Central West Visitor Information
Central West is a region referring to the area west of Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It covers a total land area of 63,262 square kilometers. The place has a great geographic features and climate that supports pastoralism, orchards, grain crops and vegetable farming. Crossing the region are 5 major highways- Castlereagh Highway, Great Western Highway, Mid-western Highway, Mitchelle Highway and Newell Highway.
Bathurst and Orange cities including the towns of Cowra and Parkes are the most populous areas of the region and also where the major services centers are located. Charles Sturt University, which is the only higher education provider in the region, has its campuses in Bathurst and Orange. Smaller centers in the area are Forbes, Mudgee and Oberon. Small towns and villages in the locale are Condobolin, Cudal, Eugowra, Grenfell, Molong,and West Wyalong.
The original inhabitants of Central West are the Wirajuri people. The area was named as Oxley Plains by George Wilson Evans, the first white explorer who entered Lachlan Valley in 1815. He had the place named to honor his superior John Oxley, a surveyor-general. Evans declared the area unsafe for settlement in 1817. As a response by the state, a military depot established. The first whites to settle in Lachlan are Arthur Ranken and James Sloan in 1831. They both came from Bathurst.