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Sculpture down the Lachlan
A permanent, inland sculpture trail like no other. A 100km sculpture trail between Forbes and Condobolin along the Lachlan River - a "bush version" of Sydney's famous "Sculpture by the Sea". Within months the community took hold of this concept whole heartedly.
The aim? To create an art trail of international recognition in order to generate tourism and diversify the rural economy.
And the name? Sculpture Down the Lachlan pays tribute to Banjo Paterson's line about meeting Clancy of the Overflow "down the Lachlan".
Abundant in history, Forbes has long been known for its historic buildings, most of which are still in use today. Many were featured in the film 'The Dish'. The heritage walk allows you to explore this unique heritage and town.
The Central Business District Walk takes in 18 sites and takes approximately 110 minutes to complete.
Visit the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre located at the north end of Lake Forbes. See the "Family Matters" sculpture by well-known local artist Brett "Mon" Garling and the series of story poles, each sharing an aspect of Indigenous culture, which are along the pathway from the Dreaming Centre to the Camp Street Bridge.
Lake Forbes is a restful place for picnickers and travellers. The banks are grassy and there are barbecue and picnic facilities, large shade trees with abundant birdlife and playgrounds. A tranquil relaxing place to meander the 4.8 kilometres of walkway and cycling tracks, sharing the beauty with the swans and other aquatic wildlife living on and around the lake. Lake Forbes also now provides a free water park for the kids which is accessible via Bandon Street.
Gum Swamp attracts many different species of birdlife all year round.
A popular location for both the birdlife and the enthusiasts who wish to observe them.
It can be found just a few kilometres south of the town of Forbes and features 4 "hides" allowing people the opportunity to view the birds in their habitat.
Enter via Greens Road (turn right when coming from town), and catch sight of the magnificent goanna sculpture (aka Gugaa) as you take the path into the reserve area from the carpark.
Forbes & District Historical Society Museum
The Forbes and District Historical Society Museum is housed in 'Osborne Hall' - the dance hall of the Osborne Hotel which was built circa 1878.
Displayed in the Museum are items pertaining to all facets of the history of Forbes including Aboriginal artefacts, furniture, photographs, tools, clothing, and household wares together with a large display of old and historic machinery including an "Ivel" tractor.
There is also an exhibition about Ben Hall - The Myths Behind the Legend, and a World War One exhibition relating to Forbes' contribution to World War One.
Forbes Platypus Gallery
Located right in the middle of the central business district is the Forbes Platypus Gallery. The Gallery is operated by the Members and Friends of the Forbes Arts Society.
On exhibition and for sale are works from artists in the Forbes, Parkes, Orange, Cowra, Peak Hill and surrounding areas.
Call in and browse the magnificent works, and you never know; you might just find a special piece that catches your eye.
The Forbes Farmers Markets are located in Victoria Park and are held on the 4th Saturday of each month (December can be the exception)
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