Visit West Wyalong
About Us

OUR WEBSITE

The idea for a tourist and community information website for West Wyalong was first suggested to me by local business people I met when visiting clients there in 2005.

West Wyalong and the Bland Shire are an interesting part of the west of NSW - somewhere I had visited very often in the past when I lived in the west myself.

Although it is a main centre for travellers on the Newell and Midwestern Highways, with tens of thousands of travellers passing through it each year, it has not been up till now part of a major tourism region and its community and businesses hardly rate a blip on internet search engines.

Our business, Furry Software Pty Ltd, has been involved in promoting regional tourism since 1998.

By working closely with regional tourist authorities, and by focussing specifically on providing low cost internet exposure for small businesses we have successfully established a major presence for regional tourism in NSW.

Our regional websites: The Southern Highlands of NSW, The Wollondilly Region of NSW, and The Southern Tablelands of NSW have positioned themselves on the internet as definitive resources for tourist and community information for them. In all (by mid 2006) we have delivered almost 14,000,000 page impressions of information for those regions, their attractions, and their businesses. In addition, clients for whom we host webpages report they derive from 20 - 80% of their tourism business from our pages.

We are now happy to assist local businesses in West Wyalong and the Bland Shire in helping to promote tourism in what way we can with our new 'visitwestwyalong' website, and thank them for their support.

And of course, as in our other websites, we cannot resist the opportunity to publish its interesting history on the internet.

WEST WYALONG

Why West Wyalong, people ask? What happened to Wyalong? The history is more interesting than other country towns that decided to move when the railway came past in the late C19th - a story we will reveal in our Past & Present pages.

This area was settled quite late in colonial history - it being further from the coast and the land seemingly less attractive than that taken up by squatters in more promising areas.

Oxley, an early explorer (c.1817), thought the area uninhabitable - but then he wasn't the most bright of explorers. Others, arriving in a time of flood thought they had found the inland sea - two extremes of the local environment!

Interestingly, West Wyalong and the land surrounding it is on a flat floodplain and when it rains can be inundated (you can see flood markers along some roads peaking at over a metre). Until recently the main street in the town used to be a rollercoaster ride up and down the ditches (spoon drains?) crossing them to cater for drainage in such times. Now they are replaced by culverts, although you can still see the storm water ditches in some of the back streets today.

Sometimes arid, sometimes wet. The district attracted squatters in the late C19th, the name of one of whose runs 'The Blands' became the name of the district as a whole and of the current shire.

Things changed radically in 1893 with the discovery of gold, bringing thousands of fortune seekers. The goldfields at Wyalong and Barmedman were very late in the history of gold in the colony, and reef mining meant that only cashed up business interests could exploit them fully.

Today only the True Blue Poppet Head memorial, the winding main street of West Wyalong (said to have been laid out to dodge the tree stumps and mining leases at the time) and the Mineral Pool of Barmedman are testament to that heritage.

Or is it? With modern mining techniques and the current price of gold, a new strike north of the town at Lake Cowal has attracted a $200 million investment by Barrick Australia Ltd. to mine a lode which may prove to be one of the most significant in gold mining history. One hundred years later, and West Wyalong turns full circle, with corresponding benefits to the growth of this country town.

In the intervening century, the Bland Shire became an important centre for beef, and especially sheep raising and wheat, assisted by the breakup of the large runs and later soldier settlements after the two world wars which gave farmers reasonable landholdings for this type of farming. The many silos to be seen in the shire attest to this agricultural income.

Wyalong - originally laid out and gazetted by the government (see its imposing official buildings today) - lost favour with early settlers who chose West Wyalong for its proximity to the only reliable water supply - the 'White Tank' (see Past & Present - coming soon).

West Wyalong, even from the earliest days of the motor car, and right up until the last decades of the C20th was a major regional town serving the local agricultural community and the visitors travelling up and down the highway. The other nearest major towns were 100 to 200kms away. In its heyday it had a main street full of shops - and even a branch of a major department store.

Today, for the nostalgic, it is not the same as it was (is anything?), but there is evidence of a new vibrancy, and a new purpose to this most interesting western country town.

You may visit us on your travels up and down the Newell and Midwestern Highways. We invite you to stay a while and experience our history and heritage and the uniqueness of the Australian country lifestyle.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE.

Main sections are shown on the Home Page. From here you can go to further Directory pages, leading on to Details pages.

From Directories, you can navigate straight back to the Home Page. From Details Pages you can navigate back to their 'Directory'. Alternatively, look for the "Where We Live" logo and link on hosted pages: it will take you straight to the Home Page.

In some places you may also find links to other sites. These can take you on a further adventure. To come back to our site, we recommend you bookmark our Home Page or your favourite page in it.

Now, browse on!

PROPRIETARY DETAILS

Trademarks, trade, and business names are the property of their respective owners.

The Visit West Wyalong website is a division of Furry Software Pty. Ltd. [ABN 33 057 166 042]

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For information about tourism, organisations, or businesses mentioned in this site contact the principals concerned or your local travel agent.


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