Gold Fever - Wattle Flat, Sofala and Hill End
Take the Sofala Road continuing on from Gilmour Street in Bathurst. Admire the scenery of this picturesque drive, coming through the small Village of Wattle Flat
, where you can call into the General Store to wind back the clock and reminisce what the humble petrol station once was.
10 minutes on the same road from Wattle Flat is Sofala.
Stretch your legs and wander down the main street, or call into the Royal Hotel to say G'Day to the locals. A scrumptious lunch is on offer across the road at the Painted Horse Cafe
, appearing in this year's Good Food Guide.
30 minutes west of Sofala, dig into the history of the gold rush in Hill End at History Hill Museum
, a fascinating experience for all ages.
Country Charm - Perthville, Rockley and Trunkey Creek
Perfect to start off your country adventure, head south of Bathurst to Perthville
along Vale Road, about 15 minute's drive. Visit Barcoos Farmstay
to collect eggs, feed the pig and even ride a pony!
Next stop Rockley
, 25 minutes away via Rockley Road. There is a delightful picnic spot right beside Pepper's Creek where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the country air. Architecture buffs can admire St Patrick's Catholic Church, Victorian Gothic style and constructed of local sandstone in 1870.
Half an hour away along Triangle Flat Road is Trunkey Creek
, where you can call into the Black Stump Hotel, a charming old country pub.
Nature Escape - Tarana and O'Connell
Head out of Bathurst via the Great Western Highway turning right onto O’Connell Road. 30 minutes down the track is O’Connell
, where you can grab a bite to eat, or sip a locally roasted coffee from The O'Connell Avenue Cafe & Store
, and park to hop out and explore a gorgeous green space overlooking the Fish River.
Back out on the O'Connell Road turn left onto Mutton Falls Road. Keep your eyes out for a great local water hole along the Fish River known as Flat Rock. Minimal facilities are available here, and camping is free. Dip your toes into this lovely freshwater stream enjoying the tranquil sound of water bubbling downstream.
20 minute's drive from O'Connell is Tarana
, where you can have lunch at the Tarana Hotel
overlooking the railway tracks and rolling hills. A favourite menu item with locals from the region is the Tiger Burger. Then just a short drive up 3 km east of the village is Evan's Crown
Nature Reserve. A steep climb is rewarded by towering granite boulders with 360 degree views of the characteristic Bathurst Region's stunning landscape.