Famous for: A history of Gold mining established during the gold rush of 1851.
Historical Milestones: The Lucknow goldfield was discovered in 1851, soon after Australia’s first payable gold was found at nearby Ophir. The entire mining area was owned by William Charles Wentworth; the gold field was known as the Wentworth Field until the name Lucknow was adopted in 1863. Peaks in gold production occurred from 1860 through to 1899 and again in the late 1920s. At its peak in the 1880s – 1890s Wentworth goldfield was one of the richest in NSW.
What you can expect now: Lucknow’s gold mining heritage lives on with relics of poppet heads, mine buildings and cottages, mullock heaps and bluestone dam walls visible in and around the village. Lucknow remains a popular stopover as visitors can enjoy historic walks, relaxing meals, local vineyards and some quirky shopping.
Key events to plan for:
- Wentworth Mine Open days – open first Saturday and Sunday of the month, 10am to 2pm
Must see and do:
- Wentworth Mine Open days
- Do the historic walk
- Quirky shopping and friendly locals
- Scenic and historic drives to nearby villages and cellar doors