Nestled in the picturesque valleys of the Central West, a 40-minute drive east of Bathurst, Tarana is a treat for outdoor adventurers who love hiking, rock climbing and nature. Arty types can pop into artist Sandra Laroche’s Longwood Studio (1385 Rydal/Sodwalls Road, Tarana Village, 02 6337 5827), while those looking for the perfect tipple should stop into Winooka Park Vineyard (2161 Tarana Rd, Gemalla,
02 6337 5534), which opens its cellar door by appointment.
Things to do:
- Put on your hiking boots and explore Evans Crown Nature Reserve (Honeysuckle Falls Road, Tarana, nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/evans-crown-nature-reserve) just outside of Tarana. The 3km easy walking track will lead you to the summit at Crown Rock, large granite tors that overlook the valley and were significant to the local indigenous Wiradjuri people as a place of initiations and corroborees. Adrenaline junkies will be glad to hear you can also go rock climbing here.
- Tarana is derived from the Indigenous word for ‘large waterhole’ and what a fitting name it is to describe The Tarana Hotel (Main St, Tarana, 02 6337 5841, taranahotel.com.au), which is filled with mementos and photos of locals throughout the years since it first opened in 1873. With its original metal pressed ceilings and open granite fireplace, it won’t be hard to settle down and tuck in to a delicious meal with an amazing view.
The “Tarana Tiger”, described as a huge black panther, became a local legend in the 1960s after being blamed for heavy sheep losses in the area, but no one has proved this to be fact or fiction.