Forbes Travel Guide

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    Forbes Town Hall
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    St. Johns Anglican church
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Forbes Things to Do

  • 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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  • LAKE FORBES & PARK

    On either side of Lake Forbes is a lovey lawned area for picnics and BBQ's with free Toilets located on both sides. You won't miss seeing the Vampire Jet sitting atop a pole. This is a 1949 RAAF single-seater fighter bomber that carried four 20mm cannons and 2000 lb rockets.We watched the bird life which turned out to be quite fascinating. Dozen's...

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  • THE CATHOLIC PRECINCT # 9

    The Catholic precinct in Forbes covers a good sized area and has some interesting old buildings which are classified by the National Trust of Australia.The Catholics weren't having much luck with Churches in Forbes, St Laurence's was the third to be built in Forbes. The site for this church,which is the one still standing today, was regarded by the...

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  • NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK # 8

    The National Australia Bank [NAB] is another beautiful building. Built in 1884, it was designed by Mansfield Bros and built in 1884, this was one of the first substantial bank buildings in Forbes. It's another lovely building classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW))

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  • FORBES COURT HOUSE # 7

    On one side of Victoria Park is the Victorian Classical Revival Court House, designed by Colonial Architect James Barnet in 1880.The signage outside reads "There were two earlier Court Houses before this building was erected in 1880." Since it was built a public gallery was added in 1884. Early records document Ben Hall's highway robbery charge in...

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  • VICTORIA PARK # 6

    Time to rest our legs, and where better than at Victoria Park, a lovely park surrouded by beautiful old historic buildings, including the Court House, the huge Vandenberg Hotel, the Town Hall and both St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and St John's Anglican Church.This lovely park has a very nice Grecian Fountain which was donated by Mayor William...

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  • ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH # 5

    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built 1877 at a cost of £1,300. It replaced a wooden church from 1862 that was destroyed by a storm.Built from local stone in Gothic style, I thought it a rather pretty Church. It has an impressive octagonal bell-tower and spire, a steeply-sloping slate roof and some fine stained-glass windows.As usual you can't...

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  • VANDENBERG HOTEL # 4

    Built in 1879, the large Vandenberg Hotel looked to be in its original condition. This large Hotel was formerly the Court House Hotel, is a stuccoed brick building with a large timber verandah in near original condition and slender cast-iron columns and iron lace-work balustrading. I would love to see it given a coat of paint and the verandah...

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  • ST. JOHNS ANGLICAN CHURCH # 3

    St John's Anglican Church is one that stands out in Forbes. It was built out of local quarried stone in Victorian Gothic style, designed by B Backhouse and constructed between 1874 and 1877. It was built on land donated to the church building fund. The Spire has never been completed, the squat tower finishing in a louvered, flat topped belfry.Over...

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  • FORBES HERITAGE WALK # 1 TOWN HALL

    Forbes was a wealthy gold rush town so once again we find magnificent buildings because of all the money around at that time. The best way to see these lovely old buildings, is by picking up the heritage trail brochure which will take you to 18 sites through-out the CBD.Another brochure is the Walk or Drive - (2 Sites - 40 minutes to complete)This...

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  • FORBES POST OFFICE # 2

    Also located on the National Trust list, is the beautiful Post Office located at the corner of Court and Lachlan Streets. This elegant two-storey stuccoed brick post office (1879-81) was designed by Colonial Architect, James Barnet. The ground-floor colonnade and arched first-floor windows are capped by an unusual three-storey clock tower whose...

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  • SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LACHLAN ART PARK

    Located in Forbes was a new sculpture park I hadn't seen before. It's part of the "Somewhere down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail" that is a long term project for the Forbes area. It's hoped to bring tourists to the area.First prize for the winning sculpture was $20,000, money worth trying to win. After the winner is chosen, then it's acquired by...

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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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    FORBES SERVICES MEMORIAL CLUB: CHEAP MEALS

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    Where to eat in Forbes on the weekend turned out to be a bit of a problem. Country towns are a bit dead once Saturday shopping finishes.

    We found the Forbes Services Memorial club and decided to give that a go as these clubs usually do good meals.

    The Bistro area was nice area with large big windows for a good view of outside. We chose a table next to a window, then went and ordered our meal and were given a "beeper" to come and collect the meal when it beeped.

    We both decided to have a roast lunch, as since being on the road we hadn't had one for quite a while.

    They were fairly busy but we really didn't have to wait that long. We had Roast Beef with gravy, with Roast potato and pumpkin, cauliflower, carrots and beans - Cost $16.50 each in 2016
    The meal was ok, could have been better. We may return and try a different meal as we saw the list of meals available during the week.

    When arriving at the club you must sign in and be dressed appropriately.

    The bistro is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
    Lunch is served from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Dinner 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
    The Bistro is open an extra hour on Friday and Saturday, closing at 9:00 PM.

    There are two options for dining here - Club Bistro on Templar, and Cafe on Court.
    The Café servesdesserts, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, melts and more light, quick and easy meals.

    They even do "Meals on the run" Call 02 6852 1488 and your meal will be hot and ready for you to pick up.

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Forbes Nightlife

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    The Vandenberg Hotel: The Van

    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...

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Forbes Transportation

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    by train to Forbes ? - rather not...

    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

  • CAR PARKING IN FORBES

    As we travelled by car to Forbes on arrival it was where to park the car in this busy town.There wa 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...

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  • 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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Forbes What to Pack

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    Packing list...

    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... ;)

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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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  • PLAQUES ON HERITAGE BUILDINGS

    I really love towns and cities that put plaques on heritage listed and historic buildings as it makes finding them so much easier if you haven't been able to pick up the free heritage walking brochure from the Tourist Information centre. Each plaque gave details of age, ownership and any other information to do with the building. I found them very...

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  • 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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