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. Paddock to Plate Museum Exhibition

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Orange

    Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district celebrates the history of food and wine in the Orange region, revealing how growing, processing, distribution and consumption of food has changed over time. The…

    25 Jan - 28 Apr
  2. Once Upon a Picture Book

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019 , Orange

    Freya Blackwood’s original illustrations are highly sought after. She no longer offers new works for sale. Once Upon a Picture Book is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase remaining originals. Also available will be signed and…

    25 Jan - 22 Feb
  3. Orange Australia Day

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Orange

    Come along for a corker of a day on the lawns of Cook Park to celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. A big Aussie barbecue will kick things off from 8am, with live music, fun activities and rides sure to entertain the…

    26 Jan