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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.

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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.

 

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Barcoos Farmstay Bathurst: A Country Escape In The Central West

Does your family need a little fresh country air and some time interacting with farm animals? How about a Central West farmstay at Barcoos, just a 10-minute drive from Bathurst.

At Barcoos Farmstay you can interact with all sorts of farm animals, from the friendly sheepdogs to Georgia the pig, the dozens of interesting varieties of chickens, horses, cows, ducks, a donkey and two alpacas. There are daily pony rides and also rides in the sulky, pulled by a sweet little Shetland pony called Coco.

Hunter the little white Shetland pony is very patient indeed with all who ride him. Even the farm dogs enjoy a pony ride. Patting Prudence the gigantic Clydesdale horse is another favourite activity. Kids also love collecting the freshly laid eggs from the chicken coops.

Animal feeding takes place twice daily and it is carefully supervised. Kids need to be taught how to carefully approach some of the animals, especially Erica and Aqualigia the alpacas who can be quite skittish. But they are soon literally eating out of the kids hands.

There are several accommodation options at Barcoos Farmstay, with two two-bedroom cottages and the five bedroom farmhouse which can sleep 10 people. There are also caravan and camping sites, both powered and unpowered.

Families can also visit Barcoos Farmstay for farm tours, without staying the night. This is a great idea for a day out at the weekend or during school holidays.

Barcoos Farmstay does get booked up quickly, so it is always best to plan ahead.

Barcoos? Yes, it is a funny name. The farmstay is actually named after Farmer’s Elaine’s first ever Clydesdale horse, a gentle giant named Barcoo.

Barcoos Farmstay

Address: 1080 Trunkey Road, Perthville (via Bathurst) NSW 2795

Phone: 0429 337 439

Check out more about Barcoos Farmstay and book a visit here:

Barcoo’s Barn website is here

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