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Strike it lucky on our CFT tour of the historic NSW Goldfields in the Central West region. Based in Bathurst we will explore nearby heritage towns and goldfields as well as the famed Mayfield Garden. Join us for a delightful “Unpack Once” holiday rich in history, fun experiences and fellowship.
Time to come together in the spirit of fun and fellowship as we leave the “Big Smoke” of Sydney behind for a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Central West of NSW. We’ll head across the Blue Mountains, stopping briefly at Cahills Lookout for one of the best views in the Blue Mountains.
From here we embark on one of the prettiest scenic drives in New South Wales, down through the beautiful Hartley Valley and across the Great Dividing Range toward Oberon for lunch at Mayfield Garden. There will be some time to wander through this impressive garden before we travel into historic Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland settlement. An area once prized for stock pastures changed almost overnight with the 1851 discovery of gold at nearby Ophir – Australia’s first Gold Rush was on!
Bathurst is often referred to as “Gold Country” and we take a step back in time when we visit the once booming gold mining towns of Sofala and Hill End. Enjoy morning tea and a stroll around Sofala, Australia’s oldest surviving gold town. Looking more like a movie set than a real town, tiny Sofala once had forty hotels to service its population of 10,000 thirsty miners.
Enjoy lunch at the Hill End Hotel before worship at the heritage sandstone church of St Paul’s, a beautiful example of religious architecture of the late 1800s. Religion played an important part in the gold mining communities of that time and when St Paul’s was built in 1872 the construction incorporated plans for future extensions. At the time Hill End had a population of 8000 people and it was thought that the town may have grown bigger than Sydney so two extra doorways were built and, whilst filled in, the design made for easy removal and extension.
Bail up! Wherever there was gold, bushrangers were sure to follow, and the Western Plains was famous for both. Ben Hall was a notorious bushranger who was active in this region and all the way across to the Victorian border. Today we travel to the small country town of Canowindra to meet a guide well versed in bushranger folklore including the tale of the Frank Gardiner / Bell Hall Gang’s infamous 3-day “party” in Canowindra. You will hear lots of yarns about these “colourful characters”.
Visit nearby Eugowra, the site of the biggest Gold Robbery in Australia. Today the bushrangers are all gone, except for those depicted in the towns many colourful murals.
After lunch we will travel to the former gold town of Molong with its impressive collection of historical buildings. We swap Bushranger Yarns to the real thing when we stop at the c.1875 Cobb & Co Coach House, now home to the Yarn Market. This Craft Co-operative offers a wide variety of crafts for purchase and is also home to a magnificent collection of antique laces and the Bi-Centennial Embroidered Screen, that took 65 locals 4 years to design and embroider.
We farewell the “Golden West” and head back towards Sydney stopping at the Mt Piper Power Station at Lidsdale, near Lithgow. Look through the Energy Expo and learn a bit how electricity is produced and distributed in NSW.
Travelling along the Bell’s Line of Road you will see how the incredible Australian bush is regenerating after the massive 2019-20 bushfires. Bilpin is known as the “Land of the Mountain Apple” so we will stop for lunch and pick some new season produce (weather dependent). We return home with golden memories of a caring and sharing holiday filled with great experiences and like minded people.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|FROM SYDNEY||Sydney Hotel||$1,690||$1,980|
|FROM MELBOURNE||Melbourne Domestic Airport||$2,125||$2,530|
|FROM BRISBANE||Brisbane Domestic Airport||$2,125||$2,530|
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