What to see - Tourist information
Tourist Information Centre
Forbes Railway Arts and Tourist Centre is situated in the old railway station in Union St. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, tel: (02) 6852 4155. Our region is rich with bushranger history and the Information Centre is home to the famous Ben Hall room.
The Forbes Cemetery which contains the grave of notorious bushranger Ben Hall, shot to death by a hail of gunfire to the north-west of town in May 1865. The site of the shooting is indicated with a marker (enquire about directions from the historical museum or visitors' centre). Fellow gang-members John O'Meally and Warrigal Walsh were buried in unmarked graves (as was Hall initially).
Nearby is the grave of Ned Kelly's sister who was drowned in the Lachlan river in 1898.
Captain Cook's great-grandniece is also buried here.
Town Walk - Lake Forbes
Take a liesurely stroll along the picturesq Lake Forbes and enjoy the scenery and water birdlife which the wonders of the Lachlan river have to offer or why not cool off in the Lake Forbes water park.
A good spot to start your walk is in the scenic parkland adjacent Lake Forbes, off Gordon Duff Drive. The Vampire Jet atop the pole was introduced into the RAAF in 1949. The lake has excellent picnic spots and a newly constructed walking track around its shores
Follow the lake (and Gordon Duff Drive) around to Camp St and walk along the latter, past the all-timber Federation-style Lands Office (1890s). Cross the highway and enter Victoria Lane. To the left, is the Classical Revival courthouse (1880).
Court St has a number of impressive historic features. At the Harold St corner is the two-storey stuccoed town hall, delightfully capped by a dome atop a three-storey octagonal tower.
Almost opposite is the Vandenberg Hotel with its large timber verandah, cast-iron columns and iron lacework. Originally the Court House Hotel, this two-storey, stuccoed brick building was erected in 1863.
Over the road is Victoria Park with formal gardens and some venerable old trees. The Grecian design fountain, donated by Mayor Thomas in 1891, and band rotunda are the focal points.
St John's Anglican Church is a majestic rough-stone Gothic Revival edifice with graceful gables, built in 1874-77.
At Court and Lachlan Sts is a major element of the local streetscape - the two-storey stuccoed brick post office (1879-81). The ground-floor colonnade and arched first-floor windows are capped by an unusual three-storey clock tower.
The Gum Swamp Bird Hide is a wetland sanctuary for at least 158 bird species which use the area in the course of the year. It is a breeding and nesting area .
McFeeter's Car Museum
Forbes is home to the famous McFeeter's Car Museum which has a great range of ole and vehicles on display. This a must see for car enthusiests. There is also qa well equiped gift shop. Enjoy a coffee in the coffee shop while watching the bees in the bee hive make their honey and afterwards try some wine tasting.
Utes In The Paddock at Condobolin
Waterskiing can be enjoyed at Lake Forbes Aquatic Centre, 2 km from town on the Bedgerabong Rd. There is 2.5 km of waterway with a boat-launching ramp, carpark, toilets and showers. There is also 6 km of sheltered waterway with toilets and a boat ramp at Bundaburrah Creek, 21 km south
Why not try your hand at Dragon boat racing.
There are many more things to do and see in the Forbes and surrounding areas which are easily accessed form Big4 Forbes Holiday Park like:
Livestock Exchange - Forbes
The Elvis Festival - in Parkes in January
Vanfest in Forbes - December
Japanese gardens in Cowra
The Dish in Parkes
And many more attrations.