Once a private village and home to the largest cement works in the southern hemisphere, Kandos is now home to an eclectic array of unique businesses and creative artisans making it a place like no other. Enterprising locals have come up with plenty of ways to welcome visitors to their beloved town. Kandos’ working class heritage from its beginnings with the Cement Works has not been lost, and can be explored and absorbed at the locally run Kandos Museum.
The old railway station is now home to a licensed café and Visitor Information Centre, aptly named ‘Down the Track Café’ where new meaning is given to alfresco dining on the station platform. Alternatively you may like to enjoy the roaring open fire in what was once the station master’s room and baggage area complete with ex-railway seating and memorabilia.
Local craftsman Brett Nutting of Adhoc Furniture produces unique hand-crafted masterpieces from repurposed materials. His showroom is a must-visit. The town folk are proud of their creativity and have embarked on a ‘letterbox’ journey. Wander around town with a coffee in one hand and your camera in the other. You’ll find a range of growing feature letterboxes, a showcase of the town’s artistic flair.
And for the nature lovers out there, we are just a stone’s throw from Dunns Swamp, which was originally built to provide water for the Kandos Cement Works. Kandos is a great base to explore this popular camping and picnic area within the Wollemi National Park. We promise - it’s not a swamp! Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River and nestled amongst stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations, Dunns Swamp enjoys an outstanding biodiversity of plant and animal communities with at least 107 bird species spotted in the area. With a number of walking tracks, canoeing and swimming activities you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Kandos is also a true gateway to the Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest canyon (1 km wider than the Grand Canyon, but not quite as deep). These protected woodlands are also renowned for some of the best bird watching in the state. If you’re thinking of camping at Capertee, why not stop by Kandos to grab your essentials first.
And, for a small town, Kandos really puts on some pretty remarkable event celebrating Kandos’ physical and cultural environs and unique character. From the tyre smokin’ Street Machine in January to the biannual Garden Fair in November, a Bob Marley Festival in between and hugely popular biannual contemporary art festival Cementa, this town is not to be missed.
Why visit Mudgee Region?
Just a three and half hour road trip, or 50 minute flight, from Sydney you’ll find an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re looking for the romance of a country escape, a place to celebrate with friends or a desire to explore our region’s heritage you will find a great range of lodging options, making Mudgee Region the obvious choice for your next getaway. There’s such diversity in the region: a great mix of restaurants, pubs, clubs all with different offerings. Art has grown over the last few years with galleries, museums, sculptures in the parks; attracting artists from all over the world. Our world-class wines and wineries offer so many different varieties to suit every palate with the winemaker themselves, in most cases, on-hand to enhance the experience.