The pages of progress flick by quickly around Blayney.
One moment you’re driving through the decorative flourish of its Victorian main street. And next, the sky is full of the rotating paddles of the Blayney Wind Farm’s turbines.
The way of the past and the way of the future in the bat of an eyelid. The town was officially gazetted in 1843 as the Village of Blayney and is located on an alluvial flat with a couple of useful resources not far below the surface – water and gold.
In 1867, a prospector struck gold near Blayney and, more than 150 years later, one of the largest gold producers in the world is still recovering 700,000 ounces of gold a year from the region.
Blayney Heritage Park with its adventure playground and wetland wildlife habitat makes the town a popular stop for family groups.
Other attractive tourist destinations within the Blayney Shire are Carcoar, Millthorpe, Neville and Newbridge.