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Road Trip – On The Art Trail From Orange to Eugowra

Road Trip Part One – Art and Culture itinerary

If you are looking for school holiday activities that are fun for the entire family, stimulating visually, as well as budget friendly, then exploring the art and culture on a road trip in the Central West will tick those boxes. There is lots to discover in each of the quaint and heritage towns in the region too, which you can plan as a day trip or plan as a staycation.

We experienced this recently with a few friends with children aged between 7-14 years, which is ideal for this itinerary. All they need is a little imagination and the day will be golden.

There are few items you can prepare and pack to make the journey even more engaging.

To encourage your children to get into the mindfulness of art and culture, talking about colour as a way of seeing through new eyes before you set off is a good way to set the tone for the road trip. A guided imagery engaging all the senses (you could be imaginative and describe any story), ending with a colour glowing in a woman’s palm can be facilitated using chalk pastels or even paint colour charts. A range of 72 colours is ideal so that each person can choose their colour and spends the day looking for their colour as part of their journey.

Starting from Orange, the distance to Eugowra is approximately one hour by car.

About 25 minutes in on the Mitchell Highway you may spot the Platypus on a penny farthing and Frog on a Bike – part of the fantastic Animals on Bikes paddock art sculptures. Blink and you might miss them! (There are over 100 on display between Molong  and The Dubbo Zoo via Cumnock and Yeoval).

Activity:

Talk about recycled sculptures and mailboxes and how you will see them in many places.

Arrive in Eugowra

Stop at the mural walking tour sign and wander around the murals. The murals represent the town’s unique history and community including the Spring Racing Carnival, Canola Cup and Eugowra Show.

Activity:

Take a picture of you in the mural; not just standing still but somehow interacting with the content. There’s more than 30 murals around town, and you can scroll through the gallery of photos below to see all the fun the children had in front of them! You can find more about the public art and culture map at Culture Maps Central NSW

Food and Drink stop

If you’ve packed a picnic, there are some lovely grassy spots close to the Mandagery Creek or wonderful little cafes that are thriving in town. I stopped for a coffee at The Fat Parcel Food Van which was a good drop and they also offer burgers, sandwiches, toasties, cakes and more. There’s some outdoor seating with some tables providing shade too.

There are also good public bathroom facilities here too, so best to refresh if continuing on.

Eugowra is in the heart of bushranger country so If you have time, stop into the Eugowra Historical Museum & Bushranger Centre where you can learn about Eugowra’s claim to fame in the history books during 1862.

Eugowra has a lovely community pool which might come in handy if it is a cracking hot day; although check the hours of opening as they tend to be limited in small towns.

From here you can continue on the art trail to Grenfell – see link here.

Road Trip – On The Art Trail From Eugowra To Grenfell

Road Trip Part two – Art and Culture itinerary

As part of our Art trail series, Eugowra to Grenfell was the second stop in our itinerary – a further 50 minutes to the Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco.

If you are looking for school holiday activities that are fun for the entire family, stimulating visually, as well as budget friendly, then exploring the art and culture on a road trip in the Central West will tick those boxes. There is lots of discover in each of the quaint and heritage towns in the region too, which you can plan as a day trip or plan it as a staycation.

We experienced this recently with a few friends with children aged between 7-14 years which is ideal for this itinerary. All they need is a little imagination and the day will be golden.

There are few items you can prepare and pack to make the journey even more engaging.

To encourage your children to get into the mindfulness of art and culture, talking about colour as a way of seeing through new eyes before you set off is a good way to set the tone for the road trip. A guided imagery engaging all the senses (you could be imaginative and describe any story), ending with a colour glowing in a woman’s palm can be facilitated using chalk pastels or even paint colour charts. A range of 72 colours is ideal so that each person can choose their colour and spends the day looking for their colour as part of their journey.

Arrive in Grenfell

The distance to Grenfell from Eugowra is approximately 50 minutes by car. Follow the Gooloogong road to take in some of the beautiful scenery and historic buildings to the statute of Henry Lawson in the main street of Grenfell.  You can key in ‘Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco‘ in Google maps to get there or find it with all the region’s other public art on Culture Maps Central NSW.

Activity:

At Henry Lawson sculpture, you can have some fun and interact with him and take a selfie.

A 15 minute walk will take you to ‘Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco‘ passing by the sculptures around the Grenfell Railway Station at 36 West Street, Grenfell.

The mural is one of several painted silos in New South Wales. These are immense and you can read up about the artist and kids can try and guess how many spray cans of paint it took to create this art.

Food and Drink stop

In town Taylor Park on Weddin Street opposite the Post Office building is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. It is leafy with a beautiful play area for kids. There are good bathroom facilities here too.

There a number of food establishments in Main Street offering a variety of different foods.

If you need to cool off, there is the Grenfell Aquatic Centre only a few minutes up the road by car on Forbes and Melyra Streets.

From here you can return back to Orange via Carcoar; see link here or continue on to Dubbo or somewhere within the Central West to explore the art and culture trail. Refer to Culture Maps, Central NSW for more inspiration.

Road Trip – On The Art Trail From Grenfell To Carcoar

Road Trip Part three – Art and Culture itinerary

If you are looking for school holiday activities that are fun for the entire family, stimulating visually, as well as budget friendly, then exploring the art and culture on a road trip in the Central West will tick those boxes. There is lots to discover in each of the quaint and heritage towns in the region too, which you can plan as a day trip or plan it as a staycation.

We experienced this recently with a few friends with children aged between 7-14 years which is ideal for this itinerary. All they need is a little imagination and the day will be golden.

There are few items you can prepare and pack to make the journey even more engaging.

To encourage your children to get into the mindfulness of art and culture, talking about colour as a way of seeing through new eyes before you set off is a good way to set the tone for the road trip. A guided imagery engaging all the senses (you could be imaginative and describe any story), ending with a colour glowing in a woman’s palm can be facilitated using chalk pastels or even paint colour charts. A range of 72 colours is ideal so that each person can choose their colour and spends the day looking for their colour as part of their journey.

It’s also a great idea to pack a sketchbook or clipboard with art paper for kids so they can capture and draw the picturesque scenery along the way.

Starting from Orange, the distance to Carcoar is approximately 40 minutes by car.

If you have followed the full round-trip three-part itinerary from Orange – Eugowra – Grenfell – Carcoar then the distance from Grenfell to Carcoar is approximately 1 hour and 20 mins.

Carcoar is a pretty village with tranquil surrounds and makes a great Staycation stop too.

Activity:

The highlight for all the family here is the 20th Century Toy Museum which is located in the old CBC bank building and has over 2,000 toys in the five rooms downstairs. It costs $4 for entry which I think presents fabulous value!  The collection will certainly have you travelling down memory lane which includes Betty Boop, Simpsons, Japanese Anime, Superheroes, Royal memorabilia and more. Check out our gallery of photos below.

Bring a clipboard with a pen and paper and kids can write something they spot from A – Z for a bit of extra fun.

The courthouse just around the corner is great for kids and adults to “act the part” of judges and plaintiffs. Great for photo opportunities.

Food and Drink stop

Good places to enjoy are the Royal Hotel, Antica Australis restaurant and coffee at the Village Grocer.