Outback Towns


Home to poet Henry Lawson and the Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, Gulgong is an old gold mining town full of history.

About Gulgong

Behind bush poet, Henry Lawson, on the first Australian ten dollar note, ‘street scenes’ from a lively gold mining town can be observed. This town is the 19th century ‘gold rush’ town of Gulgong.

Almost 300kms north-west of Sydney lays the town of Gulgong. The current population of approximately 2500 is a far cry from the 20,000+ people who inhabited the town between 1870 and 1880 (it’s ‘gold rush’ years).

The town of Gulgong was home to Henry Lawson for a short time during his child years, while his father worked as a miner. It is referenced in many of his fictions; and justly, Gulgong has a museum dedicated to Lawson's life and literary works.

Other attractions of the town include; the Prince of Wales Opera House – a music hall turned theatre where famous artists such as Roger Woodward and James Morrison have appeared, Gulgong Pioneers Museum – which, since opening in 1964 has showcased the living style of the towns’ pioneers and the Historic and heritage buildings that line the winding streets of Gulgong.

Gulgong is also home to the "Henry Lawson Heritage Festival" held on the long weekend in June each year.


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