Gulgong

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Arts, culture and heritage in Gulgong

Founded in the heady days of the Australian gold rush, Gulgong has approximately 130 buildings with National Trust classification. Take a self-guided walking tour of the town's historic sites.

  • Gulgong, Mudgee region, NSW
  • Gulgong, Mudgee region, NSW

About Gulgong

About 30 km from Mudgee, this historic town in Country NSW was firmly established by the 1860s gold rush, when an estimated 20,000 people flocked to the town.

Today, Gulgong is home to several fascinating museums. See an amazing record of goldfield life in the Pioneer Museum, where you can browse an astonishing collection of Australiana memorabilia along with an impressive range of photographs taken at the height of the gold rush in 1872.

Visit the Henry Lawson Centre, a living memorial to one of Australia's greatest bush balladeers who spent his childhood in the area. The town also embraces this iconic poet with the famous Henry Lawson Festival, held every June long weekend.

Gulgong, Mudgee region, NSW

Take a short stroll along the main street to admire the beautiful facades, broad verandahs and the elaborate wrought ironwork of the Victorian era. Gulgong has approximately 130 buildings with National Trust classification, including The Prince of Wales Opera House, the oldest operating Opera House in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Gulgong district is also famous for its potters, artists, tapestry workers, artisans and craftspeople. Spend time shopping for treasures in the local stores and admiring works of art in the galleries.

In 2016 Gulgong will also come alive with their 30th Anniversary of the Gulgong Folk Festival. More than 50 musicians will perform throughout the township. You can also enjoy the annual Gulgong Gold Chinese Festival on the October Long Weekend.

  1. Gulgong Pioneer Museum

    Gulgong Pioneer Museum

    Journey into the past...Established in 1962, the Gulgong Pioneers Museum is home to one of the finest collections of Australiana in the country. Located in the old Times Bakery and Produce Store in...

  2. Gulgong Symbol Trail

    Gulgong Symbol Trail

    During the Great Depression and in gold rush times, people travelling country roads in search of work, food or just a place to sleep the night, used a secret code of symbols to communicate the 'lie of the land' to...

  3. Henry Lawson Centre

    Henry Lawson Centre

    The Henry Lawson Centre is housed in the Salvation Army Hall built in 1922, the year of Lawson's death. The exhibition "A Walk through Lawson's Life" illustrates many facets of an incredible period in the development...

  4. Prince Of Wales Opera House

    Prince Of Wales Opera House

    The Prince Of Wales Opera House is the oldest still-operating Opera House in the Southern Hemisphere. It was built in 1871 by John Hart Cogden. This classic building is now owned by the Gulgong Amateur Musical and...

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