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Visit, Live & Invest in Forbes Shire::

About Forbes

 

Under the slogan 'FRIENDLY, HISTORIC, INVITING', Forbes has flourished in recent years and its infrastructure has been developed to cater for an increasing number of tourists.

Situated in the heart of the Lachlan Valley, the Forbes Shire is regarded as one of the richest primary producing areas in the state.

The district's history of white settlement goes back to the 1800s, when John Oxley ventured through the region. A colourful period began with the discovery of gold in 1861, bringing tens of thousands of people to the diggings. Fabulously rich strikes were made, but the goldfields also attracted those who sought treasure by easier means.

Bushrangers Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner and their respective gangs became notorious for their daring robberies in the district, and stories of their exploits have become part of our folklore.

We are proud of our fine historic buildings, many of which retain their original appearance. Built mostly in the late 1800s, they speak of the vision and confidence in an era of unfolding promise.

Council jointly operates the Forbes Tourist Information Centre with members of the Forbes Railway Arts & Crafts Committee. This facility has gained a strong reputation for selling quality locally made goods.

Accommodation for our guests is of high standard as is the service at our numerous restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets.

Forbes stages many special events throughout the year. These attract thousands of visitors to our town.

We hope you will enjoy our hospitality and return to visit us again.

 

Click here to download our brochure Find it in Forbes (PDF - 1331.58KB)

 

Statistics & Facts

 

Information on Forbes Shire such as, population, education, health, sport, transport, distance by road to major cities etc

DISTANCE BY ROAD SYDNEY 386 KMS
CANBERRA 276 KMS
MELBOURNE 685 KMS
BRISBANE 1029 KMS
ADELAIDE 1049 KMS
DUBBO 152 KMS
ORANGE 119 KMS
RAIL Passenger service - Country Link provides a rails service from Sydney to Lithgow and Orange with connecting coach to Forbes.
COACH Daily passenger services to and from Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
AERODROME Main runway 09/27 1268 metres long. Radio navigational aids - NDB (Non-directional beacon) FN 486 PAL (Pilot Actuated lighting on main runway) 122.4 Terminal Building
EDUCATION The shire contains five public schools - Forbes High School, Forbes Primary School, Forbes North Primary School, Corinella Public School, Bedgerebong Public School and two private schools, Red Bend Catholic College and St Laurence's Primary School. Other educational groups are Little Learners, Bright Beginnings, Learning Ladder Childcare Centre, Forbes pre-school kindergarten, Forbes Skillshare, Lach-haven, Lachlan House with no steps, College for seniors, Community College and Family Day care. At a tertiary level the area is serviced by the Forbes College of Tafe and the Forbes Conservatorium of Music.
SPORTING FACILITIES Facilities in the shire accommodate Golf, Bowls, Cricket (indoor/outdoor), Netball (indoor/outdoor), Basketball, Horseriding, Equestrian activities, Go-Kart racing, football (3 codes), squash, swimming, shooting, carpets bowls, croquet, flying, gliding, hangliding, hockey, harness racing, pony club & polocrosse, heated swimming complex, greyhound racing and acrhery.
HEALTH Major hospital for the district providing facilities for accident/emergency, medical, surgical, maternity, paediatric, aged care, health promotion and district nurses. It is complemented by the Forbes Community Health Centre. Forbes presently has two medical practices, plus visiting specialists. Forbes also has one dental practice, a school dental clinic plus a visiting orthodontist.
POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS (2006 CENSUS STATS) AGE 0-4 PRESCHOOLERS 6.6% of shire population
AGE 5-19 SCHOOL AGE 22.7% of shire population
AGE 20-34 14.8% of shire population
AGE 35-49 19.5% of shire population
AGE 50-64 19.1% of shire population
65+ 17.3% of shire population
SHIRE AREA 4717.765 square kilometres
POPULATION 9360 Local Government Area (2006 Census)
MAJOR RESOURCES Electricity, Water & Natural Gas
NATURAL GAS Main line runs through Marsden 67km South of Forbes. Service line to Forbes now completed.
TOTAL RATEABLE LAND VALUE $684,578,628 (Base to date 2006)
AVERAGE YEARLY RAINFALL 560 MM
AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE 30.6C (Maximum)
15.2C (Minimum)
TOPOGRAPHY

Undulating flat - Range on east of Shire plains and Jemalong range
Altitude range- 200m to 486m.

 

Tourism in Forbes

 

Welcome to Forbes! We invite you to come and experience our country hospitality, heritage, beautiful natural environment and distinctive local attractions. History will come alive as you explore our town and learn of its gold rush past. Experience Lake Forbes and the Lachlan River or a spectacular sunrise or sunset at the acclaimed Gum Swamp Wildlife Refuge. You will love our boutique and specialty stores and our distinctive local dining. Come and experience Forbes and you'll be left with a lasting impression until next you return. 

 

Forbes Visitor Information Centre Contact Details

 

Name: Forbes Railway Arts & Visitor Information Centre

Opening hours: Open Daily 9am - 4pm

Address: Railway Station, Union Street, Forbes

Email: forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au

Web: www.forbes.nsw.gov.au   

 

Receive a free Forbes Visitor Guide to help plan your stay!
Email forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au to order your copy today.