A visit to Millthorpe is like a trip back to the turn of the early 1900s with its historic shopfronts, hotels, worker’s’ cottages, bluestone churches, well-to-do townhomes, and spacious country homesteads.
Millthorpe is a living museum which also boasts the region’s finest historic display, the Golden Memories Museum, where you can find out how people lived in the late 1800s.
This museum is a must for all visitors to Blayney District and the Orange Region. There are more than 5000 items on display and each one has a story to tell. There are special displays and within the museum grounds is a craft cottage. The museum is open every weekend from 2pm to 5pm (4pm in winter) and school and public holidays from l0am to 5pm (4pm in winter).
Although Millthorpe’s heyday followed the arrival of the railway in the mid-1870s, the history of settlement goes back to the 1820s.
The first European settlers came to the area in 1823 to set up a Government Stock Station and one of the first farms established west of Bathurst was Grove Farm where Thomas Mitchell stayed before two of his inland expeditions,
The rich soils of the area soon attracted more settlers and the 1850s rush of prospectors to goldfields in the district attracted others.
Originally called Spring Grove, the town was renamed Millthorpe in 1884 due to the importance of the huge flour mill established in 1882.
Although there was no goldfield, the area had its own source of gold in the range of quality agricultural produce grown on the many farms, including potatoes, for which the town became famous, wheat, flour, dairy products, rabbits, apples, pears, cherries, and peas
The coming of the railway gave farmers the opportunity to provide the Sydney market with quality fresh produce and the town blossomed.
The Millthorpe Show was a popular annual event for locals and visitors with ploughing matches a feature. Ploughing Championships and the Murphy Marathon” in which competitors lugged bags of potatoes over a long distance, became synonymous with Millthorpe.
In the late 1800s and early I900’s many fine buildings were constructed. Among the most notable are the
School Residence built in 1876, the Commercial Hotel (1877), School of Arts (1897), The Bank of NSW (1906) now Rosebank, St Mark’s Anglican Church and its predecessor at the rear built in 1878, St Canice’s Catholic Church, Grand Western Lodge, Railway Station and Railway Hotel.
A short drive to the west is the hamlet of Forest Reefs, once a thriving gold mining settlement with six hotels, a butcher’s shop and two grocery stores but now an historic centre with several old churches and buildings as well as the Forest Reefs Tavern.
More information: www.millthorpevillage.com.au
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Pym Street Markets
3 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0429 721 266
First Saturday of each month – 9am – 1pm
The Pym Street Markets are located on the small block beside the Millthorpe Newsagency & General Store in Pym Street. A variety of boutique stallholders sell items not normally available in Millthorpe shops including locally made items and locally grown produce.
On The Green, Millthorpe Bowling Club, Millthorpe
Sunday once every month – 3pm – 5pm
Live acoustic music played by real musicians! We will feature different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. For details of who’s performing and monthly dates check our facebook page. $10 cover charge and everyone is welcome! Great food and local wines and drinks available for purchase.
Sunday 2 April 2017 – 8.30am to 4.30pm
On the first Sunday in April and December each year the Millthorpe Public School P&C Committee hold the Millthorpe Markets. Stallholders come from far and wide to sell their produce. Everything from second-hand goods, fresh veggies, jewelry, toys, gourmet produce, plants and Christmas decorations are available. Students and staff from Millthorpe Public School are also on hand running their own stalls, the chocolate wheel, or fresh BBQ. Entry is by gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Millthorpe Public School P&C.
Millthorpe Garden Ramble
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November 2017 – 10am – 4pm
The gardeners of Millthorpe and surrounds open their gardens to the public. There are galleries, craft, music and plenty of good food and wine for ravenous ramblers, as well as lovely gardens and plants.
Ten gardens for $20 or $5 per garden. Gardens open 10am to 4pm both days.
Golden Memories Museum
37 Park Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3980
Open 10am – 4pm Weekends, School and Public Holidays or other days/times by appointment.
Entry $8 to all buildings within the complex – give yourself an hour or two to get around.
Social history objects, Cadia gold mining exhibit, Clayton & Shuttleworth 1911 traction engine, Wiradjuri display, interactive schoolroom plus a huge collection of rural machinery.
Millthorpe Truffles – The Truffiére
‘Shearwood’ Bowd Road Millthorpe
Ph 0409 195 119
Greg and Loretto Good established the Truffiére in 2002 on their property 2km North of Millthorpe, Central West NSW.
Millthorpe Truffles harvested their first small crop in 2005. Since then the cold climate months between June and August prove to be an ever increasing activity of harvesting, dog training, Truffle tours and all things Truffle!
