One of the most interesting and unusual gold mining town in New South Wales, Sofala, a 40-minute drive north of Bathurst, is a two-street village with an authentic old-world charm that appear to capture the town snap frozen as if in 1870 and captured perfectly by famous Australian artist, Russell Drysdale, in his iconic 1947 award-winning painting of the same name. The gold rush may be long over, however gold panning still takes place in the Turon River today as part of guided tours or in designated areas for those feeling lucky. Take a historical walking tour and don’t forget to snap a pic of the famous scene depicted in Russell Drysdale’s art work! 

Discover more about the history of Sofala HERE, or check out the Sofala Image Gallery.