This little village is easy to walk, and if you have picked up the “WALKING SOFALA TOUR” you will be able to enjoy it more.
The only place that was doing plenty of business when we visited, was the Royal Hotel that was established in 1862. It’s a typical early goldfield’s Hotel. The Hotel does have accommodation available.
In this same street were some lovely old weatherboard Cottages, the Post Office, which was built in 1879. Hyland’s Hotel was interesting, it is now a private residence.
There are 18 buildings listed on the pamphlet, dating back to 1860.
Located 45kms north of Bathurst, via Peel & Wattle Flat
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The Gaol, located on a hill overlooking Bathurst, has magnificent sandstone gates which were hand carved from Sandstone quarried at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.
The Gaol cost 120,000 pounds, when it was built in 1888. This was a huge amount of money for that time!
There were riots here in 1974, and “hangings” also have taken place. The 1st hanging was believed to be in 1830, when the Ribbon Gang (group of convicts) were finally caught by the Troopers, tried and hung in November, 1830. Their uprising is called the Bathurst rebellion.
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'BATHURST SHEEP & CATTLE DROME " & "BATHURST MIGRANT CAMP"
We followed the scenic drive to these places, but did not go into the Sheep & cattle drome.
Passing through pretty fields of bright yellow, we arrived at the Migrant Camp.
All that is here is memorials and some old guns. I don't know what i expected, but it was more than this!
The Bathurst Migrant Camp site had been an ex Army Camp. Basically the accommodation was in the ex-army style, i.e., unlined and unheated iron sheds and timber barracks which were freezing in winter and hot in summer.
This camp was used because there was an overall housing shortage and, therefore, very little other accommodation for the migrants. Many of the barracks were in very poor condition and needed constant repair.
For single people, narrow iron beds set out in dormitory style made up their quarters whilst the married quarters were partitioned off into separate sections. Either way there was no privacy.
Bathurst Migrant Camp, was only for transient stops before migrants were resettled elsewhere.
At the time of its closure in 1952, the camp housed the usual communal kitchen, school and ablution blocks and was considered to be self-contained township and separate from the wider Bathurst community.
However, the ex-army camp had been kitted out to house only 1,500 soldiers so, with the migrant influx, there was the inevitable overcrowding and a tent city was quickly erected. From its initial beginnings in 1948, till its closure, Bathurst Migrant Centre housed up to 100,000 people with 8,000 being the most at any one time.
Upon arriving in Sydney migrants were quickly put on a train to Kelso Railway Station and were taken by bus to the Migrant Camp.
There are no buildings left to see, just the notice telling you about the camp.
Having never been a car racing fan, it was with reluctance that I agreed to join my partner Steve on an invitation by Orrcon Racing to attend the Bathurst 1000.
Sooo glad I did! I absolutely loved it. Mind you, we were treated like gold by the terrific team at Orrcon Steel.
We spent our time in the Sponsor's Box (right above the pits). As it happens, I know Larry Perkins from when I sat with him at a dinner when he visited Perth for the races at Barbagello Raceway, so I got to catch up with him whilst in Bathurst.
Larry Perkins is a terrific guy. A real Aussie bloke. You can just tell he's a nice guy by looking at his face.
Larry invited us into his pit and showed Steve and I the computers and how the show runs. It was great, very exciting.
Larry Perkins as you may or may not know is Holden. Orrcon support Mark Larkham who is Ford. You can look up either of them on the internet and receive newsletters if you like.
One of the wonderful things that the Orrcon team did for us was give us all a ride in a helicopter to view Mount Panorama from the air.
A great experience and a totally different perspective on the track.