Orange Vintage Flights
5 Stabback Street Millthorpe
Ph 0412 425 103
Come and meet Millie, Orange Vintage Flight’s 1938 Tiger Moth and experience the romance, joy, and excitement of flying as it should be!
Situated just ten minutes drive from Millthorpe at Spring Hill airport, Orange Vintage Flights has a range of standard scenic joy flights to suit everybody’s taste and budget. If you’re a visitor to or a born and bred local, there’s no better way to appreciate the sights of this beautiful part of the world than with a flight in an open cockpit aircraft.
Where to eat
The Old Mill Cafe
12 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3188
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm
Enjoy fabulous coffee and cakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Dine outside in the beautiful courtyard on those warmer days and nights. Hosts Darren & Stacey provide homestyle, fresh country cooking specialising in hand made pastries and chocolates.
Corner Pym and Victoria Streets Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3811
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner and Saturday and Sunday for lunch
Enticing palates since the very beginning, hatted Tonic is both an icon and an asset to the quaint village of Millthorpe. Warm infused flavours, boldly complement a seductive array of fresh local produce. This seasonal menu has rapidly developed a reputation of favour, being sampled and shared amongst many a celebration to remember.
Railway Hotel – The Little Loco Restaurant
20 Elliott Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3157
Bistro open Lunch Friday – Sunday 12pm – 2.30pm and Dinner Thursday – Sunday 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Pub open 7 Days: Monday – Saturday 12pm till late, Sunday 12pm to 10pm.
The Little Loco Restaurant offers delicious meals in a friendly local atmosphere. We also cater for functions. Great beer and wonderful company make this local hotel a great experience.
33 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0417 412 577
Bills Beans Coffee combined with milk from The Little Big Dairy makes a delicious coffee. Always Supporting Local Produce with Peewees Bakery Bread, Bakehouse On Wentworth Pies and Pastries. A unique range of cheese, dips, olives and small goods. The Trunkey Creek Breakie sandwiches are a must have. Eat in or take away. Pick up a gourmet filled picnic basket. Open 7 Days 7am to 4ish
Millthorpe Newsagency & Store
1 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3253
Open Monday to Friday 5am to 6pm, Saturday 5am to 5pm, Sunday 6am to 3pm
Coffee and a range of snacks or meals from the blackboard menu. Eat in or take away. Relax and enjoy your coffee or meal from a window seat or at one of the tables overlooking Pym or Victoria Streets.
15 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0423 067 718
Pizza Cafe with freshly made pizza to suit all tastes. Locally sourced produce for use on the gourmet range. Gluten-free, lactose-free and children catered for. Organic, sustainable Org coffee with a range of cakes. EFTPOS and outdoor dining.
Le Billot de Boucher
16 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3640
Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm
Le Billot de Boucher (The Butcher’s Block) serves morning and afternoon teas and light lunches al fresco all through Summer. French baguettes, roast vegetable and feta frittata, freshly baked croissants for the early birds (on weekends). Scones with jam and cream or date scones if you prefer. Great selection of cakes and slices as well as gluten-free options. Tea House leaf tea and fantastic coffee from Orange Trading company.
On the Green Japanese Bistro at Club Millthorpe
24 Elliott Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3043 or 0473 077 063
Bistro open for lunch Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 2pm and Dinner Wednesday to Sunday 5pm to 8.30pm.
On The Green is a family-friendly bistro serving delicious bistro based meals and has a fully licensed bar with the cheapest and coldest drinks in the village.
Slow Wine Co & Cafe
25 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0412 667 455
Open 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Enjoy the full range of Slow Wine Co wines in our relaxed cellar door in the heart of Millthorpe. Meet the family behind Slow Wine Co (aka Bantry Grove Wines) and learn first hand about this cool climate vineyard. Enjoy a cheese or charcuterie tasting plate whilst trying our award-winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot and pinot grigio.
We have a range of coffee, tea, and cakes available.
Galleries and shopping
5 William Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3108 or 0412 663 114
Open Saturday 9am to 5pm and other times by appointment
Ada’s original paintings, Limited Edition Prints, Tablemats, Pottery, Jewellery, and Turkish Tiles.
23 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0414 971 258
Open Wednesday to Monday 10am to 5pm, or by appointment
An eclectic array of clothing, accessories, and homewares. Sourced from independent suppliers with a focus on beauty, quality and that certain point of difference.
Bowerbird Old Wares
15 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0418 999 954
Collectables, old wares, and jewelry.
12b Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3548 or 0427 695 096
Open Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Handbags, clothing, gifts, and accessories.
