Discover beautiful 19th century heritage in Gulgong, a colonial goldmining town in the Mudgee wine region of NSW. Stroll along the streets and admire about 130 National Trust-listed buildings such as Australia’s oldest operating opera house, the Prince of Wales Opera House, which opened in 1871.

Gold fever struck in 1870, when payable gold was found at Red Hill. Prior to the discovery Gulgong was a sheep-run. You can learn about the Gulgong gold rush at the Pioneers Museum and on the Gulgong Gold Experience at Red Hill, where there’s a replica mine and the kids can try gold panning.

Gulgong's heritage streetscape - Mudgee

The great Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson spent his childhood in the area and you can learn more about his cultural legacy at the Henry Lawson Centre. The town celebrates Lawson’s extraordinary literary contribution with the annual Henry Lawson Festival on the June long weekend.

Scenes of Lawson’s childhood years in gold towns such as Gulgong appeared on the first Australian $10 note, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia Museum. The goldfields attracted Chinese to Gulgong too and their heritage is celebrated with the Gulgong Chinese Gold Festival in October.

ANZAC Memorial Park - Gulgong

You’ll find many more wonderful things to do and see in and around Gulgong, from wine tasting at acclaimed wineries to exploring the magnificent Goulburn River National Park. The annual Gulgong Folk Festival is a popular three-day event in December-January with over 50 musicians.

Accommodation options in Gulgong suit various budgets and include motels, lovingly restored colonial cottages and a heritage motel. Getting to Gulgong is easy, with the drive from Mudgee 30 minutes and from Dubbo 75 minutes. The drive from Sydney, via the Blue Mountains, is four hours.


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  1. Welding Workshop with Maurice Berry

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Thursday 02 August 2018 , Mudgee

    This two-day workshop will provide you with the fundamental skills required to carry out basic welding techniques. This course will equip you with the ability to create one-of-a-kind metal sculptures, garden artworks and more. Students wi…

    24 Jun - 02 Aug
  2. Food Over Fire

    Saturday 30 June 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018 , Mudgee

    The Cellar by Gilbert will once again offer their unique long lunch experience, Food Over Fire, each Saturday in the Mudgee Region from 19 May to 29 September. The relaxed and indulgent four-course dining experience is set around a large,…

    30 Jun - 29 Sep
  3. Church Markets

    Saturday 07 July 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Mudgee

    On the first Saturday of each month, the Church Markets are held in the grounds of St John’s Anglican Church from 9am to 1pm. A country town just isn’t a country town without markets to explore. Why not time your visit to coincide with on…

    07 Jul - 01 Dec