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Don’t rush the scenic drive from Bathurst to the gold towns of Sofala and Hill End, as every village has its own story to tell. The countryside around Peel was once fiercely contested between warriors of the Wiradjuri people and European settlers, with the grave of the great Wiradjuri leader Windradyne on the Brucedale property at Peel.

Things to Do

  • Mark down the second Saturday in November for the Marmalade Festival Peel Jam. Join the local community at the old 1856 school hall for a solid 8 hours (yes, 8 hours) of live music taking time out only to inspect the exhibition of local art and enjoy great food. 

  • The annual Brucedale Twilight Concert is held in March. Bring a picnic basket, rug or chairs and enjoy a beautiful evening of classical music under the stars in the garden of the the exquisitely picturesque Brucedale property. 

  • Discover the perfect base to explore the greater Bathurst region at Brucedale Cottage, the property called home by seven generations of the Suttor family. This fully restored gorgeous 1864 cottage is as close to the perfect retreat as it is possible to get. 

Fun Fact

Scenes from the 1994 film ‘Sirens’ starring Sam Neil, Hugh Grant and Elle Macpherson were filmed at Peel and nearby Sofala.

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