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Things to see and do

The Bland Shire Visitor Information Centre is now open seven days a week and located at the Bland Shire Library in Shire Street, West Wyalong -

Opening hours are -

Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Tourism information map

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For the latest news on what is happening in and around the Bland Shire, check out the latest edition of VIC Connect

The Bland Shire boasts a number of exciting and interesting attractions, including -

The Wetlands

The Wetlands rainbow

The Bland Shire's best kept secret, The Wetlands is a spectacular and peaceful environmental and passive recreational area for both the Bland Shire community and our visitors.

The Wetlands is located on the Newell Highway, between Wyalong and West Wyalong. Click here for more information on The Wetlands.

Wyalong Museum

Wyalong Museum

69 Neeld St, Wyalong Phone (02) 6972 2117

The Museum is located on the Newell Highway, on the corner of Neeld and Slee Streets, and housed in the historic old  Wyalong Court House.

The Museum exibits a broad spectrum of exhibits illustrating the growth of the town and district over the past century.

The Museum will be closed on December 24-26 but is otherwise open 2-5pm daily, subject to volunteer availability, the Museum is managed by the Bland District Historical Society Inc

Visit the Museum website

Fossicking

A collection of maps for those interested in fossicking in and around the Bland Shire.

Exclusive Hot Glass

Exclusive Hot Glass

64 Neeld Street, Wyalong Phone (02) 6972 3403

Exclusive Hot Glass specialises in creating one of a kind hand-made glass art pieces, including plates, platters, bowls, vases and jewellery.

Glass Artist, Elaine Marshall, originally commenced leadlighting as a hobby which developed into a business.  Over the years a passion developed for art glass and glassware creations.  Elaine’s interests expanded into fusing and slumping glass and jewellery making, using the amazing dichroic glass.

To share her interest in art glass, Elaine and her family opened the Exclusive Hot Glass Gallery at their home at 64 Neeld Street, Wyalong - directly across from the newly renovated Wyalong Museum.

All Glassware is kiln fused & slumped on the premises.

The Gallery is open six days a week from 9am-5pm, only being closed on Wednesdays. With prior arrangement, the gallery can be open outside these hours. Elaine can be contacted on 02 6972 3403 or 0429 723 403 or email exclusivehotglass@hotmail.com

More information, as well as the Exclusive Hot Glass online shop, can be found on their website at www.exclusivehotglass.com.au

Splatter Gallery and Cafe

Splatter Gallery

Main Street, West Wyalong Phone: 0458 424 225

Splatter Gallery and Cafe combines an art and photographic gallery with a health food and juice cafe, located in the main street of West Wyalong. Splatter also specialises in custom picture framing from artworks and photographs.

Splatter Gallery and Cafe runs art classes and workshops for all ages and hosts cultural events. They also sell pure eucalyptus oil and other local produce.

Visitors can enjoy exhibitions by local and visiting artists, with the exhibits changed on a regular basis to keep the gallery fresh and also to give local artists a chance to exhibit their works in their own exhibitions.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/Splattergalleryandcafe

Wheatley's Wares

Newell Highway, between West Wyalong and Wyalong Phone 0404 152 731

Wheatley's Wares offer a great range of items including antiques, collectibles, bric-a-brac, blokey things as well as garden cement items, jewellery and of course their famous pure eucalyptus oil.

Gold Trails

http://www.goldtrails.com.au/

Weethalle Whistlestop

Weethalle Whistlestop

Railway Street, Weethalle Phone 6975 6134

The Whistlestop is a delightful old renovated railway station building and carriage located in the Bland Shire village of Weethalle, on the Mid Western Highway, approximately 30 minutes drive from West Wyalong.

The Whistlestop has a range of crafts while devonshire teas are served in the railway carriage.

Holland Park Pool

Pool opening

Kurrajong Street, West Wyalong Phone (02) 6972 2135

An Olympic size swimming pool with a recent $2 million dollar upgrade it features a fantastic Hydro Play area for children, large water slide and cafe,

Lake Cowal

Lake Cowal

Lake Cowal is New South Wales' largest natural inlandlake at approximately 21 kilometres long and 9.5 kiliometres wide.

