There comes a point in life when you need to ditch the city for a couple of days and take in that sweet country air; enter Forbes, NSW.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot surrounded by luscious grass and trees, look no further than Lake Forbes. The perfect place for a picnic, head down to Bernardi’s and grab a basket full of food, a rug and relax the afternoon away.
With walking tracks spanning nearly 5km around the parks, as well as cycling tracks, you can therefore take your time embracing nature at your own pace.
No country visit would be complete without a visit to the local bakery. Everybody considers The Bake House to be the best place in town to grab a coffee and freshly baked goods. With a great team of staff providing friendly service, here’s your chance to grab a slice of true country hospitality.
If live music is more your thing, the annual Van Fest music festival combines local and international acts to bring a world class music experience to country NSW. The two-day event is the perfect opportunity to not only kick back with friends and listen to great music, but also browse the market stalls and have a drink at the beach bars.
Ben Hall Festival
The Ben Hall Festival is a celebration of the life of the bushranger of which the town is named after. With many events planned over the weekend including whip cracking demonstrations and performances from the town band, the community have really come together to put something special on. One of the many highlight’s of the festival is the re-enactment of Ben Hall’s shooting, which is performed by the Lachlan Living History Group. A special guest of the festival is none other than Ben Hall’s great-great nephew, Nigel Maclean, who will be there to share his collection of original songs about the bushranger.
Situated right next to Lake Forbes, you will find the Ben Hall Motor Inn!
Who is Ben Hall?
HISTORY LESSON: Back in 1860, Ben Hall was the leader of his gang who made their way across town to rob, loot and steal all that he could. However, they would mainly target the rich and wealthy, and with the help of the poor, they were able to hide from the law. Australians now know him as their very own Robin Hood.
After a few days of exploring and taking in the country air, you will feel relaxed, recharged and ready for the week ahead.