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Nestling in the hills of the Turon River valley on the banks of the Turon River is Sofala, one of the most interesting and unusual of the old gold mining towns in New South Wales. A village with an authentic old world charm, Sofala can legitimately claim to be 'Australia's oldest surviving gold town' as it developed on the back of Australia's first goldrush.

The surrounding district is primarily superfine wool farms. Each farm has many relics and remnants of the goldrush. One such farm, turned tourist property, is Chesleigh Homestead, boasting 7km of the original Cobb & Co coach road to Hill End, O’Reilly’s extensive underground mines, and Chinamans Creek alluvial diggings are some of the many things to see.

To the north-east of Sofala is the Turon Technology Museum, to the west is the fascinating gold mining ghost town of Hill End. Excellent homestead accommodation is available at Sofala. Guides to the historic buildings of Sofala and surrounding area are available from the Sofala Souvenir Shop.

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In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Information Centre Souvenir Shop
Denison Street
SOFALA NSW 2795
Ph/Fax: 02 6337 7075

Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

Sofala Attractions

Western Goldfields Museum
• 82 Upper Turon Rd, SOFALA NSW 2795 • Ph: 02 6337 7196
• Privately owned museum (owner and curator Richard Wigglesworth), housed in brick cottage and outbuildings. His collection includes stationary engines, early electrical gear and goldfield relics. He also specialise in electro-technological equipment, including electro-medical and x-ray material.
Royal Hotel
• Denison St, SOFALA NSW 2795 • Ph: 02 6337 7008
• Built in 1862, the pub has a wooden verandah, fireplace, pool tables and bar room. An ideal place for a counter meal, cold beer and accommodation.
Self Drive Tour
•  The oldest surviving gold town was born in the beginnings of the gold rush in May 1851, with a main street that stretched some 16 kilometres and a population numbering in the tens of thousands. Today, you can enjoy the history of the town through the ‘Historical Walking Tour of Sofala’ or the ‘Self Drive Tour’, brochures available from the visitor centre and the Sofala Souvenir Shop.
Turon Technology Museum (Museum of Power)
• 5833 Ilford Rd, SOFALA NSW 2795
• Ph: 02 6358 8434 (during operating hours) • Email • Located just on the main road 12 km north-east of Sofala, the museum displays the engines of the Industrial Revolution covering the period 1850-1950, presented in a number of buildings. Some of the items on display include steam turbines, internal combustion engines, hot-bulb engines and diesel engines. The museum opened weekends and public holidays. A highlight of the museum is the firing up of the steam engines on the first weekend of each month and every public holiday.
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Sofala Distance

Distance to Sofala
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Sofala:
  Km
• Bathurst 45
• Hill End 37
• Ilford 27
• Katoomba 137
• Limekilns 23
  Km
• Lithgow 101
• Mudgee 84
• Orange 100
• Sydney 239
• Wattle Flat 8
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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