Last week I was on an adventure to the farm at Gulgong. Not having been remotely on a farm before I was curious to see how it would be. My first stop was in the town of Gulgong which was only a few minutes drive from the farm. Gulgong is noted primarily of late to be on the old Australian $10 note. Now we have new notes its not so famous with younger members of our society.
Originally it came to be because of the gold rush era in Australia in the 1800’s. It is on the central tablelands of NSW. Gulgong means deep watering hole by the original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri people. At first glance it hasn’t changed that much. A large number of its stores on the main street have remained very much the same and it would not be hard to imagine (with a dirt road instead of tar) how it looked way back then. There are still hitching posts along its street. The main street is so small, with cars parked either side, that only one way is available to drive up or down the street at any one time, with everyone else waiting patiently for their turn. This old world charm adds to its appeal as a tourist destination. Only a short car ride away is Mudgee which is renowned as a wine growing area. Its a win-win situation!
It was also the home of one of Australia’s most famous poets – Henry Lawson – for a short time as a boy.
These days it is prosperous once again because of mining in the area, not gold this time but coal which is mined near here and attracts mining staff and their families to the area.