The site of the Royal Hotel at Canowindra was an inn taken over by Ben Hall's bushranger gang in the 1860s. Today the town has a nice historic feeling along its crooked main street which was once a bullock team track.
It has two other claims to fame being known as the Balloon Capital of Australia, with lots of ballooning during the delightful autumn days of April.
The other thing is that it is the site of one of the world's great fossil discoveries where there are huge number of fish from 360 millions years ago preserved in stone. It is well worth a visit to the Age of Fish museum to see these fossils and the story behind them.
This town is a personal favourite with me. Not too big, not too small and out the big wide country of western NSW.