Central NSW – Ophir

Ophir Reserve

Ophir is located about 26km from Orange and in 1851 was the location of the first payable gold found in Australia. The gold rush only lasted about a year, but at it's peak there were about 2000 miners working the area. There are relics of mining activities around the beautiful gorge where two creeks meet and two walking tracks around the sites. 

The area is a popular camping site and when we visited over Easter it would have been far to crowded for our liking! Campers kept themselves entertained with gold panning, not sure if they found anything.

Camping is $10 per night per vehicle and there are toilets and bins available. Sites are very unlevel and while caravans are not prohibited the access roads are steep, windy and part dirt road so the site is not recommended for caravans and motor homes. The water in the creeks looked fine but there were signs saying it is not suitable for drinking and some people said that it was contaminated with chemicals from the gold mining days.

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