Ophir Reserve

The scene of Australia's first Gold Rush, Ophir Reserve is a rugged yet peaceful reminder of the colonial past. The first Australian payable gold discovery was made here in 1851, just 30 kilometres north east of Orange. Now 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 exploring the area.

While Ophir has much to offer with camping, fishing, fossicking and exploring the old diggings, it is not a "museum" and remains much as the diggers left it all those years ago. Care should be taken around the old open mine shafts. Hire a gold pan from the Orange Visitor Information Centre and try your luck in Summer Hill Creek just as the early settlers did during the gold rush of the 1850s.

For more information: http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au

Nearby events

  1. Museum Up Late

    Friday 21 September 2018 , Orange

    From paddock to plate, from barrel to glass this Up Late event will include a wide variety of regional flavours to try. Wines, fruits, beers, ciders, cheeses and much more. Try out the flavours and learn more about their history in Orange. …

    21 Sep
  2. Metal United Down Under: Orange

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Orange

    Metal United Down Under is an initiative to create a united annual event with many Australian cities and the wide range of metal and metal related genres. Everybody who is involved in metal can participate. The event consists of an average …

    22 Sep
  3. City of Orange Golf Championship

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Orange

    Fifty four holes of golf played over three days on the October long weekend at the three premier golf courses in Orange, NSW - Wentworth Golf Club, Orange Ex-Services Country Club and Duntryleague Golf Club. Over six thousand dollars in pri…

    29 Sep - 01 Oct