Something for everyone

Thrills aplenty: Climb aboard for an amazing experience touring across the Central West with Captain Barnacles. Photo: Michael Turtle/ File.
Thrills aplenty: Climb aboard for an amazing experience touring across the Central West with Captain Barnacles. Photo: Michael Turtle/ File.

Less than 30 minutes drive north of Cowra and 50 minutes southwest of Orange is the historic township of Canowindra, a wonderful and unique place that should be on everyone's bucket list. While the town is famous for it's simply spectacular BalloonFest, there is so much more to the quiet town. The region is well known for it's colourful history and welcoming hospitality, and promises something of interest to people from all walks of life.

Locally made produce and wares are highly sought after. There is an amazing range of stores and workshops that you can visit, both in person or online, where you can really find something special to suit your tastes. The Plague and I is a unique and inspiring patchwork quilt store located on Canowindra's historic main street. They carry an amazing variety of supplies, including fabric, backing, wadding materials, patterns, threads and tools. While you are in the shop, check out the quilts and craft items that have been handmade by owner Debbie Guihot. A range of quilts are for sale or better yet, take the time to sit down and discuss a bespoke piece of work just for you.

Creativity: Debbie Guihot and dedicated crew with one of their amazing creations. Photo: Federation Fotos/ File.

Creativity: Debbie Guihot and dedicated crew with one of their amazing creations. Photo: Federation Fotos/ File.

Another great place to pass the time and look for a rare treasure is the Canowindra Trading Post. For almost 20 years the store has provided locals and visitors alike a unique array of gifts, homewares, jewellery, furniture and garden features. The Canowindra Trading Post also incorporates a coffee shop, serving delicious meals and refreshments seven days a week making ti the perfect place to stop along the way.

For those looking for something a bit faster paced, then Captain Barnacles can give you a Central West experience like you've never had before. The Captain will take you cruising in style aboard the "Euangelion", his Harley Davidson Road King Classic and Sidecar, where you can explore surrounding villages, wineries and significant historical locations across the region. Hear the local stories and be awed by the amazing rural scenery as you cruise in thrilling style.

And when your day is done and you are all ready to sit back, enjoy a good local wine and a book, then Meeraboo Candles can certainly help you relax. Handcrafted in the heart of the Central West, owner Dannielle Maere said their candles are made with 100 per cent natural soy wax. "The candles are created in our very own home," she said. The name MEERABOO originates from our love of rabbits and my little brother coined the term MEERABOO, part meerkat, part rabbit, and part kangaroo due to our rabbit's unique personalities and posture". Meraboo Candles are available in Canowindra, online or from over 30 stockists across Australia.

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