Located ten minutes from Carcoar set amongst rolling hills of green, the small town of Mandurama NSW offers visitors a classic country experience. Surrounded by green pastures and picturesque waterways, the town has become a service centre for the surrounding rich agricultural area which boasts some of the finest homesteads in the Central West.
Mandurama was named a village for workers of one of Australia’s first settlers, Thomas Icely. In 1825 he was given a grant of land he called Coombing Park, and within two years he had taken possession of close to 5000 acres of land, which he named Mandurama, meaning ‘waterhole’ in Wiradjuri. Furniture, artwork, coaches and other possessions as well as a number of relics still remain today at the impeccably preserved, private homestead of Coombing Park.
The town’s streets are named after original orchards such as Olive, Cherry, Peach and Loquat Streets. The excellent Mandurama pub, the Royal Hotel is iconic to the town, with its grand balcony and iron latticework. The Hotel plays host to regular live music nights providing a true country pub experience with good food and company. The Masonic Hall, bank and churches also stand impressively intact.
The area is a popular destination for cyclists, being part of a scenic drive and key stop on the Orange Villages Bicycle Trail.