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A visit to Millthorpe is like a trip back to the turn of the early 1900s with its historic shopfronts, hotels, workers’ cottages, bluestone churches, well-to-do townhomes, and spacious country homesteads.

Millthorpe is a living museum that 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 the 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:

For information about the region and Orange see the Orange Travel Guide.

Orange Visitor Information Centre

Byng Street, Civic Gardens, Orange, NSW 2800
Ph 02 6393 8226


For more accommodation information go to MILLTHORPE ACCOMMODATION


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.

Acoustic Sunday

On The Green, Millthorpe Bowling Club, Millthorpe
Third Sunday of the month from May to October at 2.45pm – 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. Great food and local wines and drinks available for purchase.

Millthorpe Markets


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, jewellery, 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 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2020.
Always the first weekend in November.

Properties in and around Millthorpe open their gardens to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the lovely gardens, there are stalls with plants and other garden related products plus art, jewellery and food as well as plenty of good food, wine and boutique shopping in the village.

Tickets to visit all 10 gardens are $25 per adult and valid all weekend. Children are free. Single garden tickets are $5 per adult.

Tickets available over the weekend at Ramble HQ at the school, in the village and at any of the open gardens or you can buy your tickets in advance online at Try Booking.

Bus groups of 10 or more travelling together, please contact the organisers for discounted rates and so we can help with your visit.


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.

Where to eat

The Old Mill Café & Restaurant

12 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3188
Open Monday | Thursday | Friday (9.30 am – 3 pm) Saturday | Sunday (9am – 4pm) Breakfast | Lunch | Coffee | Cakes

Tonic Restaurant

Corner Pym and Victoria Streets Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3811
Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday for Dinner and Saturday & Sunday for Lunch
The menu has a seasonal focus and showcases the best from local producers such as Mandagery Creek Venison and Cowra Lamb. Over the last seventeen years, the restaurant has regularly been awarded a chef’s hat by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

Railway Hotel – Pub and Restaurant

20 Elliott Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3157

Millthorpe Providore

33 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0428 289 923

Millthorpe Eatery

15 Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 0423 067 718
Contact Laine
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.

Slow Wine Co

24 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0437 409 811
Open 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Varieties: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Dessert Wine.

Galleries and shopping

Ada’s Place

5 William Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3108 or 0412 663 114
Studio & Shop Opening Hours – Saturday – 9am to 5pm Other days – by appointment
Ada’s original paintings, Limited Edition Prints, Tablemats, Pottery, Jewellery, and Turkish Tiles.

Millthorpe Blue

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.

Getting Noticed

12b Pym Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3548 or 0427 695 096
Open Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Handbags, clothing, gifts, and accessories.

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.

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.

Rosebank – Art Gallery & Art Space

40 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 02 6366 3191 or 0448 279 939
Open weekends
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!


Central West Getaways

Ph  0413 551 212
Contact: Carol Newton
CWG Accreditation No. 37257
Wine tours, day trips, restaurants, transfers.

VineVenture Tours

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, microbreweries, historical, local produce, special events (weddings, sporting), festivals and corporate Services.


See the region’s wineries at Orange Wines


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.

Slow Wine Co

24 Victoria Street Millthorpe
Ph 0412 667 455
Open 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Varieties: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Dessert Wine.


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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