Newell Gold Trail – West Wyalong to Peak Hill

West-Wyalong – Barmedman (optional) – Lake Cowal (optional) – Forbes – Parkes – Peak Hill – Tomingley (optional)


  • Old poppet head and historical museum (West Wyalong)

  • Mineral pool in old gold diggings (Barmedman)

  • Working gold mine (Lake Cowal)

  • Site of Ben Hall’s shooting by Police (Forbes area)

  • Grave of bushranger Ben Hall (Forbes)

  • Working gold mine (North Parkes)

  • Henry Parkes historical museum (Parkes)

  • Abandoned open cut mine, recently reworked (Peak Hill)

  • Former changing station for coaches, working gold mine nearby (Tomingley)

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Distance 185km
Travel Time 2 hours 10 minutes

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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.

Barmedman (optional)

Barmedman is a village of the Bland Shire famous for the mineral pool, which originated from the flooding of the Barmedman goldmines by an underground stream in the 1880’s. The pool is situated on a four-hectare reserve and is said to have some healing properties due to its high mineral content.

Lake Cowal

Lake Cowal is New South Wales’ largest natural inland lake at approximately 21 kilometres long and 9.5 kilometres wide with an average depth of around 2.5 metres and covering an area of over 13,000 hectares when full. This dedicated bird and wildlife sanctuary is listed on the Register of the National Estate for the diversity and the number of species – over 180 different species have been identified ranging from seagulls and pelicans to ibis. Many of the species are either rare or endangered.


Forbes is a remarkably elegant and substantial inland town. Famous for its connections with the bushranger, Ben Hall (he was killed and buried near the town), today it is an important rural service centre noted for its fine parks and gardens and its large and gracious public buildings.


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.

Peak Hill

The town with a heart of gold lives up to it’s name in the amazing open cut experience of a deserted gold mine. Located near the centre of town on Mingelo Street, Peak Hill’s historic tourist gold mine features five spectacular open cuts, walking trails and viewing platforms. The tour is self guided and is open 7 days a week.

Tomingley (optional)

Alkane Resources Tomingley Gold Project is exploring for gold in an area that reaches from north of Tomingley through to just North of Parkes. Construction work for the mine commenced in 2011 and was completed in early 2014. The project has a life-span of seven years with gold output expected to exceed 50,000 – 60,000 ounces of gold per year.