On June 15, 1862, Australia’s biggest and most infamous gold robbery took place just outside this central-western NSW town when Frank Gardiner’s gang ambushed the Forbes-Orange Cobb & Co coach.
The bushrangers stole 82.5kg of gold and $7400 in cash. Only a small amount of the total haul worth $28,000 was recovered. Gardiner was never brought to book for the robbery and subsequently died of natural causes in California in 1883.
These days Eugowra is a small town nestled in wooded hills and fertile flats. More than 2000 slabs of Eugowra granite were used in the walls of the new Parliament House in Canberra.
The local museum has an interesting collection of Aboriginal artifacts and early farm equipment, while you can step back in time by watching local identity Wilf Norris put his magificent draught horses through their paces.
Ten kilometres to the west of town, Nangar National Park presents a landmark on the plains. The park, which attracts its share of bush-walkers, is rich in flowering native plants and is a significant wildlife refuge.