Modern Mining Trail

Parkes - Orange - West Wyalong - Cobar


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Welcome to the Modern Mining Trail

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Mining is inseparable from the Australian identity, from the first time gold was discovered, through the establishment of mining towns – some gone and some still alive with the sounds of mining – to the large scale mines currently in operation.

The famous discovery of a few specks of gold at Ophir by the Tom brothers, John Lister and Edward Hargraves in February 1851 could not have predicted Australia’s first gold rush. Over 5,000 people swarmed that little valley to get access to Lewis Ponds Creek, the euphoria spilling over into Lucknow, Bushman’s Hill, Hill End, Sofala, Lucknow and Cadia. Hill End can also boast two of Australia’s largest gold nuggets.

Although the gold rush peaked in the 1870s, mining in the Central West pursued and with improved technology in exploration, the development of major copper and gold mines transpired.

Proudly, New South Wales has been a major player in the origin of Australian mining and will continue to carry its legacy for decades to come. The Central West of NSW that is home to some of Australia’s greatest mines run by some of the world’s big mining players: Newcrest Mining, New Gold, Barrack, Rio Tinto and Sumitomo.

The Modern Mining Trail takes you on a journey to see the world class gold and copper enterprises where advanced technology and a pursuit of excellence has enabled NSW to be on the world map in mining. 

Why not take this unique opportunity to travel through Central NSW on the Modern Mining Trail and explore Australia’s mining – past, present and future.

The Modern Mining Trail incorporates Parkes, Bland, Orange and Cobar regions featuring the following MODERN MINES:

  • Northparkes Mines
  •  Newcrest's Cadia Valley Operations
  • Peak Gold Mine (Cobar)
  • Peak Hill Open Cut Experience
  • Barrick Cowal Gold Mine
  • Great Cobar Copper Mine

The Modern Mining Trail region is also home to a number of tourism experiences that have linkages to history of mining and the role that modern mining plays in communities today. Attractions include:

  • Parkes - The Henry Parkes Centre, Bushman's Hill Reserve & The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (The Dish)
  • Peak Hill - Open Cut Gallery & the Big Fish Fossil Hut
  • Orange/Cabonne - Ophire, Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
  • Blayney - The Golden Memories Museum, Millthorpe
  • West Wyalong - Barmedman Mineral Pool, the Poppet Head, West Wyalong Heritage Museum & the Bland Shire Heritage and Gold Tour
  • Cobar - The Great Cobar Heritage Centre, Cobar Miner's Heritage Park and Heritage Walk.


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