Forbes Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by globetrott
  • Things to Do
    by globetrott
  • Things to Do
    by globetrott

Forbes Things to Do

  • FORBES COURT HOUSE

    Another historic building in Forbes! The Court House was built in 1880 to serve the large district which included Parkes and Condobolin. Would you believe, within the Victoria Square precinct there are 9 buildings classified by the National Trust

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  • LAKE FORBES & PARK

    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...

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  • ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    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.

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  • VICTORIA PARK

    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...

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  • FORBES HERITAGE WALK

    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,...

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  • VANDENBERG HOTEL

    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....

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  • ST. JOHNS ANGLICAN CHURCH

    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.

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  • NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK

    The National Australia Bank [NAB] is another beautiful building. Built in 1884, this was one of the first substantial bank buildings in Forbes. As it stands today, it is nearly all original.

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  • FORBES POST OFFICE

    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...

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  • McFEETER'S MOTOR MUSEUM

    Since I last passed through Forbes, a new Motor Museum has been built. We couldn't miss seeing it, as its located on the Newell Highway on the outskirts of Forbes.We didn't go in, I just picked up a brochure from the info centre. It states that it's a collection of vehicles from between 1905 and 1999, that includes veterans, vintage, classic,...

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  • the war memorial

    Something that I was never really aware of is the fact that Australia also took part in the Vietnam War and other wars and when driving through Australia you will find a lot of memorials for the local soilders who lost their lives in these wars.The memorial in Forbes was really quite impressive with these marching soldiers on the monument.

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  • The courthouse of 1880

    You will hardly find any village or town in New South Wales without its own Court House. That was obviously necessary as Australia's first settlers were mainly convicts...In most places,where I saw such courthouses, the police-station is still to be found next to them.

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  • The Commercial Bank & other great...

    The Commercial Bank of Australia was founded in 1831 and they opened a branch in Forbes in 1873 inside this great building of great architecture.You will see a lot of other interesting buildings with great architecture when you take a walk through Forbes.

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  • The townhall of Forbes

    The townhall of Forbes was built on Victoria Square and it is the next building that I found quite interesting in style and architecture. This townhall was built in 1891, at the time, when Forbes was a rich and wealthy gold mining town . The times of goldmining are over now, but these great buildings remained.

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  • the postoffice of Forbes

    This is the postoffice of Forbes, an impressive building that dates back to the end of the 19th century. You will find it in the very centre of the town, next to some other great buildings, so make a stop and talk a walk of maybe 1 hour to see them all !

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  • old, wooden trucks

    This was an interesting section of the car-museum, that was not in the ordinary exhibition of vintage-cars, but rather shown in a shed between tracktors and other machineries.I had asked one of the employees of the museum, if there are any other cars than there in the big hall, and they said NO, thats all ! So they did not considder them as cars,...

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  • Old Steam-tractors galore

    I have to say I have never seen so many steam-tractors in one place so far as in the Museum of Parkes. They have about 40 of them in all sizes. These machines had been used also as engines to drive other machineries, this is what the large wheel is for: a wide, strong rubberband was going from there to other machineries to make them work.

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  • a museum of old things

    This is another quite interesting part of the museum: Right after the exhibitions of Elvis Presley and the vintage cars you will find a great collection of things of every-day-life of yesterday. Take a look at my extra pictures here as well, there are sewing-machines, cameras of the early days, household-utensils, clocks etc.etc.etc.

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Forbes Nightlife

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    by CandS Updated Nov 1, 2003

    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...

    The Van
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Forbes Transportation

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    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2011

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    Trains in Australia are mostly used for transportation of goods and passangers-trains are not existing on most of the side-lines. So the bus is your only option of public transport to Forbes and one of the bus-stations for overland-buses is in front of the tourist-information of Forbes, see it in my picture, it is also the former train-station of Forbes that is used as a shop and tourist-information nowadays.This station was opened in 1893 and went out of service in 1980.
    Below you will have a link to the web-site of the bus-company !

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Forbes Local Customs

  • HERITAGE LETTERBOX

    Some of these country towns/cities still have their historic Letter-boxes. How nice to see them again. They look so strong and attractive, are painted red just like our new ones, but are far more attractive!

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  • TIDY TOWN WINNER

    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...

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  • CAR PARKING IN FORBES

    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...

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Forbes What to Pack

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    by CandS Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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... ;)

    Albion Hotel
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Forbes Off The Beaten Path

  • Have a "Ben Hall" experience in Forbes

    Here we have one again: a monument for a bushranger,and his name is Ben Hall (1837–1865)You will find his monument next to the tourist-information inside the former trainstation of Forbes and this is the inscription written on it:Ben Hall took openly to Bushranging in 1863, though he was long suspected of beeing an accomplice of Frank Gardiner.For...

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  • Parkes Satellite Dish

    Another view of the Dish...this time with canola fields in front... ;) There was an Aussie movie filmed and named after The Dish although I haven't seen it as yet, I'm told it's not a bad movie though... :)

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  • Parkes Satellite Dish

    Parkes is about 30 minutes drive north of Forbes...on one trip I came across this big satellite dish...You can do tours at the Dish too if you're interested in that sort of thing...otherwise you can just look around on your own... :)

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Forbes Favorites

  • The small plane...

    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...

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  • Forbes Streets

    The town of Forbes itself isn't huge so you will be able to find your way around the streets fairly easily without any troubles. It only takes a short drive or walk to find most things... Car parks are quite easy to find all over town too.

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  • Sky diving

    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...

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