Tuena 1851 Historic gold mining village

Nestled in a picturesque valley between Goulburn and Bathurst, Tuena is an ideal destination for those who prefer the simple pleasures. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, gold fossicking, bushwalking, swimming or just a strolling about the village seeking out the old buildings, many of them built during the goldrush era. Tuena is within easy reach of Abercrombie Caves (20kms) and Grove Creek Falls (15kms) to the north.

Who first discovered gold in Tuena? We are not really sure, legend would have it that John Douglass first found gold near the mouth of Limestone Creek but we are not entirely sure if this is fact or fallacy.

Tuena was one of the quiet achievers of the NSW gold fields. Never really grabbing the headlines, but always there as a “safe pair of hands” where good gold was to be had and a settled community life enjoyed.

Gold was discovered here very early on in 1851 – much to the relief of Goulburn residents who were desperate for a goldfield of their own to ensure the region did not miss out on the associated population influx and service industries that developed around the goldfields.

After a steady decade in the 1850s where alluvial gold mining gradually expanded to include quartz reef operations, the 1860s put the gaze of public attention on the region as a result of the activities of the bushrangers.

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Key Highlights

  • Come and pan for gold in Tuena Creek just as the pioneers did in the 1800s
  • The 1861 Bookkeepers Cottage is the best example of wattle and daub construction
  • Check out the 1866 Goldfields Inn, the oldest wattle and daub pub in Australia
  • Parsons General Store has been operating since 1886
  • Take a walk on the Suspension Bridge over Tuena Creek

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