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,
OReillys extensive underground mines, and Chinamans Creek alluvial
diggings are some of the many things to see.
To the north-east of Sofala is the
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.