On either side of Lake Forbes is a lovey lawned area for picnics and BBQ's. Toilets are located on both sides. You won't miss seeing the Vampire Jet sitting atop a pole. This is a single-seater fighter bomber introduced tot the RAAF in 1949, carried four 20mm cannons and 2000 lb rockets.We watched the bird life which turned out to be quite...more
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built 1877. The Church was built from local stone, a rather pretty Church with an impressive octagonal bell-tower and spire, a steeply-sloping slate roof and some fine stained-glass windows. It replaced an earlier wooden church which was situated on the eastern edge of town near what was then swampy ground.more
Time to rest our legs, and where better than at Victoria Park, a lovely park within the old town square. This lovely park has a very nice fountain which was donated by Mayor William Thomas in 1891. Surrounding the Fountain, was a lot of Lavender which was just about to flower. The Trees in the park were turning colour [May], one of them an Elm...more
Forbes is a town with lots of beautiful buildings. So tourist's can see the best of these, a heritage trail brochure showing 18 sites through-out the CBD has been produced.Another brochure is the Walk or Drive - (2 Sites - 40 minutes to complete)This can be picked up at Forbes Shire Council offices, located at the corner of Harold and Court Street,...more
Built in 1879, the large Vandenberg Hotel looked to be in its original condition. I would love to see it given a coat of paint and the verandah lacework painted too, it would look great!. The Hotel was named after the first owner.It was a bit hard to imagine this Hotel in its early days, when there were beautiful gardens, a fountain and stables....more
Building St John's Anglican gothic styled Church out of local quarried stone began in 1874.The nave was completed in 1877. The roof originally was made of shingle, now it has been replaced with slate tiles. If it is open, go inside, as there are 16 memorial stained glass windows that are said to be beautiful. Sundays would be the best time.more
Another building on the National Trust list, is the beautiful Post Office completed in 1881. ThIs was the first of four post offices established in late 1861 under the name Black Ridge Post Office. In 1861, one Postmaster had to do all the work, quite a lot too, as there were 15,000 miners living here then.This Post Office is featured on a set of...more
The Van is a great place to go for some drinks while in Forbes... It's where all the sky divers end up each time and there's always a huge party on after a day out at the airstrip. :)
If you're a good talker you can usually talk the barman into giving you lots of shots for a lower price if you get a group of you together... Give it a go... ;)
Dress Code: Anything goes basically...
As I was about to enter Victoria Park in Forbes, I noticed a lot of plaques attached to the gate surrounds.It was wow! Forbes had won "The Australian Tidy Town Award' many times since it was launched in 1968 in Western Australia as an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful. Towns and Cities receive these awards, if they win the competition for the...more
We travelled by car to Forbes. Where to park the car? Plenty of street parking, but take note, parking here is with the rear end of the car to the kerb and the nose pointing out, different to most other Australian towns when parking at a 45° angle.You will see other cars parked this way, or check out the sign post. Park the correct way so you don't...more
Take some cool clothes for summer time...it gets very hot during the days! If you're there in the winter months then take a warm jacket etc...it can get cold...
If you want to go sky diving you will need some 'old' clothes that you don't mind getting dirty... You'll be rolling around on the ground at least once during the day... ;)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You'll be able to find most things in Forbes...
Miscellaneous: Take (or buy) plenty of sunscreen...you will need it...especially in summer... And especially if you're out learning static line sky diving... ;)
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Here is the little aeroplane that they take you up in to do the sky diving jump...tiny huh!? It only just fits 6 people in (the pilot, the jump master and four 'newbies') - even then everyone is basically sitting on top of each other...haha!!!The club that runs the static line sky diving is called Western Districts Parachute Club and they are based...more
My friend and myself about to get into the (tiny) plane ready to do our first ever sky diving 'jump'...woohoo!!! :)I did 'static line' (solo) sky diving. We were attached to the plane by a cord that opened the parachute about five seconds after 'jumping'...once the parachute opened we had to steer ourselves to the ground using the helper below who...more