Explore an open-cut gold mine on a free self-guided tour and try your luck panning for the precious metal in fascinating Peak Hill. You can also enjoy a walking track in a beautiful national park with spectacular views and discover prehistoric creatures in the Big Fish Fossil Hut.
About Peak Hill
Try your luck panning for gold, explore a famous open-cut gold mine and discover a giant fish from the age of the dinosaurs in Peak Hill, a beautiful country town between Parkes and Dubbo. Gold was discovered in the district in 1889. Mining ceased in 1917 and started again in 1996 to 2002.
You can visit an historic gold mine on the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience. There are free self-guided walking trails, a bridge over a section of old mine workings, viewing platforms over five open cuts, and spectacular vistas from the hilltops. Guided tours are available too for groups of ten or more.
The Big Fish Fossil Hut holds a collection of fossilised creatures dating back hundreds of millions of years, including a fish 4.5 metres long and the skull of an ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Other wonderful things to do and see include the Burrabadine walking track in Goobang National Park.
The country hospitality and the location make Peak Hill the perfect base for the visiting the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. You’ll find range of places to stay, from caravan parks to motels and the Club House Hotel, a classic country pub built in 1913.
Getting to Peak Hill is easy. The drive from Parkes is half an hour and from Dubbo 55 minutes. From Canberra the drive is four hours and from Sydney six hours, via Bathurst and Orange. You can travel from Sydney by train and a connecting bus, or fly into Parkes or Dubbo airports and rent a car.