Le Billot de Boucher
16 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3640 or 0431 458 379
Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm
French inspired homewares, kitchenware, clocks, French prints, furniture, Nepalese rugs, soft furnishings, enamelware, lighting, coffee, and cake.
Lucy’s at Millthorpe
22 Park Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3061 or 0403 275 564
Open Tuesday to Friday 8am until late, Saturday 8am to 1.30pm Open late by appointment
An exciting hairdressing salon in the heritage village of Millthorpe. Lucy’s offers a professional and friendly service for all your colouring, cutting and hair styling needs.
Little Acorn Millthorpe
9a Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0401 374 504 or 0401 977 886
Open Friday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
A unique shopping experience, inspirational giftware, crystals, jewellery, wellness products, books and CD’s, oracle cards, journals, vibrational glassware, vintage décor, clothing, salt lamps, candles, and essential oils.
Millthorpe Community Pharmacy & Post Office
44 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3113
Open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 1pm
Beautiful gifts, lovely home wares & stunning jewelry for all occasions, a complete range of Napoleon Perdis make-up, offer all Auspost services and exceptional health care advice.
Millthorpe Garden Nursery
73 Eves Lane Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3131
Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
A great range of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants – all suited to local conditions. Nestled in a beautiful rural garden setting, three kilometres from Millthorpe Post Office on the Vittoria road.
Millthorpe Sweet and Unique
Shop 1, 17 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3983 or 0429 877 276
Open Friday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
Old time sweets, handmade chocolates and unique homewares from local artists and artisans.
O’Reilly Bros Antiques
10 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph M Charly 0428 658 285 or Ian 0407 233 689
Open Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays
Buy, sell, restoration.
Olde Tyme Delights
15a Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0418 289 693
Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Eclectic mix of reproduction and modern giftware. Supplier of Samantha Wills jewelry. ECOYA candles, Happy Socks, MYWALIT products and much more.
Rosebank – Art Gallery & Art Space
40 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3191 or 0448 279 939
Exhibitions are held regularly throughout the year, featuring various artists. You will often find the artist working in the gallery on weekends.
The Salon des Refusés
24-26 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0490 174 575
Open weekends by appointment
For an eclectic range of antiques and old wares visit this former potato factory for everything from a French carousel horse to an enamel kitchen sink!
17 Pym Street Millthorpe NSW 2798
Ph 02 6366 3847 or 0417 426 472
Thursday – Sunday 10am-5pm. Open long weekends and by appointment
A visit to Millthorpe just isn’t complete without the Tomolly experience! This little secret is as cherished as the rare finds that are savoured here. Sound, scent, and vision complete the ambiance while you complete your treasure hunt. Tomolly. Proving that good things come in all packages.
The Wood Blinds Factory
1 Hawke Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3699
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Specialists in cedar and basswood blinds, vertical blinds and shutters.
Central West Getaways
Ph 0413 551 212
Contact: Carol Newton
CWG Accreditation No. 37257
Wine tours, day trips, restaurant, transfers.
Ph 0402 009 700
VineVenture Tours is a locally owned, fully accredited long distance, tourist and charter service offering a unique experience to discover the visual beauty and flavours of the Orange region. Tours include wine tours, micro breweries, historical, local produce, special events (weddings, sporting), festivals and corporate Services.
The Stables, Victoria Street, Millthorpe
Ph 1300 743 332 or 02 6366 3444 (Cellar Door)
Open 7 days 11am to 5pm
Angullong’s high altitude cool climate wines are showcased in their charming bluestone cellar door. Taste their diverse range of exciting wines and learn about their picturesque vineyard located amongst the southern foothills of Orange near Mount Canobolas.
Railway Station, Station Place, Millthorpe
Ph 0400 210 189
Open Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays (and festival periods) 11am – 5pm. Other times by appointment
The Edgecombe Wines cellar door is at the Millthorpe Wine Centre in the historic Millthorpe Railway Station. Taste medal winning wines including Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Arneis and Tempranillo.
Slow Wine Co
25 Victoria Street Millthorpe NSW 2798
Ph 0412 667 455
Open 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Enjoy the full range of Slow Wine Co wines in our relaxed cellar door in the heart of Millthorpe. Meet the family behind Slow Wine Co (aka Bantry Grove Wines) and learn first hand about this cool climate vineyard. Enjoy a cheese or charcuterie tasting plate whilst trying our award winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot and pinot grigio. We have a range of coffee, tea and cakes available.
22km (23 minutes) south of Orange
41km west of Bathurst
83km east of Cowra
175km south of Dubbo
281km north Canberra
240km east Sydney
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