When you are travelling around country NSW Australia - GULGONG - is a 'must not miss' town .
Situated just west of the Great Dividing Range Gulgong is - 28 km north of Mudgee travelling on the Castlereagh Hwy/Gulgong Road; 73 km east of Wellington travelling on Goolma Road; 110 km east of Dubbo travelling along the Golden Highway; 294 km north west of Sydney (approx. 4 hours by road on the Castlereagh Highway) and approximately the same from Newcastle travelling west along the Golden Highway.
Gulgong Visitor's Information Centre
64 Herbert Street
Gulgong, NSW 2852
ph: (02) 6374 2691
A 19th century gold rush town in Central West NSW, the Gulgong area has a current population of approx. 7,500 but in its heyday it was an estimated 20,ooo.
In 1870, nearly 20 years after the gold finds at Ophir, the Turon River and Hill End prospectors were lured by Tom Saunders' discovery of gold at Red Hill (on the edge of Gulgong).
Gulgong was surveyed as a town in 1872.
By 1880 the gold fields had been totally worked and Gulgong shrank to a tiny centre.
For a fairly brief period the town thrived, even becoming internationally famous with Dame Nellie Melba singing and Les Darcy fighting at the Prince of Wales Opera House (built in 1871 by John Hart Cogdon). It is the oldest continually operating opera house in Australia.
As well as its fascinating history, art and hospitality, Gulgong local industries include wine production, wool, wheat growing and coal mining.
Red Hill Gold Mine, where Tom Saunders discovered gold in 1870 - Gulgong NSW
Gulgong Henry Lawson Heritage Festival - celebrating the life & times of Henry Lawson.
Each June Long Weekend
Prince of Wales Opera House - Gulgong NSW, - the oldest continually operating opera house in Australia.
Wander through the narrow, bendy streets which follow the original tent lines from the goldrush period. They are lined with quaint historic buildings (many 140 yrs old) with iron lacework and verandahs over the footpaths .
Visit the Prince of Wales Opera House, the Pioneers Museum with its excellent exhibits of Australiana as well as Gulgong's history and the Henry Lawson Centre dedicated to the poet's life and literary works.
In one aspect Gulgong has not changed much over the 100 plus years - with around 130 of the town's buildings listed with the National Trust.
It is a delightful town to visit.
Gulgong Pioneers Museum, Central West NSW
The Arts thrive in Gulgong - local artists and potters, Art Galleries, the Cudgegong Ceramic Gallery, other local arts and crafts and even a craftsman who makes lead free Pewter ware.
Nowadays there are some great cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs for a pause along your way to relax, refresh and enjoy good coffee and food.
GULGONG - the town of Gulgong is one of the best attractions in Central West NSW - Heritage and Historic buildings.