‘Australia’s Oldest Surviving Gold-Rush Town.’
One of the most interesting and unusual gold mining towns in New South Wales, Sofala is a 40-minute drive north of Bathurst. It is a four-street village packed with history that appears to capture the town snap frozen as if in 1870. Sofala is depicted 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!