With a working class background, Kandos is now a quirky underground arts community eager to share their creativity, in a unique town nestled at the foot of a mountain and at the centre of many Central West attractions.
Once a private village and home to the largest cement works in the southern hemisphere, Kandos has an eclectic array of unique businesses and creative artisans, making it a place like no other.
Kandos is a great location to base yourself, with easy access to Blue Mountains, Capertree Valley, Bathurst, Mudgee and Wollemi National Park. There are plenty of accommodation options, too.
Enterprising locals have come up with plenty of ways to welcome visitors. The town's working class heritage has not been lost and can be explored and absorbed at the locally run Kandos Museum and Visitor Information Centre. Local craftsman Brett Nutting of AdHoc Furniture produces unique hand-crafted masterpieces from repurposed materials. His showroom is a must-visit.
And for the nature lovers out there, we are just a stone’s throw from Dunns Swamp Ganguddy, 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 Ganguddy 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). The valley is recognised internationally as one of the top 50
bird watching places in the world. 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 events celebrating Kandos’ physical and cultural environs and it's unique character. From the tyre smokin’ Street Machine in January to the biennial Garden Fair, and in between a hugely popular biennial contemporary art festival Cementa, this town is not to be missed exploring.
Did you know?
Kandos supplied cement for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Locals guide to Kandos
- Grab a coffee and stroll the streets to discover the town’s growing ‘letterbox’ art movement
- Find out more about the town’s working class heritage, visit the Kandos Museum and information Centre
- Make Kandos your base to visit nearby natural attractions (Dunns Swamp, Capertee Valley, Ferntree Gully and more)
- Meet local artisans & craftspeople
- Join locals for an eclectic range of events throughout the year
- Lots of accommodation options - motels, apartments, cottages, farmstays and B+Bs
Why Visit the 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.