A Weekend in Carcoar

OVERVIEW

Please join me for a weekend in CARCOAR – the town that time forgot! … including Mayfield Gardens, Oberon; Regional Gallery, Orange; Champion Sheep Dog Trials, Molong and Abercrombie Caves.

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 

ABOUT MAYFIELD

One of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens. Formally designed to resemble the great estates of Europe, this 64-hectare garden is set on a 2023-hectare working farm.
www.mayfieldgarden.com.au


ABOUT THE KEDUMBA DRAWING COLLECTION

Since its inception in 1990, the collection holds work by many well known Australian contemporary artists. “The Kedumba Collection has become the most representative collection of drawings of this period in this country.” John Olsen AO OBE.
www.kedumba.org.au


ABOUT NSW CHAMPION SHEEP DOG TRIALS, MOLONG

Over 300 working dogs and approximately 70 workers from NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT converged on Molong for the 2017 event.


ABOUT ABERCROMBIE CAVES

The caves are a series of limestone arch caves. The most popular feature is the Archway – the largest natural arch in the southern hemisphere. Renowned for their karst qualities, namely the formation that has beeneroded by water action, has developed from a sinkhole to become a blind valley.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Friday 22nd March

8.50am depart by blue mountains train from Central station, Sydney
10.50am alight Mt. Victoria for morning tea.

12.00 noon depart with private guide/coach transfer (1 hour) to Mayfield Garden, Oberon for lunch and afternoon garden visit.

Late afternoon (90 mins) transfer to Carcoar for our weekend accommodation.


Saturday 23rd March

Depart after breakfast for Orange Regional Gallery to view the Kedumba drawing collection, also housed around the walls of Orange Base Hospital.

With a picnic lunch we’ll drive (1 hour) to experience the NSW Champion Sheep Dog Trials at Molong

Late afternoon return to Carcoar for dinner

 

Sunday 24th March

Depart Carcoar after breakfast to explore Abercrombie Caves with picnic lunch and art materials

Arrive Mt. Victoria for 4.02pm train to Central (arrive 6.02pm)

 

 

TOUR INFO

INCLUDED

  • accommodation and all meals
  • (please notify dietary requirements at time of booking)
  • en plein air art sessions
  • transport by private coach/driver
  • lunch and entry to Mayfield Garden, Oberon

NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1: train Syd-Mt. Victoria ($2.50 senior)
  • Day 3: train Mt Victoria-Syd ($2.50 senior)Confirmation of train timetable closer to departure date

Carcoar station

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • casual clothing
  • sensible walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • toiletries
  • art materials – your choice
  • (optional) 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.

Visit the Shalom Retreat website here.

Shalom Retreat

PRICE

$750 per person

 

Carcoar

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