A weekend in Carcoar

OVERVIEW

Please join me for a weekend in CARCOAR – the town that time forgot!

Carcoar


ABOUT CARCOAR

This 19th-century village, 258 km west of Sydney, was one of the most important government centres in NSW. With buildings on both banks of the Belubula River, the township is classified by the National Trust and in 2006 the population totalled 218 people.

George Evans was the first European surveyor to travel through the area in 1815 and the public school which opened in 1857 is one of the oldest continuous schools in Australia. The first bank robbery in Australia was in Carcoar in 1863 when Johnny Gilbert and John O’Meally led by Ben Hall held up the Commercial Bank.

This is the site of Australia’s first documented uranium deposit; in the mid-1860s Carcoar declined when gold was discovered further to the west. 

Historic Carcoar 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Depart Sydney on Friday morning by train to Blayney; then private transfer to Carcoar. We’ll spend the weekend exploring and creating art around this historic town with wonderful vistas.

Return to Sydney after lunch on Sunday by private transfer to Blayney, then train to Sydney.
(Train timetable revealed closer to departure date).

House in Carcoar

TOUR INFO

INCLUDED

  • accommodation Friday and Saturday
  • meals:  friday dinner ;  saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner ;  sunday breakfast/lunch
    (please notify at time of booking if you have dietary requirements)
  • en plein air art sessions
  • private transfer to/from Blayney railway station

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to/from Blayney 

Carcoar station

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • casual clothing
  • sensible walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • toiletries
  • art materials – your choice
  • portable seat for plein air work

Carcoar house & church

 

ACCOMMODATION

Our accommodation and meals are in the welcoming Shalom retreat. Built in 1874 and 1870 respectively, the old convent/boarding school (St. Joseph’s Mount) is now a house of retreat with single bedrooms and shared bathrooms.

Wake to fresh scents of the valley, native bird song and pleasant views of the town and surrounding hills.

Carcoar

 

Carcoar road

 

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