Blayney | New South WalesThis mid-19th century gold-mining town is a centre for the surrounding farming and grazing region of the picturesque Belubula River Valley. The goldrush of the 1850s and 60s sparked development in the district and gold is still mined at Cadia Gold Mine. The opening of another mine is planned for the future.
Main AttractionsMany items associated with the development of Blayney are displayed at the Viv Kable Museum in the Blayney Library, Adelaide St. Here you can also carry out family and local history research. The town also has a number of art and craft outlets. There are 2 parks with picnic facilities: Heritage Park in Adelaide St and Carrington Park in Osman St. Church Hill Lookout, accessed through the industrial estate north of the town, gives a panoramic view of the surrounding Belubula Valley.
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Blayney is a good base for exploring the district's historic settlements. Carcoar, 14km SW, is in a pleasant valley setting. In 1863, it was the scene of the first recorded daylight bank robbery in New South Wales. The third oldest town west of the Blue Mountains, Carcoar has remained relatively untouched since the 19th century. Some of the historic buildings now house antique shops and tea-rooms. Carcoar Dam is a popular recreation area with camping facilities. From Carcoar Dam there are excellent views of the recently opened Blayney Wind Farm. Millthorpe is a National Trust-classified village, 11km NW, with bluestone churches and workers' cottages. Millthorpe's Golden Memories Museum displays more than 5000 items illustrating how people lived in the late 1800s.
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