When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, it was the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (aka the Dish) that broadcast the event around the world. The much-loved Parkes Elvis Festival is the largest and most vibrant celebration of the music of Elvis Presley in the southern hemisphere.

West Wyalong

West Wyalong is an attractive country town which many hundreds of thousands of people pass through each year. It is rich in the history and romance of the past. In their heyday the gold fields of West Wyalong were the largest fields in the country.


With over 20,000 people thronging to the gold diggings at Temora the district was proclaimed a gold field on June 4, 1880. Some large discoveries were made, including the famous Mother Shipton nugget, a facsimile of which appears in the Rock and Mineral Museum section of Temora Rural Museum.


Nestled in the Snowy Mountains foothills with the beautiful Tumut River flowing along the edge of the town, picturesque Tumut offers quiet walks, kayaking, trout fishing and the laid back ambience that only the gurgle of flowing water can create.


Orange and its fertile surrounds produce delicious local produce, including beef, lamb, fruits and wine with€“ much of it available from regular farmers' markets in the Orange area. The city is also rich in local history, has a flourishing cultural scene, features beautiful parks and gardens, and is surrounded by natural attractions.


Bathurst offers a wealth of gold trails heritage including the iconic Hills End Historical Village where the roaring early days of the gold rush come to life, and the nearby Bald Hills Tourist Mine where you can step into an original 1870s mine shaft and walk in the steps of the original colonial goldminers.


With a rich and colourful history of settlers, bushrangers, gold and convicts - from enticing prospective miners by posting rewards for finding gold in the region, bushrangers to Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert, John Dunn and John O’Meally holding up the Webb and Crego’s store in Boorowa and outfitting themselves at gunpoint - there is a lot to explore in Boorowa.


Yass was centre stage to the goldfield sagas as they unfolded throughout the 1850s and 60s. As a major outpost on the main southern road, keeping this artery intact and relatively safe for gold escorts was a major part of the life of the town from as early as 1853.


Adelong is a charming and historically important town nestled on the bank of the Adelong Creek. The main street is classified by the National Trust (NSW) with some buildings dating back to the gold rush and the nearby Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins experience is significant as so much of the gold mining equipment is [...]


An historically significant town in the heart of Weddin Shire, Grenfell is steeped in colonial history with much of its old world character and charm maintained. Known throughout Australia as the birthplace of Henry Lawson, Grenfell’s heritage is rich in poetry, heritage landscapes, gold and bushrangers.