Thirty-four kilometres north-west of Temora, the small town of Ariah Park’s major claim to fame is that it was here that the NSW Railways launched its first bulk-wheat loading operation in 1916. The historic event is duly recorded on a plaque adorning an old S-truck wagon parked on a town siding.
Wheat and wool are still the staples in the region, and the lifestyle has been enhanced by the diversion of water from Mirrol Creek to form a lake 5km out of town. Lake Abortree not only keeps local and visiting anglers up to the mark, but is a favourite water skiing and picnicking spot.
Known as the town of bowsers, wowsers and peppercorn trees, Ariah Park is a pleasant, well-treed town with a main street dominated by a cenotaph and a typical two-storeyed bush pub with a wide verandah and latticed balcony.
The nearby gold town of Temora was the home of outstanding pacer Paleface Adios. A lifesize statue of the champion with owner-trainer Keith Pike in the sulky is the centrepiece of the town plaza.