Set amongst steep escarpments of red and russet rock that tower over waterfalls, creeks and traces of gold rush days past, the Ophir and Mullion Creek NSW region is rich in history and natural beauty.
Ophir is an important site which has changed the course of history in Australia in the 19th century. Little remains of the site where more than 2000 miners dug for their fortunes, but this is the place where the first payable gold was found and gold rushes began.
Characterised by craggy stone ridges dipping down into the winding Summer Hill Creek, the setting at Fouth Crossing picnic area could be lifted straight from a traditional Australian bush painting. Flanked by brittle gums and apple box trees, it is a great base from which to explore the abandoned gold mine tunnels or try your hand at gold panning. Others can simply enjoy the beauty of the area with a BBQ or picnic or by camping along the riverbank.
The nearby Falls Waterfalls offers expansive views of the cascading water flowing down over two levels. At the bottom visitors can cool off in a tranquil swimming hole or fish for trout and other native species.
The small community of residents in Mullion Creek enjoy a relaxed country lifestyle with the facilities of Orange only ten minutes away.