Age of Fishes
Imagine a world ruled by fish! Long before the dinosaurs the mighty rivers of the Central West teamed with bizarre ancient fishes – fish with armour shells, fish with lungs, and huge predators with jaws like crocodiles. Thousands of their fossils were found at Canowindra and give us a unique glimpse into life during the Devonian Period – the “Age Of Fishes”.
A chance discovery in 1956 revealed an extensive fossil bed dating from the Devonian Period.This 360 million year old formation contained the fossilised remains of over 3500 freshwater fish. Many were new to science.
This unique fossil collection is now on public display in the township of Canowindra, only a short distance from the discovery location. The Museum displays many of these beautiful fossils together with live aquarium displays and wonderful recreations of life in the Devonian.
The Age Of Fishes Museum has a wonderful gift shop, sculpture garden and permanent exhibitions.
Rosnay Organic Wine
Rosnay Organic Wines is the first organic and biodynamic vineyard of the Cowra Wine Region. They run farm tours for those who wish to have a look around
the vineyard. There is also wine tasting at the Cellar Door and you have the opportunity to purchase wine from the large selection on offer. Open by
appointment only, please call to arrange a suitable time.
The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope and Discovery Centre, located 20km north of Parkes, with its giant dish can be seen from kilometres away on the Newell Highway. Star of hit movie ‘The Dish’, the Telescope is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks and part of our scientific and engineering heritage.
You can drive almost right up to it and marvel at the 64 metre steel paraboloid, elegantly balanced atop a three storey concrete tower. Astronomers,
curious about the universe have used the telescope for almost 50 years.
The Telescope Discovery Centre features interactive exhibits and displays about the telescope and audio-visuals including 3D features. Staff are able to
answer your questions about the telescope and a shop includes a range of souvenirs, books and educational toys.
A private collection of Elvis’ personal memorabilia owned by the former ‘Yellow Wiggle’ Greg Page. As featured on Channel 9’s A Current Affair and ABC’s
‘The Collectors’ series, his collection features clothes and jewellery worn by Elvis and many of Elvis’ personal books, papers and belongings. The audio
commentary is by Elvis’ Tour Manager Joe Esposito.
The Kings Castle is the largest collection of items formerly owned by Elvis Presley in the southern hemisphere.
This is by far, the greatest exhibition of genuine Elvis memorabilia seen in Australia. Featuring elaborate jewellery, movie clothing, stage clothing,
personal clothing, books, police badges, documents and also featuring audio commentary by Elvis’ long-time friend, Joe Esposito. Over 100 great items on
display including: Elvis’ Gold Lame Suit; items from Graceland, stunning rings and necklaces; and the last note written by Elvis.
Bushrangers hall of fame
The basement of Forbes’ lavish Albion Hotel houses the Bushrangers Hall of Fame Museum, which tells the fascinating tale of the notorious locals who once operated on the wrong side of the law.
The basement contains the remains of the tunnel system that connected the hotel (formerly the local Cobb and Co office) with the town’s banks. To foil bushrangers, gold was transported through the tunnels.
Exhibits include short biographies of bushrangers and outlaws, a ball and chain, a model assayer’s office and opium den.
Abundant in history, Forbes has long been known for its historic buildings, still in use today. Many were featured in the film ‘The Dish’. The heritage walk allows you to explore this unique heritage and town