Things To Do

Things to Do in Forbes

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Forbes is an attractive, progressive river town in the Central West of NSW. It is located on the Lachlan River and the Newell Highway between Parkes and West Wyalong. The town is 380km west of Sydney and currently has a population of 10,000.

Forbes has some interesting tales to tell from the gold rush era. However, it is now part of a grain-growing region where wheat and similar crops are produced. Local attractions include arts, crafts, wineries and nature reserves. A relaxed country atmosphere along with charming heritage buildings makes Forbes a fascinating place to explore.

Ben Hall Place, located near Goobang Creek, is where the notorious outlaw Ben Hall was shot dead by police in 1865. The Forbes Museum contains many interesting displays of how rural life used to be and there are many more local attractions to be seen in the area.

The town has good transport links and is serviced by coach, rail and air transport via the nearby airport at Parkes.

Attractions and eating out

Just a stone’s throw away from our comfortable motel accommodation is a wealth of attractions to keep you entertained during your visit. If you have any queries about what to do in the area, our motel accommodation staff will be happy to advise you.

  • Heritage trail – Visiting 18 sites in town, this trail explores Forbes’ proud and infamous history with some sites featuring in the celebrated Australian film ‘The Dish’.
  • Lake Forbes – Take it easy, have a picnic and check out the beautiful Australian wildlife.
  • Motor Museum – A collection of meticulously restored motor vehicles and bikes, this museum also has a café and cellar door so you’re sure to find something for everyone!
  • Gum Swamp and Bird Hide – Featured in the Australian National Geographic magazine, this site has over 150 species of birds and native flora.
  • Utes in the Paddock (1-hour drive) - A quirky, quintessential Australian celebration of our outback culture, this display has to be seen to be believed!
  • Sahara Park Riding School – With ponies and horses for all ages and levels of experience, it makes the perfect day out when visiting Forbes.
  • Superbee Honey Outlet​ – As one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of honey, a stop by the local outlet will satisfy all taste buds.

Forbes has a great variety of restaurants to choose from to suit all palates. Ask our motel accommodation staff for recommendations or choose from one of our favourites:

  • Garden Chinese
  • Golden Dragon Chinese
  • Ben Hall Beau Thai
  • Wah Wah Chinese
  • Vanderberg Hotel - The oldest hotel licensee in Australia!
  • Flavours Restaurant (Forbes Golf & Sportsman Hotel)
  • Freshwater Dining – Fine dining in Forbes
  • The Scarlett Table - Where mainstream Australian meets authentic Indian food

Forbes has a huge amount to offer everyone from the conference attendee to the weekend visitor or the family on holiday. For affordable motel accommodation close to the main attractions, book your room at the Forbes Victoria Inn today. With our comfortable rooms and friendly staff, it’ll feel like a home away from home.

For perfectly located motel accommodation in Forbes, book a room at the Forbes Victoria Inn today on 02 6851 2233 .

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