Cassilis

Cassilis is a pleasant little village of around one hundred people.  It is located just off the Golden Highway on the Munmurra River, 43km north-west of Merriwa, 86km north-east of Mudgee and 358kn north-west of Sydney.  The main  streets have been declared an urban conservation area.

After you turn off the highway you will see, to the left, St Columba’s Anglican Church which was built of sandstone in 1899.  A little further on is the bridge over the Munmurra River.

As you enter town head down Branksome St. To the right is the modest courthouse/police station complex, designed by Alexander Dawson and built of sandstone in 1858. The police residence, designed by Walter Vernon, dates from 1890. Just past them is an old store which is thought to have been run by Chinese residents at the outset of the century.

The road bends to the left, becoming Buccleugh St. To the right is an attractive timber house dating from the late 19th century when it served as a doctor’s residence.

Further along the road, to the left, is the Royal Hotel, built of sandstone c. 1870. On the other side of the road, just past the post office, is the Cassilis Community Centre and library (early 20th century).

Just over Scott St is St Joseph’s Catholic Church.  Along Scott St an old hitching post can still be seen.

If you continue along Buccleugh St and follow the road as it bends left as the Coolah Rd then, on top of the hill, gazing over the valley below, is the public school (1875) which is still in use.

Beyond the school turn left into Ancrum St which will lead you back in the direction of the highway.

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