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Speciality Museums
Motor museum with a diverse collection of classic cars and motorcycles, presenting a journey through automotive history in a welcoming setting. Includes a range of unique merchandise.
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  • Martin D
    Sydney, Australia464 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile stop.Great selection of cars/bikes etc ..Knowledge man on desk was an asset to the place..It’s a bit dark inside but that’s only a minor thing.Not too pricy for admission.Small book store,souvenirs on site.
    Written 9 February 2024
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  • Robert W
    Newcastle, Australia316 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For retired people, the drive along the Lachlan Valley Way is pleasant and not much traffic. Each sculpture is about 500m off the road and well signposted. They all have turning bays, so it seemed to me that caravanners are well catered for. The sculptures are big and suit their locations.
    Written 1 September 2023
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  • Matthew D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forbes is honestly a gem in the middle of NSW. So underrated as a place to go visit. Amazing people. And not one, not two but three blue lights!! Check out the royal botanical gardens and the recently renovated BP if you run out of anything to do.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • aldavril
    Wollongong, Australia1,446 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly can’t miss it if your wandering through the park. It is unusual and thought provoking. The acceptance of diversity and difference through love. It’s a beautiful piece of art. There are other structures around the park as well. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • RustyHTims59
    Tamworth, Australia385 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to the GUM SWAMP & BIRD HIDE specifically to see the sculptor of the Giant Goanna to which I wasn’t disappointed as it was a spectacular display in the middle of the bush to which was the perfect backdrop
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia83,525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    With the mystery that enshrouds Ned Kelly... many of us have heard his story and know some of the key players in his life. We have all heard of Kate, his sister, but what became of Kate. She married William Foster and he was abusive towards her by all accounts and bought to account for being so.

    On the 5 October, 1898, Kelly visited a neighbour, asking her to write a message for her, and look after the children, including Catherine. (Catherine was a newborn that died weeks later)The next day Kelly was reported missing, and her body was found eight days later in a lagoon on Condobolin Road near Forbes. They could not determine any signs of violence as the body had been in water for eight days... but in modern times this would have been investigated more thoroughly.

    She died in 1898 at the age of 35.

    But also in this cemetery is a bushranger more well known to the locals than Ned. Here lies Ben Hall about forty metres away from Kate. Ben started out with parents that were both ex-convicts...but he aspired for more and became a stockman. He even leased a run with another man. On 29 February 1856 at Bathurst he married according to Roman Catholic rites Bridget Walsh of Wheogo.

    But things changed for Ben at some point... his wife left him with their son and ...he became a bushranger. It didn't end well for him either, as he was shot dead by police at the age of 27. His funeral was well attended because to spite his choice to be a bushranger... he was always polite to women, he was recklessly courageous and had a great sense of humour.

    These are some of the famous inhabitants of this cemetery, but there are many old graves and it is interesting to spend time here.
    Written 28 October 2022
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  • 132712
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forbes is a town full of History. The Museum is well worth a visit to learn about the early history of the town.and settlement.
    Plenty of places to get a meal or just have a coffee or tea. Isabelle’s was our favourite cafe.
    Town is also very clean and easy to walk around, everyone is so friendly.
    The walk around the lake is so pleasant day and night, it is lit up at night.
    Forbes is only a half hour south of Parkes, an easy drive from Parkes airport.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia12,210 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This statue of a Kelpie dog sitting outside the Post Office in Forbes is part of the Sculpture down the Lachlan train.

    The dog, named "Rosa", appears to be waiting patiently for its owner. The sculptor is by Australian Brett Mon Garling and was commissioned in 2018.

    Written 11 October 2023
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia12,210 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This non-descript obelisk sits beside Dowling Street outside the BP Service Station.

    It commemorates the fact that John Oxley (1784-1826) passed through Forbes in 1817 whilst he was seeking to discover the course of the Lachlan River and Major Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855) crossed the site of the town of Forbes in 1836.

    I was unable to find any information regarding when it was established.
    Written 14 October 2023
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia83,525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In 1861 the sudden growth of the a settlement on the Lachlan Goldfield led to an unofficial mail service known as Black Ridge Post Office. By December of the same year, the town was given the name of Forbes. The official post office was then set up.

    The location of the post office shifted until in 1863 they had a wooden building on this site. This present building was opened in 1881, which expressed confidence in the town's long term future as it was a substantive building. In 1885 the town clock was erected in the tower.

    Forbes Post Office was featured in a set of stamps in 1982 to illustrate historic Australian Post Offices. And it was also the year where the mechanism for the clock so that it became electric rather than manual.
    Written 28 October 2022
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