Famous for: The first payable gold discovery in 1851 at Ophir Reserve, sparking Australia’s original gold rush.
Historical Milestones: Australia’s gold rush started here in 1851. The area also has a rich agricultural heritage built on sheep and wool production.
What you can expect now: Today the hamlet of Mullion Creek has a school, community hall and church.
Close by Ophir Reserve is a rugged but beautiful reminder of the gold rush era. Stay at the scenic picnic and camp ground near the junction of Lewis Ponds and Summer Hill Creeks - a great spot for families to explore. Visit the historic cemetery, pan for gold or fish for trout.
Key events to plan for:
- Australia Day Ceremony, Mullion Creek – January
Must see and do:
- Hire a pan from the Orange Visitors Centre and try your hand at gold panning
- Explore historic Ophir Reserve walking trails, can you find the old mines?
- Join the 4WD enthusiasts on a drive though the area
- Fish the Summer Hill and Lewis Ponds creeks for trout when in season (You will need a license!)