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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Oberon
2.55 hours 189km
Canberra to Oberon
3.15 hours 240km
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 189kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney 194kms
Elev: 1113 m
Activities: Bush Walking, Fishing, Canyoning, Caving, Abseiling, Mountain Climbing, Horse Riding, Cycling, Mountain Biking.
 
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About Oberon

The name Oberon comes from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Oberon is the highest town in the Blue Mountains region at 1,113m. Oberon is the perfect base from which to explore Jenolan Caves and Kanangra Boyd National Park. Located about 180 kilometres and under three hours drive from Sydney on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. Due to its high elevation Oberon enjoys cool summers, balmy autumns, cold crisp winters and lush springs. During winter visitors also on occasion experience a snowfall turning the area into a picturesque winter wonderland.

Oberon offers visitors good shopping facilities, a number of restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Accommodation in Oberon ranges from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, self contained cottages, farm stays to caravan parks.

The Oberon area is well known for its primary industries including prime lambs and beef cattle, brussel sprouts, broccoli, potatoes and peas, tree nurseries, nut tree plantations, wineries, and bulb farms

Lake Oberon along with wonderful local streams offer excellent trout fishing in season.

Art, Culture & Festivals

Most of the early buildings in Oberon were built of pise, wattle and daub or slabs from local timber.

The convent on the corner of Queen and Fleming Streets was built in 1914 for the Sisters of St Joseph. Ramsgate, is one of Oberon's most significant buildings, it is a two storey Victorian private residence built in 1906.

The Oberon Museum is located in the old railway station and has an excellent collection of items of local historical interest.

The Oberon Council has a collection of woodcraft and paintings. Paintings depicting Oberon's early streetscapes by artist Reg Campbell hang in the Oberon RSL Club.

The Daffodil Festival, first held in 1984 has become an annual event taking place on the last weekend in September. Among the attractions are the Annual Anglican Spring Flower Show, Art and Craft Exhibitions, a Market Day, open gardens and special attractions.

The Oberon Agricultural Show, is held on the second weekend in February. The 2 day program includes livestock, ring events, produce, floral displays, cooking, harness racing and sideshows.

Places to visit & Things to do

Abercrombie Caves
Located in a nature reserve Abercrombie Caves, are one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in Australia. They consist of a large arch claimed to be the largest natural limestone tunnel in the Southern hemisphere and a number of smaller passages leading from it.

In 1854 gold was discovered in the Mount Gray area, just above the caves. A gold mining community was established covering over 20 hectares. In the early 1860's the miners constructed a small platform for dancing. A larger structure was built in 1880 and is still used today for functions - this venue has exceptional acoustics and hosts regular musical events.

Abercrombie River National Park
The Abercrombie River National Park is a 19,000 hectare park and protects an important area of bush land within the south-western central tablelands.

Abercrombie River National Park is located off the Goulburn-Oberon Road, about 40km southwest of Oberon. The park offers fishing, picnic spots, canoeing, swimming and bush walking.

Bike Riding
Experience the world heritage Kanangra Boyd National Park and Jenolan Caves from a bike. Sweeping hills, paths that weave through native and pine forests and quiet country roads offer cyclists a varied scene.

Evans Crown
Evans Crown Nature Reserve is situated 21 kilometres from Oberon, in a picturesque valley. Evans Crown Nature Reserve is an attractive bush walking area with diverse fauna and flora and some outstanding granite tors.
Crown Rock is a popular abseiling spot. The track to the summit takes about half and hour.

Fishing
Lake Oberon is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and can be fished throughout the year from the water's edge. Boating and swimming are prohibited without special permission as the dam supplies drinking water. Most local streams also contain trout and are stocked with trout fingerlings regularly.

The Oberon Visitor Centre can provide detailed information on where to fish and how to access various rivers and streams.

Gardens
Oberon's cool mountain climate and high rainfall provide a wonderful environment for gardens. From early spring until late autumn, Oberon gardens are full of colour. The district has a number of unique gardens well worth visiting. Oberon gardens are open for the Daffodil Festival in September, in October and at other times by appointment. Some gardens are also open in the ABC Open Garden Scheme.

Jenolan Caves
Located just 30km from Oberon, Jenolan Caves are set in a 2,416 hectare reserve and offer visitors one of the most spectacular Limestone caves in Australia. The caves are world renowned and have been open to the public for over 150 years. These caves are believed to have been first explored by European settlers in 1838. There are 9 richly decorated show caves open for public viewing every day of the year. The surrounding parkland has wonderful bush trails with numerous lookouts from which to enjoy the scenery.

Kanangra Boyd National Park
The Kanangra Boyd National Park covers approximately 68,000 hectares. This includes parts of the Blue Mountains National Park. The Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness Area includes a large scenic water catchment area.

Within the Kanangra-Boyd National Park is the elevated Boyd Plateau and a maze of creeks, rivers, deep gorges and ridges into which the plateau fall. The park provides a wide range of bushwalks. The lookout walk is the easiest and is wheelchair accessible. A pleasant 10 minute stroll along well-formed tracks leads to the first lookout which overlooks the gorges of Kanangra Creek and beyond to the high tops of Mt Cloudmaker and the Blue Mountains escarpment. The second lookout overlooks rugged ravines at the head of the gorges and Kanangra Falls.

From the second lookout the Waterfall Walk leads down into the gully where Kalang Falls splash into a deep pool. Plateau Walk is the longest walk and turns off before the main lookout and leads into Kanangra Wilderness and onto the expansive heath-covered Kanangra Tops Plateau with its magnificent view.

Mushroom Picking
The vast area of State Forest pine plantations provides an ideal environment for exotic mushrooms. Between late January and early May, many varieties of mushroom emerge waiting to be picked.

There are many colourful mushrooms and fungi in the forests some make great photographic subjects but should not be eaten. A leaflet and advice is available from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre regarding which mushrooms are safe to eat.

Oberon Museum
The Museum is situated on what was the Oberon railway station and shunting grounds. The museum is home to over 150 pieces of early farm machinery and a wide and varied collection of artifacts and memorabilia which is housed inside the original 1920's railway station with it's two 1925 passenger rail carriages.

Two of the Museum's most popular exhibits are the early settler's authentic, furnished house complete with a blacksmiths shop and it's fully functioning forge. Both buildings were constructed between 1885 / 1895.

Oberon Climate

Oberon has four distinct seasons with cool summers, balmy autumns, cold crisp winters and lush springs. Frosts occur regularly during autumn, winter and spring and several snowfalls can be expected each winter.

Average Summer Temperature Day: 21º C Night: 12ºC
Average Winter Temperature Day: 8º C Night: 1º C

More info

Oberon Plateau Tourism Association - http://www.oberonaustralia.com/

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