Spring and summer 2023 are offering a variety of delightful outdoor adventures which include everything from blooming flowers to sparkling beaches. A quintessential experience to add to your list is the NSW Canola Trail which creates breathtaking golden vistas as far as the eye can see. It’s a 4-hour drive from Sydney but worth the effort for the rich experiences along the way that include everything from small towns to excellent views. Spanning the NSW Riverina towns of Junee, Coolamon and Temora, the canola fields burst with bright, yellow flowers for a fleeting period of time every year during spring.
Canola Trail, NSW
There are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to the countryside to see these fields of gold and don’t let the long drive deter you. On the way, you’ll find small-town charm in spades and some lovely historic sites and things to do with the whole family.
Start the trail in the beautiful town of Junee which is located 440 km south-west of Sydney. Highlights include the Roundhouse Museum and Broadway Museum where you can learn more about the history of the town, the historic homestead Monte Cristo which is popular for its ghost tours and of course, the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory where you can indulge in all the chocolate in the world or take a guided tour and go behind the scenes. You can even get hands-on and make some chocolate to take home with you. Then step back in time to Temora, home to the popular Temora Aviation Museum and the Bundawarrah Centre which houses attractions like the Temora Rural Museum and Ambulance Museum with many activities and exhibitions to enjoy.
Just a little further down the road, you’ll find Coolamon, a quaint country town filled with charm. Things to do include Coolamon Cheese Co. for lovers of all things cheese and The Coolamon Fire Museum which is home to a wide variety of firefighting memorabilia run by collector and ex-firefighter Chris Berry.
Read more about NSW’s Canola Trail here and plan a visit while you still can.
P.S. As pretty as the canola fields are to look at, it is advised to not walk through the fields unless you have permission from the farmers to do so. The fields are just as Insta-worthy from afar so there won’t be a dearth of photo opportunities.