Gold Trails

West Wyalong Gold Fields

From the discovery of Australia’s first payable gold at Ophir in 1851 and for several years after this memorable event, the history of New South Wales is dominated by the feverish rush to find gold – the splendid triumphs and bitter disappointments, the ‘mateship’ of the original diggers and the dramatic impact the gold discoveries had on rural societies and economies.

Bland Shire Council is a member of the Gold Trails that links 17 Local Government Areas and two National Parks and Wildlife Services sites located in the Lachlan Fold Belt, the main geographical region for gold discovery in NSW. It stretches from Hill End in the north to Kiandra in the South, Yass in the east, to Forbes, West Wyalong and Weethalle in the west.  

Stay in West Wyalong and travel the South-Western Gold Trail or the Newell Gold Trail to see the stories of those who won the gold and those who stole the gold, brought to life. 

Find the Gold Trails page here.