About Canowindra

Canowindra is a village of 2100 people located beside the Belubula River in the central west of New South Wales. The name of the town is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a home’.

The village dates back to the late 1830’s and many of the buildings in Canowindra’s historic main street are heritage listed and host many specialty and antique shops.

With its stable weather, Canowindra is also famous for hot air ballooning and the village hosts the annual ballooning championships in April each year.

Canowindra is the site of one of the world’s great fossil discoveries. A chance discovery by a road worker in 1956 uncovered a rich find of 360 million year old fish fossils. The site is listed as part of Australia’s National Heritage because of its international scientific importance. A permanent display has been established at The Canowindra Age of Fishes Museum.