The building of this Dam commenced in 1947, and wasn't completed until 1956. The Dam, named after a Prime Minister of Australia name Ben Chifley, is located on the Campbell River, and is a nice area for water sports or that quiet holiday by the water.
It has a picnic area with shelters, BBQ's, a Children's playground with a flying fox, Toilet block and a safe swimming beach.
There are two boat ramps if you have your own boat, or you can hire equipment from the Kiosk.
Fishing is allowed.
There are different types and levels of Cabins, with the Mediterranean cabin (has 3 units) sleeping between 4-9 people.
The Pacific Cabins are fully self-contained with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and kitchen & living
rooms, and they sleep between 16 - 20 people.
You need to bring bed linen, blankets, towels, pillows, food drinks, perhaps extra chairs.
The Cabins are what was used by the Athletes in the Sydney Olympic games in 2000.
Bookings and information on the Cabins is through the Bathurst Visitor information centre at 1 Kendall drive, Bathurst
It looks a nice place for a water sport holiday.
Located on 20mins from Bathurst...Take the Perthville road and follow the signs to the Dam.
We did a round tour from Bathurst to Oberon, had hoped to see “Mayfield Gardens” near Oberon which are one of the best in Australia.
Unfortunately, they were only open on the weekend, so did not get to see them. These gardens are open in October, AND the Admission fee in 2009 was $20.
We did find ROCKLEY, which is another historical village, listed by the National Trust.
It is one of the oldest settlements outside of Bathurst. Copper & Gold were also found in this area, and once again, there are some lovely old buildings. Ben Hall, the bushranger, held up the Bank of New South Wales (b1878)
There is a nice park, which has Public Toilets which is located beside the weir on Pepper's Creek. The water was so clear that I could see quite a few Fish.
The drive to and from Rockley was pretty, altogether this was a scenic & interesting day's outing.
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.
Located in the main street of Historic Rockley, is the Mill, a red brick building that was built in 1864. It is now the town's museum with displays of historic mill machinery, historic clothing, old newspapers with interesting reading ...............
AND old police records for the district
One of Australia's most famous Bushrangers, "BEN HALL" and his gang arrived in Rockley in 1863. In October 1863, Ben Hall and his gang arrived at the home of Harry Keightley. Keightley had little time for bushrangers and a fierce battle broke out in which one of Hall's comrades, Mickey Burke, was killed.
Unfortunately Keightley ran out of ammunition and was captured by Hall who forced Keightley's wife to ride to Bathurst and claim the £500 reward for killing Burke.
OPEN .....11.30am - 4.30pm on Sundays and Public HolidayS.
With a map in hand, these are some of the old buildings I saw in Sofala.
The 1st one is a good example of a slab timber shed.
I still have the brochure, but have had difficulty remembering which goes with which, so have just left the rest unamed, as I may put the wrong description with the photo!
O’CONNELL, is another small town classified by the National Trust.
It was established in the 1820’s as a staging post on the main western road from Sydney to Bathurst.
Desert Ash trees line the street from Bathurst end, commemorating locals who lost their lives in WW1.
There was an old Hotel in the main street and a gorgeous small church that somebody has made as their home.
LOCATION.....On the Bathurst to Oberon road, near Bathurst end.
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
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.
Of all the old gold mining towns in New South Wales Sofala is one of the most interesting and unusual.
Its cousin down the road, Hill End, has much more to offer but you should tarry awhile here and soad up the genuine village atmosphere and an authentic charm that remains from its days as a gold rush town.
It's basically little more than two streets that have no formal construction, no curbing and guttering and yet which can legitimately claim to be 'Australia's oldest surviving gold town'.
Sofala is situated just over 40kms out of Bathurst in the Turon River valley.
If you drive past the museum the road follows a picturesque part of that stream.
Sofala came into existence as a direct result of the goldrush which had been precipitated when Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek on 12 February, 1851. There are many who will tell you that Hargraves was the first but, in point of fact, other discoveries preceded his but they were deliberately kept quiet by those in power at the time. Eventually word got out and by June that year a tent city spread across the valley and both the Royal Hotel and a General Store were built in 1851. By 25 June more than 200 ounces of gold taken from the Turon Valley to be sold in Bathurst.
The rush was extraordinary. When the local landowner realised he would never move the miners off his land he became a butcher and started selling mutton.
A lot of high school students take advantage of the university tour, as it's "Open Day Everyday". But you don't have to be a student to take the tour.
Charles Sturt University - Bathurst is actually quite a lovely campus, with modern buildings set against a country backdrop.
As you can see in the picture I snapped, there are even a few resident kangaroos!
If you're in the area, the campus tour is a great idea for a beautiful quiet stroll!