Richie’s Gold Battery, Tourism New South Wales

Population 827

Adelong was established and thrived as a goldmining town in the late 19th century. Wilham Williams discovered gold and prospectors flocked to Adelong to seek their fortunes. Legend has it that Williams bought a mining claim for £40 000, only to sell it later the same day for £75 000. By World War I, over a million ounces of gold had been extracted from the mines, leaving little behind. The people began to disappear immediately. What is left is a charming rural village with a turn-of-the-century feel.

Visitor Information

Tumut Region Visitor Centre, 5 Adelong Rd, Tumut; (02) 6947 7025

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Historic buildings Take a stroll through Adelong's streets to discover banks, hotels and churches of the gold-rush era.


Adelong Falls Reserve Richie's Gold Battery was one of the foremost gold-processing and quartz-crushing facilities in the country. See the ruins of its reefer machine, including water wheels and a red-brick chimney. Three clearly signposted walks explore the falls, and other ruins in the reserve. 1 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 68 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Yaouk Valley 88 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 68 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park 93 km

Located near the New South Wales border, 430 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and one of Victoria’s lesser-known national parks, this has some remarkable features. The granitic Pine Mountain is one of the... Find out more

Picnicking around Canberra 95 km

There are many great places to unpack a picnic in the Australian Capital Territory, from the copious native areas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, to the bird mecca of Jerrabomberra Wetlands on the Molonglo... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 93 km

When the site for the nation’s capital was selected in 1909, it was mainly rolling grassy plains with few trees. Little was known about what species might flourish in Canberra’s environment. The federal... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Coat of Arms 
Kaffeehaus Restaurant

Escape to Vienna at the boutique Beaufort House restaurant. Local Tumut trout is extremely popular, as is the chef’s trout pâté entrée, made to a secret recipe. Try the schnitzels, which are all... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 97 km

Canberra may well claim to be the real ale capital of Australia on the strength of this single brew-pub, which sees more pints of hand-pumped ale pulled than any other joint in the land. From the well-balanced and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Blowering camping area 19 km

It’s a 250 m walk from the carpark at Blowering Dam to this campsite near the Blowering Dam wall, accessed via the Snowy Mountains Hwy south-east of Tumut. Those in the mood for a short walk can do a return trip... Find out more

Browns Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 22 km

This campsite is 9.5 km south of Blowering camping area on the Blowering Reservoir foreshore and 37 km north of Ben Smith camping area. It’s a long but manageable return walk from Blowering camping area if... Find out more

Log Bridge Creek camping area (northern section) 23 km

In summer these grassy woodlands make a great base for campers in the mood for paddling, sailing, swimming, fishing and walking. It’s 18 km south of Tumut, near Blowering Dam, via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring... Find out more

The Pines camping area (northern section) 25 km

Put up a tent at the Pines and head out on the water at Blowering Dam for a spot of fishing, waterskiing, swimming or kayaking. The camping area is 22 km south of Tumut via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring your own... Find out more

Blowering Forest Holiday Camp 26 km

You’ll find this well-equipped camping ground on the western shore of Blowering Dam, accessed via Blowering Camp Rd, 27 km east of Batlow. Bring your fishing rod, swimming costume, canoe, sailboat and waterskis.... Find out more

Humes Crossing camping area (northern section) 27 km

You’ll need to bring drinking water and firewood to this camping area, 25 km south of Tumut near Blowering Dam, reached by the Snowy Mountains Hwy. There are loads of water-based activities to immerse yourself in... Find out more

Island Forest Park camping area 28 km

This camping area is on the western shore of Blowering Dam, via Blowering Foreshore Rd, 20 km from Batlow. Check road conditions before setting off with a caravan. Bring drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove from... Find out more

Yachting Point camping area (northern section) 29 km

There are water activities galore during summer at this aptly named campground, 30 km south of Tumut near Blowering Dam. Take your pick of swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing and paddling. Bring your own firewood and... Find out more

Dormans Point camping area 30 km

One of a handful of camping areas dotted along the western shore of Blowering Dam, 20 km east of Batlow. Follow Blowering Foreshore Rd. If you’re bringing a caravan from Batlow, check road conditions before setting... Find out more

Platypus Park camping area 30 km

One of a handful of camping areas dotted along the western shore of Blowering Dam, 20 km east of Batlow. Follow Blowering Foreshore Rd. Caravanners bringing a caravan from Batlow should check road conditions before... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gundagai River Caravan Park 26 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Gundagai Tourist Park 27 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 65 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 67 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Holbrook Motor Village 83 km

In an ideal position, this comfortable tidy park caters for travellers on the Hume Highway. It is convenient for an overnight stop or a longer stay. Pets are allowed at the manager’s discretion.... Find out more

Yass Caravan Park 93 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra 95 km

Located in a quiet bushland setting 3 km from the centre of Canberra, this park makes a good base for exploring the national capital, with just a short drive to the city and most of the attractions. The park has... Find out more

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 99 km

This camping area is part of the Canberra Showground and may suit those with big rigs or those travelling with dogs. The park is not available during the Canberra Show or the Folk Festival; the maximum stay is 28 days.... Find out more

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 100 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more

Canberra South Motor Park 100 km

This large, older-style park is on the south side just a few kilometres from Canberra. For those navigating with a GPS, the park has no street number but is opposite number 250. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beaufort House

Nestled inside a heritage-listed building on Adelong’s main road, Beaufort House prides itself on attention to detail. So much so, there are only ever a maximum of 26 guests staying at any one time. There are 14... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tumut park area 15 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 23 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 25 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Humes Crossing camping area 26 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yachting Point camping area 29 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yolde camping area 33 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Talbingo park area 37 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Mingay rest area 37 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Jounama Creek camping area 37 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 38 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Coolac rest area 42 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Boranbola rest area 47 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 51 km

34km S of Tarcutta (R) or 36km N of Holbrook (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 52 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

Holbrook park area 69 km

At Holbrook

Just off the highway near the information centre and submarine display.

Kiandra park area 74 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Bookham rest area 76 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.

The Rest House park area 78 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Woomargama Rest Area 94 km

Middle of town

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good facilities.

Berry Jerry rest area 96 km

66km SE of Narrandera (L) or 32km NW of Wagga Wagga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Adaminaby park area 100 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

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