Molong is a delightful historic village 20 minutes north of Orange on the Mitchell Highway towards Wellington.
The area is a rich farming country producing wheat, sheep, cattle, fruit, and wine.
Many of Molong’s buildings are classified by the National Trust with some dating from the early 1800s and most are well cared for and restored. We love the row of old shops west of the Yarn Market.
Molong is a popular stopping point for travelers to enjoy a coffee, visit the museum and art gallery, explore the Yarn Market craft cottage and while there, buy some of their local homemade produce.
MOLONG ROCKS Well, not really except at the pub on Friday night. “Molong” means many rocks or a place of many rocks and the name is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning “place of many rocks”
3 Things to enjoy in Molong
- Talk a stroll along the broad main street, Bank Street, great little shops and pubs.
- Visit the Yarn Market Craft Cottage in Bank Street for crafts and local produce. The olive oil and jams are a must.
- Explore the Molong Historical Museum, 20 Riddell Street with its local history displays and exhibitions.
Village Markets – quarterly in March, July and September
NSW Sheep Dog Trials – March
Molong Agricultural Show – September
Molong Players Theatre Show – September
Molong started out as a police and military outpost and was visited by explorer Charles Sturt in 1828. Sir Thomas Mitchell on his 1864 expedition employed and aboriginal tracker, Yuranigh and they became close friends. His grave is on the Orange side of town and is a rare example of a combined aboriginal and european grave site.
The first copper mine in Australia, Copper Hill, (how original), was just north of the village.
In 1896 Mr Charles Packham first cultivated the now very popular Packham Pear.
Yarn Market Craft Cottage
79 Bank Street Molong
Ph 02 6366 8260
Open 7 days from 10am to 4.30pm
Operating for forty years it has an extensive range of crafts and gift ideas from local producers, artisans and artists. A good stop for local visitor information.
Molong Historical Museum
An enterprise of the Molong Historical Society.
20 Riddell Street Molong (P.O. Box 119 Molong NSW 2866)
Ph 02 6362 8960
Open Thursdays 11am to 4pm. Last Sunday of the month 12.30pm to 4pm. Other times by appointment.
Located in the 1856 Golden Fleece Hotel building. Extensive collection of local history.
5kms out of town on the Mitchell Hwy towards Orange. Turn right at the sign up a dirt road and into a private paddock. Remember to shut the gate!
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