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Wattle Flat

Distance from Bathurst 34kms north of Bathurst
Preferred route Gilmour Street to Sofala Road via Peel.

History

Originally a farming area, Wattle Flat became a thriving gold town in 1855, when gold was discovered in the area. The population soared during this time to some 40,000 miners. The town was centred around 5 hotels, 2 stores, 2 schools, a Church of England and a Catholic church.

Present

Today Wattle Flat is a beautiful country village with many examples of its past evident in the remains of abandoned mines and diggings, miners' cottages and substantial stone buildings that are still standing. The native woodland provides a backdrop for the flat grazing lands of the region as well as a home for many native animals.

What to do & see

Explore the streets of the village with the brochure ‘A Stroll through Wattle Flat' (available at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre) providing historical background of the many buildings scattered around. Stock up with supplies while enjoying the warmth and friendly service at the General Store. Join the carnival atmosphere of ‘The Wattle Flat Bronze Thong' which is " more than just a bush horse race" held on Saturday October 22nd this year at the Wattle Flat Racecourse, 4 klms out on Limekilns Rd.
For the nature lover the nearby Northern section of the Heritage Lands contain the only evidence of the ‘Argyle Apple' (eucalyptus cinera) in the Central West and Bushwalkers will love the ‘Buurree' Walking Trail that meanders through this part of the Heritage Lands. A relatively easy 3 hour walk takes you to the hill top for spectacular views of Wattle Flat and Sofala. There is a registered fire trail which allows vehicle access. The Southern section of the Heritage Lands contain more walking tracks, mining relics and along the main road you can visit the "Solitary Mine site" which is actively being beautified and re-created with a replica "whip" placed over a shaft reputedly close to 180m deep. It now has a steel grate in place for safety.You can also wonder around the remains of the surface workings via a wheelchair accessible path.

Facilities/Services

General store, petrol, diesel and gas, public phone, active church, public toilets, picnic tables.
Accommodation includes self-contained cottages and B&B. Other establishments operate at nearby Sofala.
Another old gold mining village, Wattle Flat has a collection of historic buildings and the 310 hectare Heritage Lands which is divided into the Southern and Northern sections both clearly sign posted on the main road and each containing toilet, camping and picnic facilities easily accessed by vehicle. (pick up the brochure from the Visitor Information Centre) Many parts of these areas are being restored and regenerated due to the erosion and denuding of vegetation during the gold rush periods.
Camping and toilet facilities are also available at the Wattle Flat racetrack and golf complex.
The annual Bronze Thong Races provide a classic bush race meeting with novelty events, foot races, music, craft stalls and the odd group of horses galloping by on a track which reputedly dates back 100 years . Within the race track is a well maintained 9 hole golf course open to the public for casual golf at any time. An honesty box system operates and with regular competition golf every Thursday and Sunday afternoons 2.p.m. start in winter and 3.p.m. in summer. All welcome

Event

2016 Wattle Flat Bronze Thong Bush Race Meeting
The Wattle Flat Bronze Thong is a bush horse race meeting and family event that is not to be missed. It's a fun day full of entertainment. There is something for the whole family. Featuring bush horse races, foot race events, wood chopping and chain saw events and of course, the always amusing, ever competitive Wattle Flat Thong Throwing championships. (www.wattleflatbronzethong.com.au) and Facebook.

Wattle Flat Village Map