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. Grapes of Mirth

    Saturday 17 November 2018 , Orange

    Hosted by comedian and Grapes of Mirth founder, Merrick Watts, each event has amassed a line-up of Australia’s best and most-loved comedians. Included in the line-ups for the final three dates for 2018 are Peter Helliar (The Project),…

    17 Nov
  2. Family Fun Days at Duntryleague

    Sunday 25 November 2018 to Sunday 14 April 2019 , Orange

    Join them at Duntryleague for their Family Fun Days held on selected Sundays. Activities include a kids golf workshop, activities table and an inflatable obstacle course. Kids menu and snack bar will be available. This will be fun for the…

    25 Nov - 14 Apr