Ophir Reserve

The first Australian payable gold discovery was made in 1851 at Ophir, 30 kilometres from Orange. Other gold fields soon overshadowed Ophir in size and richness, but to Ophir belongs the honour of being the first field where those very Australian words, digger and diggings, were first used.

Today Ophir is a recreational reserve - a picturesque picnic and camping ground at the junction of the Lewis Ponds and Summer Hill Creeks. Evidence of old alluvial, reef and deep lead mines is still visible to those wishing to explore the area. Hire a gold pan and try your luck in Summer Hill Creek just as the early settlers did during the gold rush of the 1850s.

Ophir has so much to offer. Camp for a night or two waking at dawn for an early morning fishing jaunt or tour a working mine that has been operating since the 1880s.
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For more information: http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au

Nearby events

  1. Orange Show

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Orange

    The 146th Orange Show in April 2018 is a wonderful family show presented by Orange Show Society Incorporated. The Orange Show has been a signature event for Orange and the region for 146 years, designed to showcase agricultural production …

    28 Apr - 29 Apr
  2. Orange and District Relay For Life

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Orange

    Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience for the whole family that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Orange community to recognis…

    05 May - 06 May
  3. Orange Farmers Market

    Saturday 12 May 2018 to Saturday 08 December 2018 , Orange

    The Orange Region Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of the month and showcases local produce from the Orange area. Meet the producers and taste their fresh seasonal produce. Over 40 stalls feature: flowers and plants, fruit a…

    12 May - 08 Dec