Modern Mining Trail

Parkes - Orange - West Wyalong - Cobar

Parkes Shire

Explore Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore. From the heights of Goobang National Park, to the plains of wheat and country villages, Parkes Shire boasts many sights to see - some well known and others waiting to be discovered.

Located in Central NSW on the major inland motoring corridor, the Newell Highway, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre offering quality accommodation, unique attractions and events. Parkes is home to the nationally recognised icon, 'The Dish' and has become more recently known as the 'Elvis capital of Australia' with the annual Parkes Elvis Festival now attracting over 15,000 visitors annually.

Parkes caters for all your tourism needs with 13 motels, 7 hotels, 4 bed and breakfasts, 4 caravan parks plus affordable camping and caravan sites at the Parkes Showground. Parkes also caters for recreational vehicles with dump points located throughout the Shire including Parkes, Trundle, Tullamore and Peak Hill.

Parkes offers an array of mining related activities and iconic tourist attractions including Bushman’s Hill Reserve (the site of the first gold mine in Parkes) and the Henry Parkes Centre featuring 4 unique museums including a mining history display.

Peak Hill, part of the Shire just 50km north of Parkes, is home to the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience offering a unique tourism experience with spectacular open cuts, historic mine workings, walking trails, lookouts and a viewing platform. You can also visit the Open Cut Gallery at the Peak Hill Visitor Information Centre and the Big Fish Fossil Hut located within the Peak Hill Caravan Park.

Orange Region

Only three and a half hours from Sydney in Central NSW you will find a welcoming City full of life, elegant streetscapes and buildings, beautiful parks and gardens and some of the best regional food and wine in Australia. 

Orange is known as Australia's Colour City and with its four distinct seasons, it is easy to see why. These colours are showcased through the city's magical Cook and Robertson Parks and the Orange Botanic Gardens. Orange has a great deal to offer, from historic buildings and streetscapes to cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and theatres. 

There are a whole range of things to see and do while you are in the Orange region. Take a tour of Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations located within the Blayney region, Try your luck gold panning at Ophir, the site of discovery of Australia’s first payable gold, visit the Age of Fishes Museum, in Canowindra which is one of the worlds most spectacular fossil fish discoveries, dating back approximately 400 million years or visit the Golden Memories Museum in Millthorpe which has many areas dedicated to mining, including the Cadia Corner.

Cobar Shire

Cobar Shire is situated in the centre of New South Wales at the crossroads of the Barrier Highway and the Kidman Way and has excellent road, rail and air links to most of Australia's capital cities. With an area of 45,609 square kilometres, the Shire is approximately two-thirds the size of Tasmania. It is home to approximately 5,120 people. The Shire's prosperity is built around the thriving mining - copper, lead, silver, zinc, gold - and pastoral industries, which are strongly supported by a wide range of attractions and activities, that make it a major tourist destination.

In 1934 the New Occidental Gold Mine, situated 6 km from Cobar, opened and continued operations until the early 1950's. With the improvement in technology, Peak Gold Mines has commenced mining at the old site again as well as open cutting the New Cobar site on Fort Bourke Hill.

The Cornish, Scottish & Australian Mine (CSA), is a copper mine that has seen a series of openings and closures of its site. Operational from the early 1870's, the CSA closed in 1920 when a fire broke out underground. The fire burned for 16 years and effectively ended operations. The CSA mine re-opened in 1965 and continued until 1998 when, due to market forces, it again closed. Fortunately, the CSA Mine re-opened and is fully operational once again.

Endeavor Mine (previously Elura) is situated 47 kilometres north of Cobar. It commenced operations in 1983 and is owned and operated by Sydney-based mineral resource company CBH Resources Limited (CBH). The mine is the largest zinc, lead and silver producer in the Region. An entirely underground operation accessed by traditional shaft haulage with concentrator, drying, storage and rail facilities on the mine lease, Endeavor currently produces at a rate of 720,00 tonnes of ore per annum.

Peak Gold Mines, 12 kilometres south of Cobar, opened in 1992. Continued exploration has sourced gold deposits on Fort Bourke Hill (New Cobar site) where open cut mining is being carried out.

Bland Shire

The Bland Shire and West Wyalong is on the crossroads of the Newell, Mid Western Highways and Goldfields Way and has many historic and interesting areas to explore including the surrounding villages of Tallimba, Mirrool, Barmedman, Ungarie, Weethalle and Naradhan.

Other places to explore in the Bland Shire and West Wyalong include the Barmedman Mineral Pool, the 25 State Forests, Reserves and National Parks, and the tin and eucalyptus oil history. Go on a tour of Bland Shire and Barrick Lake Cowal Gold Min called the Hertiage and Gold Tour which takes place the first and third Friday of most months depending on numbers, the weather, unexpected situations and mining operations on the day. The tour includes a Welcome to Country, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, a tour of the West Wyalong Barrick Cowal Mine, Manna Mountain, Wyalong Museum and Exclusive Hot Glass. The tours lso coincide with the Saturday flying dates for the Temora Aviation Museum.