The village of Sofala has a rich gold mining history as well as being one of the most picturesque historic villages in Australia. The main street has retained all of its unique ageing character. Bordered largely by original two-story wooden gold rush buildings, the narrow main street houses the post office, pub, general store and fire station. The village is set against the stony Turon River with dramatic rugged mountains hovering behind. Sofala dates from 1851 when gold was discovered on the Turon River, and gold can still be found today. During the 1850s and 60s around 40,000 people lived in Sofala, including 10,000 Chinese.
What to do & see Try your hand at gold fossicking in the Turon River. Visit the Old Sofala Gaol to see the large collection of memorabilia from many locations. Collect a copy of the self drive or walking tour from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and explore the village and surrounding region. Meet the locals in the Royal Hotel that was established in 1862. Take a drive up the Ilford Road to the Turon Technology Museum - winner of a National Trust Heritage Award, where engines from the period 1850-1950 are on display. The fabulous scenery of Wallaby Rocks along the road to Hill End is a must see for anyone with an eye for natural beauty.
Facilities/Services Souvenir shop and take away food outlet, cafes, lolly shop, hotel, public toilets, play equipment, picnic tables, public phone box, and museums.