Grenfell is situated in the Weddin Shire in central New South Wales. Less than half a days drive from Sydney and approximately two hours drive from Canberra, Dubbo, Bathurst and Wagga.
Grenfell is a quintessential Australian town offering the visitor an authentic, country experience. Grenfell is steeped in history with much of its old-world character maintained, particularly with its buildings and architecture. The town was built on gold when it was first discovered in 1866.
Subsequent to this gold rush one of Australia’s best-known writers and poet Henry Lawson was born on the Grenfell gold fields in 1867. An Obelisk stands tall at the site of where he was born, along with signage depicting his life. There’s a bust of Henry Lawson on Main Street where you can listen to audio readings of his poems; and take a seat on the bench at the corner of Main and Forbes Streets for a selfie with the life-size bronze statue of Henry.
The annual Henry Lawson Festival in June celebrates the creative arts and has spawned a vibrant new creative community within the town.