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.
Kandos once supplied cement for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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 its unique character. From the tyre smokin’ Street Machine Show 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.
Hop on a train and a coach and enjoy the scenic journey to Kandos. Coach services link with the Sydney Rail Network at Lithgow, daily.