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Villages

When you start exploring the countryside around Bathurst you begin to understand why so many artists have been captivated by the landscape. It is a beautiful part of the world with dramatic scenery and colourful seasons.

 

Bathurst is surrounded by many beautiful villages, with:

  • historic gold mines 
  • one of the oldest settlements west of the Blue Mountains
  • Australia's oldest surviving Gold Town a picturesque village classified by the National Trust as a Conservation Area 
  • the richest Silver Mine in Australia prior to silver being discovered at Broken Hill

Itineraries: 

Visit a village to the North

Visit a village to the South

 

Hill End

Sitting above the Turon River Valley and surrounded by scenic bush is the quaint village of Hill End. The area first made its claim to fame through the 19th century gold rush, where is 1872 wealth from the gold fields saw the village boom into what was a thriving community. Now a place where visitors and locals alike can enjoy village lifestyle and wander through streets steeped in history. History Gold may have been discovered in Hill End as early as 1852.

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O'Connell

Historic O'Connell was originally named O'Connell Plains by the colonial surveyor George Evans in 1813 which later became an important staging post Cox’s Road to Bathurst.

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Peel

Peel is situated 14 km north of Bathurst on the Sofala Road.Surrounded by rolling hills which once played host to many Aboriginal and white clashes is the village of Peel. Peel House was built in late 1840 from the proceeds of a large gold nugget. Scenes from the 1994 film 'Sirens' about Australian artist Norman Lindsay, were filmed in Peel and nearby Sofala. Peel Village Map  

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Perthville

The village was originally named Queen Charlotte's Vale, but when proclaimed a village in 1855 became Perth. However because of confusion with Perth in Western Australia it was renamed Perthville in 1908.

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Rockley

Rockley is one of the oldest settlements west of the Blue Mountains having been discovered by surveyor George Evans in 1813. Today Rockley is recognised by the National Trust as an historic village with a streetscape lined with heritage buldings.

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Sofala

The discovery of gold on the Turon River in 1851 led to the establishment of Sofala. The early township followed the river for over 16kms. Although the population has dwindled since then Sofala remains Australia’s oldest surviving gold town.

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Sunny Corner

Like many other villages in the region Sunny Corner started life as a gold mining town around 1860. It grew dramatically with the discovery of the first silver reef in NSW in 1861. Today the village is a much quieter spot surrounded by pine forests and natural bush land.

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Trunkey Creek

Stories abound as to how the village got its name but today the tiny rural village is best known as the gateway to Abercrombie Caves and home of the annual Wool & Horse Festival.

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Wattle Flat

Once a thriving gold town of 40,000 miners the village today comes alive to the sounds of horse racing at the annual Bronze Thong. Many visitors enjoy a wander through the streets or a walk through the bushlands of the Buurree Heritage Lands.

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Yetholme

At 1180 metres above sea level Yetholme is one of the highest points in the Blue Mountains and in the late 1800s was a popular tourist resort . With its cool climate it is home to over 30 species of terrestrial orchids.

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