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By far 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. Captured perfectly by famous Australian artist, Russell Drysdale, in his iconic 1947 award-winning painting of the same name, while the gold rush may be long over, gold panning still takes place in the Turon River today as part of guided tours. Take a historical walking tour and don’t forget to snap a pic of the famous scene depicted in Russell Drysdale’s art work! 

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Fun Fact

Annie’s Ice Cream Parlour in Bathurst CBD has named one of their most popular ice cream flavours after this town. Visit the retro ice creamery and look out for Sofala’s Gold.

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