A Weekend in Mt. Wilson & Carcoar


Please join me for a short retreat to CARCOAR – a town that time forgot!

We depart Sydney by train on Friday from Central to Mt. Victoria.  Then by private coach to Mt. Wilson for an afternoon visit to Nooroo, one of the most beautiful gardens in this area.   Then by private coach to Carcoar for the weekend.  Saturday will be exploring and creating art around Carcoar.  After Sunday breakfast we depart by private coach and picnic lunch to discover a local area and then to the mid afternoon train from Lithgow to Central. (Closer to this weekend we’ll check the calendar for what exhibitions, sculpture parks and gardens are open around this area).




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 


Fri 9th April
We depart by train from Central Station approx 9.20am to Mt. Victoria; then private coach to Nooroo, Mt Wilson and arrive Carcoar in the late afternoon.
Dinner and accommodation at Shalom.


Sat 10th April
A relaxing day exploring the pristine town of Carcoar with all meals and accommodation at Shalom. Maybe join the friendly and welcoming locals at the pub in the main street.  

Sun 11th April
Leisurely brunch outdoors if the weather is good and then depart Carcoar by private coach.  We’ll stop enroute with picnic lunch to explore a local area before taking a mid afternoon Sydney bound train from Bathurst or Lithgow.



  • 2 nights single supp. accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 2 dinners
  • (please notify dietary requirements at time of booking)
  • private coach/driver transfer Mt. Victoria to Carcoar
  • private coach/driver transfer Carcoar to Bathurst or Lithgow


  • Day 1: train Syd-Mt. Victoria ($2.50 senior)
  • Day 3: train Lithgow-Syd ($2.50 senior)
  • Alcohol or art materials

Carcoar station



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

Carcoar house & church



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.  NB 5 bedrooms are offered beside a bathroom (in various areas of Shalom).  If you require one of these please nominate at time of booking.

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






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