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. Orange Camel Races

    Sunday 21 April 2019 , Orange

    Easter Sunday has never been such fun as a day at the Orange Camel Races. Watch the spectacular and colourful camel races and enjoy the slightly crazy fashions on the field. This popular annual event as all about family entertainment …

    21 Apr
  2. Ross Hill Winery Daily Complimentary Tours

    Monday 22 April 2019 to Friday 31 July 2020 , Orange

    Before opening for tastings each day, they offer guests a complimentary tour of their Ross Hill NCOS certified carbon neutral winery. The tour is followed by a wine tasting at 10:30am redeemable on wine purchases. The tour will be…

    22 Apr - 31 Jul
  3. Blooming Begonia!

    Monday 22 April 2019 to Tuesday 30 April 2019 , Orange

    The Blowes Conservatory in Cook Park is a mass of colour this month with the Begonias in full bloom. It doesn't last long so get down there as soon as you can. Cook Park is also looking fabulous as the Autumn colours emerge so its the…

    22 Apr - 30 Apr