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Molong is located on the Mitchell Highway about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and about 30 kilometres from the city of Orange. It is elevated at 529 metres above sea level. At the 2011 census, Molong had a population of 1,629 people. Charles Sturt visited Molong in 1828. Molong was the site of an early copper mine in Australia, located at Copper Hill just outside Molong.

Molong is a thriving rural town with plenty of old-world charm. The main street is National Trust-classified, and many fine heritage buildings from the 1800s are scattered around this Country NSW town.

Local History

The name Molong comes from the aboriginal word for ‘all rocks’.
 
William Lee of Kelso is said to have had cattle in the area by 1819. He later held property just north of present Molong, around Larras Lee. In 1826 a military and police outpost was established at Molong, on Governor Darling’s orders, as a step in opening up the government stock reserve west of the Macquarie River for settlement.
 
 
The Historical Museum is housed in a former hotel (1856), built by rubble-mason James Mortal, who sold it in 1861 to John Smith of Gamboola. Smith let the building to a series of publicans and it later became the residence and surgery for a series of doctors. The Historical Society acquired it for use as a museum, in 1969, with help from the Molong Shire Council.
 
Another point of history and interest is the grave – burial place of Yuranigh, a famous Aboriginal Australian who lived in this area. Yuranigh’s life bridged the old and the new Australian cultures in the period from about 1820 until his death in 1850.  Yuranigh joined Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1845 exploratory expedition at Boree – one of a series of ventures which mapped large areas of inland NSW and Queensland.
 
Described by Mitchell as “guide, companion and friend.  ..his intelligence and his judgement rendered him so necessary to me that he was ever at my elbow.  Nothing excaped his penetrating eye and quick ear.”, When Mitchell heard of his death, he paid for the headstone on his grave, which you will find just a short distance from Molong.
 
Yuranigh was buried according to custom with carved trees at each corner of his grave which indicate he was a man of special honour.
 
 

Local Attractions

While staying in Molong why not explore the heritage walking tour of Molong to see the many fine 19th-century buildings?
Then take some timeout to wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages such as Yeoval, Cumnock and Cudal.

Animals On Bikes
Molong to Dubbo

animalsonbikes-thumbAnimals on Bikes is a 120 kilometre paddock art sculpture driving trail displaying 111 two metre high structures (and some smaller letterboxes) on the back road from Molong to Cumnock to Yeoval to Dubbo Zoo.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Dubbo (75 Mins)

Experience the ultimate zoofari at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Whether you walk or ride around the Zoo’s six kilometre circuit on hired bikes or carts, it’s a fun way to spend time with the family, away from it all.

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CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope – Parkes (60 Mins)

Located 20 kilometres north of Parkes off the Newell Highway the CSIRO’s Parkes observatory is home to the world famous ‘Dish’.  Parkes Observatory has been responsible for many world firsts in radio astronomy.

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Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine (45 Mins)

Guided tours are available to the Cathedral Cave, Gaden Cave and the Phosphate Mine which is is located at the Wellington Caves Holiday Complex. The mine dates back to 1914.

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Ophir Gold Fields Reserve (45 Mins)

The Ophir gold find, by John Lister and William Tom in 1851 was Australia’s first and gave the early settlement of Orange a firm foundation.

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Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area – Orange (40 Mins)

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views, pretty picnic areas and a great campground.

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Age Of Fishes Museum – Canowindra (45 Mins)

The Museum offers two permanent exhibitions, an education program, gift shop, accessible facilities, and geological time-walk in the picnic ground.

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Orange Region (35 Mins)

Orange and its fertile Country surrounds produce delicious local produce, including beef, lamb, fruits and wine – much of it available from regular farmers markets in the Orange area. The city is rich in local history and is surrounded by natural attractions.

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Wineries and Vineyards

The cool climate in our central NSW region produces a wonderful variety of wines. Because of the altitude, the reliable rainfall and the terroir (soil), it is a great place to grow grapes and make wine. While staying at Old Redbank, make sure you take some time to visit some of our local vineyards and winery cellar doors. 

Printhie Wines Orange Region (20 mins)

On the Printhie estate vineyards, we have planted varieties best suited to our meso-climate. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate the plantings. These vineyards are capable of producing fuller bodied wines with rich fruit flavours, dense colour and fine tannin structures.

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ORANGE MOUNTAIN WINES (25 Min)

Established in 2001, they were one of the first vineyards to plant Viognier and have discovered over the last 2 decades that the variety has a natural affinity with Oranges unique cool climate vineyard sites, producing elegant wine that displays intense varietal characters.

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BLOODWOOD THE NEW TRADITION (35 Mins)

Bloodwood is synonymous with quality fine wine and food of the Orange Region. Enjoy the picture window view from behind the warmth of the tasting bench in winter, or venture outdoors and relax on the verandah overlooking the Printhie vineyard to Mt Canobolas when the weather suits.

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COWRA REGION WINES (70 Mins)

Cowra is a unique region of family owned and operated vineyards and wineries. Cowra wine region including the village of Canowindra, consistently produces great wine using minimal intervention and organic practices growing vines such as Sangiovese, Mourvedre and Tempranillo.

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