Tours and Winemakers and Brewers Trail, highlighting unique regional producers.





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Autumn brings highly sought-after pine mushrooms, so why not join informative Foraging Tours to receive the whole ‘forest experience’. Seasonal events attract a following such as Oberon’s Agricultural Show, Rodeo, Outdoor Month, and Open Gardens.

Wander through magnificent Mayfield Garden 363 days, notably the largest cool climate garden in the Southern Hemisphere.  Oberon offers many opportunities to reconnect in nature with the family and make lifetime memories for free or on a budget. Gold was discovered in 1823 and the region is still well known for sapphire, zircon, and gold which attract fossickers, a fun activity for all the family.

Nothing better than being in the outdoors panning for gold or sieving for gemstones in creeks to find your first bit of treasure! 4WD and horse ride scenic trails or cycle sealed historic rail trail and exhilarating MBTs meandering through the bush.

Stretch your legs on local bushwalks or further afield world heritage Kanangra-Boyd National Park’s waterfalls and jaw-dropping lookouts to Kanangra Walls. Be guided 365 days through the world’s oldest limestone caves at Jenolan and encounter native wildlife, kangaroos, wombats, and platypus.

Take a rewarding paddle in your kayak on Lake Oberon, open to anglers all year, free-camp, BBQ your trout, and sit back to watch sunsets over the lake. Drive picturesque countryside to nearby local historic villages, fine wineries, art galleries, delicious country pub lunches, or simply picnic by the riverbank.

Oberon is the hidden gem of the Central Tablelands and these are just some of the attractions, so why not stay a few days. Luxury bed and breakfasts, farm stays, and unique truffle hunts or simply camping under a blanket of stars in nature! 

Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Four days in Oberon!

Reconnect with family in the great outdoors and not break the budget!

Surrounded by scenic National Parks, and 94,000 hectares of pine plantations, Oberon has many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This relaxed country town has more than you imagine and is the perfect place to reconnect with the family and immerse yourself in nature without breaking the budget.

Open gardens, trout fishing, waterfalls, scenic lookouts, foraging, and fossicking are some of the unique experiences Oberon has to offer



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