West Wyalong is the main town and business centre for the Bland Shire.
The original occupants of the district were the Wiradjuri people. Explorer John Oxley was the first European to investigate the area in 1817, but couldn’t find water and prophesied that: From want of timber, grass and water, it would never be inhibited by civilized man”. Well… we proved him wrong.
Squatters settled in the district from 1833 recognizing the agricultural potential with vast sheep and cattle runs introduced.
It was not until Joseph Neeld discovered gold in 1893 that a centralized settlement developed. Wyalong was laid out in 1894 with a population of 10 000. More gold were found in West Wyalong, which also contained the water source and was officially laid out in 1895.
Gold mining is still active today in the Bland Shire with Cowal Gold Operations near Lake Cowal.
Located 32 kilometres from West Wyalong the historic village is famous for its mineral pool, which originated from the flooding of Barmedman goldmines by an underground stream in the 1880’s. The pool is said to have healing properties due to its high mineral content.
Barmedman’s biggest annual event is the Barmedman Modified Tractor Pull, which is held in October each year.
Kikoira is located 38 kilometres north of Weethalle. Kikoira is a small rural community with an active tennis club.
Mirrool is a vibrant village nestled just off the Newell Highway 47 kilometres south of West Wyalong. The village is best known for the annual silo kick where people come from far and wide to attempt to hoist a Sherrin football over the historic silos.
The historic Royal Hotel is a popular place for locals and visitors as well as the picturesque Sunshine Park.
Located 127 kilometres from West Wyalong in the north-west of the Bland LGA, Naradhan is a close-knit community with areas of high environmental value and a rich agricultural heritage, with winter cropping and sheep grazing the predominant agricultural activities. The Naradhan Historic Woolshed was built in 1888 and has been fully restored to its glorious past and is a must see for visitors to the region.
Tallimba is a quaint agriculture community situated 35 kilometres south-west of West Wyalong. Sheep grazing and winter cropping are the predominant agricultural activities in the locality. The community hub is the Tallimba Inn, which stands directly across from the public park, which has public toilets, a barbecue, shelter area, basketball court and War Memorial.
With a population of 290 and located 42 kilometres from West Wyalong, Ungarie is the home of “The Big Football” – a large fibreglass Sherrin football which stands at Bing Wallder Park as a tribute to the Daniher family. Born and raised in Ungarie, Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher are the only set of four brothers to play together in a VFL/AFL premiership match, The Daniher legend is part of Ungarie’s rich sporting heritage. Sheep grazing and winter cropping remains the major industries in Ungarie.
Located 58 kilometres to the west of West Wyalong, Weethalle is home to the first silo art project in New South Wales. The spectacular artwork depicts a shearer, sheep in a pen and a farmer in a field of wheat with the famous sunshine harvester in the background as a tribute to the town’s agricultural history.
The Weethalle Whistlestop Museum takes visitors on a journey through time and serves delicious Devonshire teas most days.