Forbes is a pretty little wheat belt town, on the banks of the Lachlan River in New South Wales, Australia. Its past is rooted in local gold mining and the attendant bush ranging exploits and it now provides a range of services to the surrounding farming community.
The area was occupied by the Wiradjuri people prior to European settlement.
Ben Hall, one of the most famous bushrangers, was shot dead in a gun battle about 20 km (12 mi) to the north-west of town on 5 May 1865. Hall and his gang were famous for stealing 77 kg (170 lb) of gold and £3,700 from the near-by town of Eugowra in 1862. He is buried in the Forbes Cemetery.
CountryLink has services from Sydney to Lithgow and Orange with a connecting coach to Forbes. Parkes is the nearest station 30 km away. There are 2 train services a week, Monday travelling west from Sydney, Tuesday east to Sydney. Phone: Countrylink on 132 232 / 6361 9500 :
Parkes Regional Airport (30km away) is the nearest passenger services available. Regional Express Airlines (REX) provide daily flights from Sydney.
CountryLink has a daily passenger service to and from Lithgow, where it meets the daily train services from Sydney.
From Sydney, 386 km via the Great Western Highway through Bathurst then the Mitchell Highway to Orange (119 km from Forbes) then the Escort Way and Forbes Eugowra roads. or The Great Western Highway through Bathurst then the Mid Western Highway through Blayney to Cowra and the Lachlan Valley Way to Forbes. From Forbes you can travel the Newell Highway to Parkes 30 km and onto Dubbo - 152 km It is 1029 km north to Brisbane and 685 km south to Melbourne on the Newell Hwy.
Canberra is 276 km south.
Whilst you can see the town on foot a car is essential to see the surrounds.
The Camel Cup is held along with 7 other camel races every Good Friday at Forbes Jockey Club, Racecourse Road, Forbes NSW.
Nearby towns and villages include Calarie, Parkes, Bedgerebong, Bundabarrah, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North and Paytens Bridge.