It is a dedicated bird and wildlife sanctuary and listed on the Register of the National Estate for the diversity and the number of species that inhibit the lake. It can be accessed from a public reserve off Clear Ridge Road, West Wyalong.

Lake Cowal Conservation Centre

Lake Cowal Conservation Centre

The Lake Cowal Conservation Centre (LCCC) is a community educational facility where school students, land managers and community members can learn about and experience a variety of issues associated with natural resource management.

As the number and variety of groups accessing the LCCC grows, the LCCC is increasing in importance as a hub for the sharing of knowledge and expertise between educational institutions, technical advisors, research centres, natural resource management organisations and the community.

For more information on the LCCC, please contact:

Sally Russell, LCCC Education Officer: 0407 754287, Email: sal.lake.cowal@gmail.com

Natalie Mangelsdorf, LCCC Education Officer: 0428 541877, Email: nat.lake.cowal@gmail.com

Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation Projects Manager: 0418 370 927, Email: mal.lake.cowal@gmail.com

NSW Modern Mining Trail

Modern Mining Trail

The NSW Modern Mining Trail is a self drive tourism experience, incoporating the Barrick gold mine at Lake Cowal.

More information is available at http://www.modernminingtrail.com.au/

West Wyalong Heritage Walk

Feel like stretching your legs and grabbing some fresh air? Why not take a leisurely stroll around town and absorb some of West Wyalong's heritage. The walk starts in the centre of town taking in many of the buildings that are still being utilised today.

For your West Wyalong Heritage Walk guide please click the link at the bottom of this page or call at the Visitor Information Centre on 6972 2266 located in Bland Shire Library in Shire Street.

West Wyalong Skate Park

Skate Park

Park Street, West Wyalong (near the Tennis Courts)

The West Wyalong Skate Park is open to the public and is a fantastic outdoor area for both the town's youth and the young at heart.

True Blue Mining Poppet Head

Poppett Head

Just off the Newell Highway, between Wyalong & West Wyalong.

An authentic replica of a gold mining poppet head and miners hut located in bushland setting with a picnic area, public toilets and lovely bushwalks at Cooinda Park.

Aboriginal Artifact Shop

76 Main Street, West Wyalong Phone (02) 6972 3493

To explore Wiradjuri art and culture, visit the West Wyalong Aboriginal Artifact Shop.

Of particular interest is the magical meeting place — the Bai-Yai Room.

Beckett's Pioneer Farm

Railway Rd, West Wyalong

Visits by appointment only, please call 02 6972 3286.

Take a step back in time with its original settlers buildings from around the district. See the Gypsy Wagon, Old Chapel and friendly farm animals.

Douglas DC3 Dakota Plane

Dakota plane

Lions Park. Newell Highway, West Wyalong.

Built in 1943 in Oklahoma City, the plane was donated to the West Wyalong Lions Club who made it a striking feature in Lions Park

Garden Club 2000 Rose Garden

Community Rose Garden

Corner of Newell and Mid WesternHighways, West Wyalong

With over 220 roses, the garden, designed and tended by volunteers, provides a pleasant picnic setting.

McCann and Barnado Parks

McCann Park

These two superb parks are equipped with picnic facilities and safe play equipment, and are inked by the Green Corridor walkway. McCann Park has a stylish a café, beautiful lake and water features.

Green Corridor

Green Corridor walking track

The 4.4km track Joins the townships of Wyalong and West Wyalong. The walking and cycling track journeys past interesting outdoor art, several parks with barbeque facilities and play equipment.

Ungarie Pool

Ungarie Pool upgrade

Ethel Street, Ungarie. Phone (02) 6975 9191

Open October to March

Barmedman Mineral Pool

Barmedman Mineral Pool

Open all year round. This large mineral swimming pool is run by locals and situated on a four-hectare reserve looking out over the bush, with barbeque and changing facilities. Entry is free. The water is said to have health giving properties.