Canowindra - home of the fish fossils and hot air balloons
Canowindra is located at the Southern end of the Cabonne Shire, 36kms from Cowra and 60kms from Orange. Canowindra is well known for its warm climate wines with many cellar doors for the wine connoisseur to choose from.
Canowindra’s main street presents a streetscape of outstanding historical significance. The street is a very unusual shape, following the crooked route of the old bullock track and is unaffected by time complete with late nineteenth century architecture.
Canowindra is home to a world famous 360 million year old fish fossil collection. The collection is housed in the Age of Fishes Museum where visitors can view the original fossil slabs along with audio and visual displays and two permanent exhibitions. Enjoy the gift shop, picnic ground, outdoor timeline, education den and the sculpture garden. The Museum is conveniently located in Canowindra’s main street and is the accredited visitor information centre. The new aduio tour is a "must do."
Canowindra is well known for it's collection of galleries showing works by local painters, potters and artisans. The main street boasts several art galleries and boutique retail stores. There are also many quaint country pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to appease your appetite.
If you look up, don't be surprised to see majestic hot air balloons drifting across the sky. The early mornings in particular are very popular and the town hosts the Canowindra Balloon Challenge in April - a spectacular event which attracts huge crowds each year.
Accommodation options are varied carrying the charm and friendliness of the town. Options range from lavish rooms on a vineyard, luxury stone cottages with breathtaking views overlooking the magnificent Lachlan valley, several well appointed boutique B&Bs, fully serviced caravan park and a very comfortable motel to a heritage listed guesthouse located in Canowindra's historic main street.
Canowndra is the real deal, a thriving country town with local characters and an undiminished spirit, you may come across some real surprises whilst exploring the local area. There are over a dozen boutique vineyards and wineries offering tastings of exceptional award winning wines, outstanding views and all presented to you with pride and passion.