Pristine Cabonne, ‘Australia’s Food Basket’, is situated in Central NSW 3 ½ hours drive from both Sydney and 3 hours from Canberra. The area is home to Australia’s first gold rush and is well known for ballooning, food and wine, agriculture and mining.


Cabonne Shire includes the quaint historical towns of Borenore, Canowindra (pronounced Ca-noun-dra), Cargo, Cudal (pronounced Cue-Dal), Cumnock, Eugowra, Manildra, Molong, Mullion Creek, Nashdale, Ophir and Yeoval.

Key Sectors

Cabonne’s economy was founded on agriculture (mostly grains), which still accounts for a large proportion of economic activity. Recently, agricultural activities have become more diverse and mining has played an increasing role, helping to drive economic growth.

Manufacturing has also become another important economic sector specifically for food and wine products.

Major Employers

Cabonne is home to a number of large manufacturers, including businesses that leverage local agricultural production, such as the Manildra Flour Milling, MSM Milling Manildra, Canobolas Eggs and Bryton Wool.

Identified Opportunities

Opportunities for future economic development include:

  • -Food Manufacturing – the combination of inexpensive input costs and a progressive Council provide competitive conditions for increased manufacturing activity and have resulted in a growth in the “value adding” sector.
  • -Mining – growth in regional mines will support further opportunities to grow the mining sector including Copper Hill in Molong.
  • -Manufacturing – with a strong focus on mining, farming and food, Cabonne Shire is a favourable location for manufacturing, particularly with regard to business land development in Molong and Canowindra.
  • -Tourism – the region’s attractive rural landscape, quaint towns and existing food, wine and arts sectors all support future growth in tourism, featuring an annual ballooning event, Australian National Field Days and the world’s oldest fish fossils at the Age of Fishes Museum.



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The Orange Region is situated within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodianship of these lands, and pay our respect to the Wiradjuri people for their care and stewardship of these lands for more than 40,000 years and to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation past, present and future.