A scenic 40 minute drive south-west of Bathurst rests the small picturesque village of Trunkey Creek in one of the earliest pastoral areas in the Bathurst region with some sections being surveyed and settled as early as the 1820s. The discovery of large quartz reefs in the late 1860s led to a gold rush in and around the town, but it was wool that has provided a more enduring source of prosperity with some of Australia’s finest quality merino wool still produced here. Drop into the Black Stump Hotel or original 1879 general store before striking out to explore the many nearby natural attractions.
Things to Do
- The annual Trunkey Creek Show, incorporating the Wool and Horse Festival is held in October. With entertaining performances through the day, mighty draught horses and the renowned competition for the Australian Champion Fleece, the day celebrates the proudly local rural traditions that date back to the 1820s.
- Trunkey Creek is the gateway to the spectacular Abercrombie Caves. Once the hideout of bush rangers and where gold miners would party and dance the night away, the caves are spectacular in scope featuring the largest natural limestone Arch in the southern hemisphere and an abundance of crystal formations.
- Copperhannia Nature Reserve, just 15 km west of Trunkey Creek, is a 3,494 hectare reserve with a network of bush walking trails amidst a large area of remnant woodlands home to a wide array of native bird life.
The village is said to have been named after a prospector, or shepherd, who was nicknamed ‘Trunkey’ because of his unusually long nose.