Little towns with big hearts – Grenfell

Grenfell, NSW

Last year (2020) we were driving down through New South Wales in a somewhat zig zag fashion. There was no hurry to get home as Melbourne was in Covid lockdown. The spring weather was warm and particularly pleasant which didn’t encourage us to put the foot down either.

Stopping for a morning cuppa in Grenfell, El Prado wandered off to check out the tourist Information Centre (those places are so helpful). He came running back to tell us that the lady had suggested that we stay a few days at their wonderful freedom camp down at the old railway station. We didn’t need much convincing as we’d already been gawping at the pretty streetscape and interesting shops. Thus, a stop for a cuppa became a 3 night stay and we would’ve stayed longer if there hadn’t been a 3night limit on the camp. But, hey you can’t have it all to yourself.

There is more than enough to see and do in this town and we wandered the gold era back streets, went to the art gallery, peered down mine shafts and visited historic Seaton’s Farm just out of town. Surprisingly for us, we didn’t visit any of the intriguing pubs. We just ran out of time. Nevertheless, that Info lady’s suggestion has paid off for the town as The Prado’s returned with their in laws ‘Kath & Kim’ this year and they purchased a classic car during their stay and had it shipped back to Perth. Freedom camps really do bring business to small towns.

Grenfell, NSW 362Kms west of Sydney on the Mid Western Highway or for those who think in circles, slap bang in the middle between West Wyalong, Forbes, Cowra, Young and Temora

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