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Sofala

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

Blacksmith's Corner


Blacksmith's Corner is located in the old gold mining village of Wattle Flat which is 10 kilometres south of the historic and well known village of Sofala.

This landmark was once the original blacksmith shop and Cobb and Co stop in the 1880s.
Stop off and have a look at the old Australiana artefacts or walk across to the local arts and craft centre.

The General Store offers a cuppa and there is the rural and hardware store for any camping needs.

Take time to visit the Heritage Lands and do some bush walking along the Boree Track.




3823 Sofala Road
Wattle Flat, NSW, 2795

Located 6.7K 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

Sofala: Events

Sofala and District Agriculture and Horticulture Show


The Sofala district looks forward to showcasing some of the district's best arts and crafts, as well as flowers, birds, poultry and, of course, their vegetables at the Sofala and District Agriculture and Horticulture Show. Come along for the food and entertainment which will include puppet shows, a snake display, helicopter rides and lots more.






Sofala Showground
Sofala, NSW, 2795

Located 0.6K from Sofala

Hill End Family History Open Day


Fossick for your Hill End goldfields roots during Family History Month this August. To celebrate Family History Month, the Hill End and Tambaroora Gathering Group, in conjunction with Hill End Family History, are holding an open day in Hill End at the Royal Hall.

The Hill End Royal Hall will be opening its doors to display some of the many treasures that have been collected under the combined efforts of the Hill End Family History and the Hill End and Tambaroora Gathering Group.


Event Dates
2016
      27th Aug


1 Kendall Avenue
Hill End, NSW, 2795

Located 9.8K from Sofala

Wattle Flat Bronze Thong


The 2016 Wattle Flat Bronze Thong is coming back with a new one day format 10am till late! Enjoy horse racing, live bands, wood chopping, Ute muster, Calcutta goat racing, novelty events and of course the thong throwing championship! Live music headlined by popular local band 'The Works' to keep you dancing into the night! Stalls, BBQ and spit roast, food for the kids plus great coffee available all day and into the night!


Event Dates
2016
      22nd Oct


3502 Limekilns Road
Wattle Flat, NSW, 2795

Located 10.3K from Sofala

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