VISIT SOFALA from BATHURST
A nice day trip from Bathurst is to Sofala, pronounced So-far-lah.
This is “AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST SURVIVING GOLD TOWN.” At this time, thousands of people called Sofala home.
This town dates back to the beginning of the Gold rush in 1851. Located in a valley, whichever way you enter, you have nice views of this little village. We came down the hill from Ilford, this was the nicer way of entering the village. I thought it gave the best views.
The streets are narrow, the surviving buildings are old, it’s like stepping back in time!
Pick up a “Self-Drive” tour of Sofala brochure from the Bathurst Information centre before leaving on your drive.
Located 45kms north of Bathurst, via Peel & Wattle Flat.
CHURCHES OF ROCKLEY
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (1870) and St Peter's Anglican Church (1867) were designed by a Mr. Edward Gell, the architect who designed the beautiful gates of the Bathurst Gaol.
St Patrick's is typically High Victorian Gothic style made out of local rubblestone with a slate roof, a rather pretty Church.....and........
St Peter's has decorative brickwork and an iron roof and a slate steeple.
BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 15
“BATHURST SHOWGROUNDS” & “WOOLSTONE”
Some of the Showground’s buildings are on the National Trust classification.
The showground’s hold many events, with a regular one being the Bathurst Trots. In April, the Royal Bathurst Show is held.
The old historic home of “WOOLSTONE” can be seen a little further on from the Showgrounds.
In 1840, Thomas Kite built a small cottage, then 50 years later, his son built this magnificent two storey building over the Cottages.
LOCATION The Showgrounds are located opposite the information centre, on the Great Western highway, and Woolstone can be seen clearly from the highway, just over the Macquarie river, as you are approaching Kelso.
NATIONAL MOTOR RACING MUSEUM & MEMORIAL
The Museum is located at the entrance to the Motor racing circuit of Mt. Panorama, so you can't miss it.
We did not go inside, but stopped to have a look at the Peter Brock memorial which is outside.
He won Bathurst nine times out of 30 starts, and was known as ' THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN"
On 8 September 2006, he died in a tragic race car accident.
Many messages were left on the walls of the track, this became a very dangerous situation as there are no footpaths, so the proposed design for the memorial statue was of a life-sized Peter Brock holding the James Hardie trophy, whilst standing on top of his 1984 Holden VK Commodore was built. It was in this car he won the race in 1984, claiming his 7th Bathurst 1000 victory.
I have the brochure, and it says there are racing cars & bikes on display, and a unique collection of memorabilia. It also says, that if you are looking to re-live past Australian motor racing experiences then this museum is a must. There is a shop where you can buy merchandise and souvenirs at all different price levels.
OPEN DAILY 9 - 4.30pm
ADMISSION in 2009 ......$9 adults