Gulgong, NSW

Immerse yourself in the charm and history of this historic gold mining town to enhance your experience in the region. With its captivating museums, renowned events, and rich history, this hidden gem is sure to leave a lasting impression. Take a stroll through the quaint, winding streets with elevated sidewalks in our picturesque town. Gulgong, established during the New South Wales gold rush, saw an influx of approximately 20,000 residents during that era. Come and explore the stories and heritage that make this town unique.

Gulgong historic streetscape in Mudgee Region NSW

Things to do

Although the streets and historic structures have remained largely unchanged since the late 1800s, you'll encounter a forward-thinking and enthusiastic community ready to greet guests and recount their tales. The Gulgong gold rush was sparked by Tom Saunders' discovery of gold on Red Hill in 1870. Today, visitors have the opportunity to explore the original mine shaft beneath a tall wooden Poppet Head and visit the Gulgong Gold Experience at Red Hill.

The historic buildings in the town, which are protected as part of the heritage list, display original verandahs and intricate iron-lace balconies. These landmarks include The Prince of Wales Opera House, where the famous Dame Nellie Melba once performed. This venue, with its rich history, continues to operate as Australia's oldest performing arts space.

Henry Lawson, although born in Grenfell, went to school in Eurunderee. You can find the ruin of Henry’s childhood home on Henry Lawson Drive between Gulgong and Mudgee. The old Eurunderee School still stands today and is being preserved by a group of volunteers for visitors to enjoy.

There is an astonishing collection of Australian artefacts at the Pioneer’s Museum. At the Holtermann Museum you can also find an impressive range of photographs taken in the height of the gold rush in 1872 known as the Holtermann collection.

Near by you'll find incredible walks in Goulburn River National Parks including The Drip and nearby Hands on Rock. You can also do a self guided walking tour around town.

Shopping

In Gulgong, you can explore a variety of shopping opportunities, from unique fashion boutiques to art galleries to the all-encompassing Stacks store. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic streets and engage in friendly conversations with the welcoming residents at each shop.

Food and drink

Gulgong offers more than just its historical charm. Explore a variety of delicious cafes and dining options to savor contemporary local cuisine. From renowned pubs to global flavors, Gulgong's restaurants provide a diverse culinary experience for visitors to enjoy.

Best Accommodation

There are various types of accommodations available in Gulgong, such as motels, pubs, self-contained units, caravan parks, and cozy bed and breakfasts. Choose the perfect option for your upcoming visit to Gulgong.

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Events and markets

The town embraces Henry Lawson with the famous Henry Lawson Festival. Held every June long weekend and in the Henry Lawson Centre Museum.

You can find a great event that happens every February in the Gulgong Show. The community loves it and there is something for everyone to enjoy a good old fashioned country show.

You can also find hidden treasures and local produce at the pop-up Gulgong Markets.

The Gulgong district is also world-famous for its clays, and both the town and its surroundings are a haven for potters, artists, tapestry workers, artisans and craftspeople. Clay festivals are held in Gulgong every two years attracting ceramicists from all over the world.

For all local events visit out What's on in Gulgong.

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