Gulgong town is built around and over many of the original goldfields. There is an outdoor Mining Museum at Red Hill (the location of the original gold discovery) which includes a stamper.
Located 39km from Mudgee, Hargraves’ part in gold rush history is recalled by the old stamper that stands in the village’s park. An area for gold panning is next to the bridge over Louisa Creek, The General Store offers gold pans and other equipment - 02 6373 8540.
Hill End is the site of the discovery in 1872 of the famous Holterman Nugget – the largest single mass of gold ever discovered, weighing in at 285kg. Almost all the Mudgee Region yielded gold. Large amounts of alluvial gold were recovered in the last century and some small reefs were mined. The Cudgegong River is renowned as an area where occasional small gems have been found, including diamonds, sapphires and rubies.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service manages the Hill End historic site, providing a museum and Visitors Centre. It is illegal to pan for gold within the town of Hill End, however there is a fossicking area set aside just north of the town at Tambaroora. The Bald Hill mine has also been restored and underground tours are held on a regular basis. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for details – 02 6337 8206.
Gold fossicking equipment (except metal detectors but including gold pans) is also available at the Sofala Souvenir Shop - 02 6337 7075.
Now a ghost town, Tambaroora 3km from Hill End was once a thriving centre rivalling Hill End in size. The fossicking area is located 67km from Mudgee on the right hand side of the Hill End Road, at the point where Tambaroora Creek crosses the road. There are allocated areas for fossicking in Tambaroora, contact the Visitor Information Centre for details – 02 6337 8206.
Situated 37km from Mudgee, today the area remains popular for gold fossicking. There is a fossicking area adjacent to the hotel, on Long Creek and adjacent to the Meroo Creek Bridge on the Mudgee approach to the village. Gold pans and other equipment may be hired from the Bushlands Tourist Park - 02 6373 8252.