Quaint historic buildings and winding streets serve as the urban backdrop for the picturesque gold town of Gulgong, situated in the Mudgee wine region. This notable area is displayed on the first Australian 10 dollar note and renowned for its cool-climate wines and Australia’s oldest operating opera house.
Things to do in Gulgong
Journey into the past at the Gulgong Pioneer Museum, located in the heart of historic Gulgong. This award-winning complex features a collection of farm and mining equipment, horse-drawn vehicles and aboriginal artefacts. Learn about the history of the gold rush and explore the attached Museum of Sight and Sound, dedicated to Australian sound recording and cinematography.
For insight into Gulgong’s past, head to the Gulgong Gold Experience, located on the first gold discovery site in Gulgong. Tour the informational hub with its historic audio and video displays, stroll through the replica underground mining tunnel and enjoy the beautiful view over Red Hill. Those looking for a unique adventure can sign up for a gold panning experience.
The Henry Lawson Centre provides a wealth of information about Australian history and the life of Henry Lawson, a notable writer and bush poet. Tour exhibitions displaying the artist’s original manuscripts, letters, photos and paintings, including some of Lawson’s rare first editions.
Check out the area’s landmark Prince of Wales Opera House, which remains in public operation. Tour the exquisitely crafted interior or buy tickets for a theatrical production through the Gulgong Amateur Musical and Dramatic Society.
Getting around Gulgong
Gulgong is located about 300 kilometres north-west of Sydney on the Castlereagh Highway. The easiest way to get around is by car, while Gulgong is also connected by railway at the junction of the Sandy Hollow line and the Gwabegar line.