Thirty-eight kilometres south-west along the Mid-Western Highway from Bathurst, the Belubula River town of Blayney was underpinned by gold before settling back into the role of major centre for surrounding agricultural producers.
Early settlers planted English trees and the town puts on quite a show of colour in the autumn. The town has a number of heritage buildings dating back to the late 1800s. The standouts include the post office and courthouse, both of which were built in 1880 in Victorian Classical style.
Blayney is within a few minutes drive of the historic villages of Millthorpe and Carcoar which had the dubious distinction of hosting the first NSW bank hold-up in 1863, but its charming old buildings and Stokes Stable Museum are infinitely more interesting than its links with desperados.
The Carcoar Dam is a popular camping spot for visiting anglers in a region renowned for its trout streams and lakes.