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Sofala is 45 kilometres north of Bathurst and 'Australia's oldest surviving Gold Town'. The village was established in 1851 when gold was discovered on the Turon River. In the early days the township followed the Turon River for over 16 kilometres and the population numbered tens of thousands. Over fifty hotels and other businesses catered for the gold seekers at this time.

Today Sofala encapsulates the picturesque historic village of the gold rush days. The unique narrow streets of the village are flanked by beautiful old two storey brick buildings. Visitors are offered accommodation, campground, cafes, general store, walks and tours.

A trip to Sofala would not be complete without trying your hand at gold fossicking in the Turon River.

Sofala: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Sofala Bookshop (Slado's Recycled Books)


Slado's Recycled Books has been established since the mid 1990s and until October 2016 was located on George Street, Bathurst.

They are now located on Denison Street, Sofala - an historic gold mining village situated on the Bathurst - Mudgee road.

There are over 10,000 books across most genres including Australiana, modern fiction, crime, war, self help, art, craft, gardening, cooking, railways, fishing, nature, children's, poetry and the list goes on.

You will find first editions and rare books, plus there is a search system where staff will seek out that elusive book that you have been looking for to finish off a collection - they have an additional 20 000+ books off site.

Today, Slado's Recycled Books is more commonly known as Sofala Bookshop.

Visit them when you come to Sofala you never know what 'gem' you could find!




34 Denison Street
Sofala, NSW, 2795

Located 0.1K from Sofala

Turon Technology Museum


Winner of a National Trust Heritage Award, The Turon Technology Museum offers something for everyone - from the steam engine enthusiast to children discovering the wider world of technology.

Situated in a secluded area off the Ilford-Sofala Road and just midway between the towns is the Turon Technology Museum, also known as the Museum of Power, which displays some of the fascinating engines and engineering behind the Industrial Revolution.

You will discover that the truth about this most important revolution is very different to your school book history.

The museum focuses on the power technology from 1850 to 1950, including steam turbines, a marine diesel engine and compressors. Many of the engines are in working order and those in the steam display are operational.

Kiosk, toilets, picnic area, parking are available.

Group bookings are essential and catering is available by arrangement.




5833 Sofala Road
Sofala, NSW, 2795

Located 9.7K from Sofala

History Hill


Two kilometres on the Sofala/Bathurst Road of Hill End you'll find History Hill Museum, with over 10,000 rare and unusual artefacts from the goldfields of the 1800s as well as 175 metres of underground workings to explore, completing the gold rush experience. The museum reflects all that was on the land of the goldfields during the time of a gold rush.

This Goldfield museum specialises in bus groups. Open during school holidays and long weekends, please phone ahead to confirm. Tours include an underground mine.




3458 Bathurst Road
Hill End, NSW, 2850

Located 24.9K from Sofala

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