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"Hot Air Ballooning Capital of Australia"
Being in NSW Bushranger country, Canowindra was once known as the town held captive by Frank Gardiner's gang of bushrangers which included Ben Hall.
The gang occupied the town for three days in 1863. Apparently they ordered all the residents, including the policeman, into Robinson's Hotel and forced them to join the party. (Robinson's Hotel is no longer standing but has been replaced by the Royal Hotel).
Frank Gardiner’s Gang were responsible for the gold hold up at Escort Rock near Eugowra – the gold has never been found.
A country town with an olde world charm, Canowindra sits beside the Belubula river and dates back to the late 1830's after Governor Fitzroy crossed the Belubula River here in 1836.
Helping to create a real feel of the 19th century are the many verandahs and old shops along the heritage listed, crooked main street, which follows the original old bullock team road .
Many of the buildings in Canowindra's historic main street are listed on the National Trust.
Situated approximately 4 hours west of Sydney between Orange and Cowra and 2 1/2 hours north of Canberra it has a population of around 2,100.
Facilities include lovely parks great for picnics, a swimming centre, golf, bowling and service clubs. There are several Hotels, a Motel, Bed & Breakfast, Caravan Park, cafes and restaurants and also a number of local Wineries..
Coinciding with Orange Food Week, every April Canowindra hosts a 100 Mile Dinner in their crooked main street. Long tables overhung with colourful lanterns are set up for a communal feast of exceptional regional produce and wines sourced from within a 100 mile radius.
The Swinging Bridge over the Belubula - the first foot bridge dates back to 1928 and lasted until 1934 when it was washed away by the big flood of that year. A new bridge replaced it in 1938 lasting for 60 years before being replaced in1998.
When the Belubula River floods, this bridge is one of the only ways to cross it.
Whilst visiting take some short drives (30 mins & less) from Canowindra and you'll find yourself in some of the following places -
Each year in March Canowindra clears Gaskill Street to make way for long communal tables and chairs running the length of the historic crooked main street - with colourful lanterns overhead providing a festive atmosphere for the popular dinner.
The philosophy of the event remains true to the 100 Mile Diet concept with all produce sourced from within a 100 mile radius of Canowindra.
“This is a celebration of our produce, the hard work of local producers and delivered with our own version of country hospitality,”
For details and bookings of the current year's event please visit the site below.