Heritage Town


The history of Gulgong is a fascinating one. The Rouses were early settlers who established Guntawang in 1822, but it wasn’t until 1870 when Tom Saunders discovered gold on Red Hill that Gulgong truly flourished.

An estimated 20,000 people, lured by the prospect of a quickly amassed  fortune, had flocked to the area and in 1872, this new tent settlement was surveyed as a town.

Gulgong has changed little since those times - the first thing you’ll notice is the narrow streets which reflect the location of the original tent lines.

Visit the Prince of Wales Opera House where Nellie Melba once sang and Les Darcy last fought. This building is reputed to be the largest bark structure ever built and is still a well used performance space.

Take a walk up to Flirtation Hill and enjoy a view of Gulgong and the outdoor mining museum at Red Hill.