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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets

    Saturday 17 March 2018 to Saturday 21 April 2018 , Mudgee

    The Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets are held in the picturesque grounds of St Marys Church, every third Saturday of the month. There are up to 50 stallholders there with a range of goods from the Mudgee area. Everything sold has to be …

    17 Mar - 21 Apr
  2. Live and Local on Church Street

    Saturday 17 March 2018 , Mudgee

    Live and Local on Church Street will take place on Saturday March 17 from 4pm to 8pm in conjunction with the Mudgee Food and Drink Trail weekend and is free for the public to attend. Established live music venues will showcase local art…

    17 Mar
  3. Mudgee Region Food and Drink Trail

    Saturday 17 March 2018 to Sunday 18 March 2018 , Mudgee

    A gastronomic adventure through the Mudgee Region, sampling expertly crafted local food and drink matches. Traverse the Trail alone, in a couple or with a group of friends and discover a delectable drop with a small bite at each participati…

    17 Mar - 18 Mar
  4. Footcrush Feast

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Mudgee

    Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard devote their time to tending their aged vines and crafting wines that reflect the magic of this beautiful estate in Mudgee. Established in 1976 the estate was one of the first in the region and those 35 y…

    18 Mar
  5. Mudgee Bike Muster

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Mudgee

    Bike Muster is held every Easter at the Australian Rural Education Centre and is a non-competitive, family friendly, weekend celebration of recreational cycling in and around the Central Ranges town of Mudgee. Participants camp on-site i…

    31 Mar - 01 Apr
  6. CWA Kandos Gardens Fair

    Sunday 01 April 2018 to Monday 02 April 2018 , Kandos

    Held in the humble country town of Kandos, the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is organised by keen local gardeners who work with the challenging climate to create their own special gardens which they would like to share with you. The gardens va…

    01 Apr - 02 Apr