The picture-perfect village of Carcoar is nestled in a small sheltered valley beside the meandering Belubula River. A true historic gem, it is the third-oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains. With a spectacular backdrop of rolling green hills, it is easy to see why the area was a drawcard for early settlers. The town has been classified by the National Trust because of its large number of preserved 19th century buildings.
A wonderful way to experience the village is with a walking tour, with maps being available from the National Trust. Highlights include well-preserved Georgian buildings along the main street, St Paul’s Anglican Church built in 1848, the century-old courthouse, and the 1849 convict-built stables of Stoke House, believed to be the oldest building in the village.
The town is fast becoming a popular destination for Sunday drives. Though beautiful throughout the year, autumn is particularly lovely, as the fresh Carcoar weather turns the numerous European trees magnificent shades of red and gold.
The town offers a small but sophisticated shopping experience, with well- curated homewares stores alongside mid-century style handcrafted timber furniture studios. Carcoar accommodation is plentiful and varied. The town has wide range of options, from restored heritage buildings to charming B&Bs.
There is an excellent array of festivals held in Carcoar throughout the year, many of which have a charming old-world quality. The Carcoar Show, currently in its 141st year, features working dog and shearing competitions, vintage car displays and a keenly-contested baking competition. Similarly, Carcoar’s popular Australia Day festivities include stagecoach rides, live music, dress-ups and historical bushranger reenactments.
Nearby Carcoar Dam is a popular destination for fishing, camping and waterskiing, with picnics and BBQ facilities available.