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Western NSW

Kandos is a small, quaint town located in the beautiful Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest canyon.

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Kandos is 230 km (3 hr 20 min drive) north-west of Sydney. The larger town of Mudgee is 64 km (less than an hour drive) to the north west of Kandos.

How to get there

The nearest commercial airport is Mudgee Airport (about an hour drive to the north west), regular flights to Sydney are available with FlyPelican.

The nearest railway station is at Lithgow, just over an hour’s drive to the south. A NSW TrainLink coach service operates providing a connection with Lithgow and interurban train service to Sydney.


Kandos has a population of just over 1300 people, the median age of residents is 52 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

Kandos is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Rylstone Multi Purpose Service is the nearest public hospital to Kandos (8 min drive). The multi purpose service provides emergency services, acute and subacute medical inpatient services, and low and high care residential aged care services.

Kandos is supported by the Ambulance Service of NSW station in nearby Rylstone.

Accredited GP practices

  • Kandos Family Medical Practice

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing people living in the Mid-Western Regional Council area are: coal mining, supermarket and grocery stores, secondary education, aged care residential services and local government administration..
  • Education

There are two public schools in Kandos: There is also a primary school in nearby Rylstone.
  • Childcare

For young families Kandos has one preschool.
  • Shopping

The main street of Kandos is home to some shops including an IGA, pharmacy and newsagency. Mudgee (just under an hour to the north west) offers larger supermarkets, national retailers and specialty shops.
  • Places of worship

In Kandos there are Anglican, Catholic, and Uniting churches. Additional places of worship are available in nearby Mudgee including Baptist and Presbyterian churches. The nearest mosque is 1 hr 10 mins to the south west in Kelso (near Bathurst).
  • Points of interest

Kandos is a great base for exploring World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, and Lake Windamere. Kandos hosts events including the annual Street Machine and Hotrod Show, CWA Kandos Gardens Fair and the biennial contemporary arts festival, Cementa. Nearby Mudgee offers cafés, wineries and restaurants.
  • Sporting activities

Kandos offers a range of sporting activities including swimming, touch football, rugby league, golf and kayaking.
  • Community groups and activities

Community and service groups in Kandos include the Kandos Garden Club, CWA and Rotary Club. What's On — Mudgee Region lists events in Mudgee and surrounding areas.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Kandos. A good place to start are the Facebook pages KandosRylstone 2 Towns but 1 Community, Mid-Western Regional Council and Mudgee Guardian.