Town scene, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1904

Gulgong was named by the Wiradjuri people (the name means 'deep waterhole'.) The town did not excite European interest until gold was discovered in 1866. By 1872 there were 20 000 people living in the area. By the end of the decade 15 000 kilograms of gold had been unearthed, the prospectors had gone and almost all of the local Aboriginal people had been slaughtered. Today, the town stands visually almost unchanged from these times. The narrow, winding streets follow the paths of the original bullock tracks past iron-lace verandahs, horse troughs and hitching rails.

Visitor Information

109 Herbert St; (02) 6374 1202

Nearby national parks

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape....more

Nearby towns

  • Mudgee

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  • Wellington

    Wellington is a typical Australian country town with a wide main street, numerous monuments to significant local people and attractive...more

  • Rylstone

    Visitors are drawn to Rylstone for its rural tranquillity. This old stone village is on the Cudgegong River and is a popular spot for...more

In Town

Henry Lawson Centre Housed in the Salvation Army Hall, which was built in 1922, the year Lawson died, the centre has the largest collection of Lawson memorabilia outside Sydney's Mitchell Library. It includes original manuscripts, artefacts, photographs, paintings and an extensive collection of rare first editions. 'A Walk Through Lawson's Life' is an exhibition that uses Lawson's words to illustrate the poverty, family disintegration, deafness and alcoholism that shaped his life, as well as the causes he was passionate about such as republicanism, unionism and votes for women. Mayne St; (02) 6374 2049.

Pioneers Museum: illustrates every era of Gulgong's history. Exhibits include a replica of a classroom from the 1880s, period clothing and rare antique crockery; Cnr Herbert and Bayly sts.

Red Hill: site of the town's original gold strike, featuring restored stamper mill, poppet head and memorial to Henry Lawson; off White St.

Mayne Street Symbols: inscribed in the pavement by a local artist, to depict the 'language of the road' used by diggers to advise their mates who may have followed them from other goldfields.

Town trail: self-guided walking tour of historic buildings such as Prince of Wales Opera House and Ten Dollar Town Motel; brochure from visitor centre.


Goulburn River National Park The park follows approximately 90 km of the Goulburn River with sandy riverbanks making easy walking trails and beautiful camping sites. Rare and threatened plants abound here, as do wombats, eastern grey kangaroos, emus and birds. Highlights include the Drip, 50 m curtains of water dripping through the rocks alongside the Goulburn River, sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves, and over 300 significant Aboriginal sites. 30 km NE.

Ulan: Ulan Coal Mine has viewing areas overlooking a large open-cut mine. Also here is Hands on the Rock, a prime example of Aboriginal rock art; 22 km NE.

Talbragar Fossil Fish Beds: one of the few Jurassic-period fossil deposits in Australia; 35 km NE.

Wineries: cellar-door tastings; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Mudgee 27 km

Mudgee is probably best known for its vineyards and wine, and there are a growing number of organic wineries, including Botobolar, Lowe Family Wines, Martins Hill and Thistle Hill. Broombee also has organic fruit and... Find out more

Picnicking around Dubbo 88 km

Throw a rug down in the 167-hectare Burrendong Botanic Gardens and Arboretum near Wellington, and take in the fragrance of an estimated 2500 native plant species.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Butcher Shop Cafe

With its distinctive logo featuring a friendly-looking sheep, the Butcher Shop Cafe is a trendy hub for happy visitors soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, whether for lunch, or morning or afternoon tea.... Find out more

Phoebe’s Licensed Restaurant

Named after Henry Lawson’s Aunt Phoebe, this restaurant is located inside the old Royal Hotel, now called the Ten Dollar Town Motel. Beautifully restored and showcasing its country heritage, Phoebe’s offers a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Spring Gully camping area 48 km

On the banks of the Goulburn River on Mogo Rd, access to Spring Gully with a 2WD vehicle is possible in dry weather only. There is no vehicular access in wet weather. Boil or treat river water before drinking or bring... Find out more

Big River camping area 48 km

This sprawling grassed area is beside the Goulburn River, on Mogo Rd north of Wollar. Access is by 4WD only. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Alternatively, you can boil or treat the river water. There is no... Find out more

Lake Burrendong State Park camping area 54 km

Turn onto Burrendong Rd off Wellington–Orange Rd north of Mumbil, and you’ll soon find this camping area. Activities include golf, sailing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and a waterslide.... Find out more

Cudgegong Waters Park 56 km

On the southern edge of Windamere Dam, Cudgegong Waters Park has all the activities and facilities a water-loving outdoor enthusiast could ask for. Fishing is a particular drawcard, with golden and silver perch, Murray... Find out more

Mookerawa Waters Park camping area 57 km

To get here, follow Mookerawa Rd for 10 km from Stuart Town, off the Wellington–Orange Rd. Facilities and activities match those at the Lake Burrendong State Park camping area, but there are no powered sites here.... Find out more

Glendora camping area 74 km

Glendora is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee. Hill End’s fascinating gold-rush history draws crowds of up to 35 000 annually, and... Find out more

The Village camping area 75 km

This is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, a small village with a fascinating goldmining history. Hill End is 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee; the campground is in the... Find out more

Coles Bridge camping area 78 km

Coles Bridge is about 15 km west of Sofala on the Turon River. Both the river and Sofala are historically significant: the river for the site of one of the first alluvial gold rushes in Australia; the town for being the... Find out more

Turon Crossing Reserve camping area 79 km

On the Bridle Track, there are 2 campsites included in Turon Crossing Reserve: 7.3 km and 8.2 km south of Hill End. A concrete causeway crossing of Turon River 8 km south of Hill End may be impassable after rain, even... Find out more

Cave Hole Reserve camping area 80 km

On the Bridle Track, on the northern side of Monaghans Bluff, Cave Hole Reserve is about 9 km south of Hill End. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 59 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more

Wellington Valley Caravan Park 60 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more

Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 63 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more

Dubbo City Holiday Park 89 km

Enjoy the sights of Dubbo from this centrally located park. It is conveniently situated on the Newell Highway about 2 km from the city centre and just a short drive from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a... Find out more

BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 90 km

This is a very good park at the southern entrance to the city, the closest to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a large selection of accommodation and very good amenities. Winter months can be very busy as... Find out more

West View Tourist Caravan Park 91 km

Located alongside the Mitchell Highway on the western approach to town, this is a convenient overnight stop. It is budget priced and dog friendly. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Green Gables B&B

Three guest rooms are nestled inside Green Gables and the house itself is surrounded by a fragrant garden. The property lies opposite Gulgong Golf Course, which provides some guests with an irresistible opportunity for... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Apsley rest area 62 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Geurie rest area 67 km

24km NW of Wellington (L) or 27km SE of Dubbo (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Two Mile Creek rest area 79 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Bell River rest area 86 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Brocklehurst rest area 89 km

9km N of Dubbo (L) or 57km S of Gilgandra (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Terramungamine camping area 92 km

T/O 8km N of Dubbo (L) or 58km S of Gilgandra (R)

On the riverbank 4km west of the highway via Burroway Rd.

Burrabadine rest area 95 km

8km W of Dubbo (R) or 32km E of Narromine (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Panai rest area 96 km

39km NE of Tomingley (L) or 14km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

What's on around town

Folk Festival: Jan.

Henry Lawson Festival: June.

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