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Ophir Attractions | NSW

Fourth Crossing picnic area

Grab one of the convenient picnic tables at the tranquil Fourth Crossing picnic area and settle in for a lazy, relaxing lunch. This lovely, wide-open picnic area alongside Summer Hill Creek is well-maintained, and you’ll be surrounded by an interesting variety of plants and animals while you eat, including brittle gum and apple box trees. The creek itself is an excellent fishing spot for trout and other native species. Head out along nearby Historic Water Race walking track to learn more about the area’s gold mining heritage.

Historic Water Race Walking Track

Historic Water Race walking track is a living legacy of Australia’s early and intriguing gold mining history. Intrepid gold miners made the track by hand in the 1860s, and today you can still see how water was captured and directed from Summer Hill Creek down to the mining areas. See the precision of construction; the miners painstakingly hand-cut rocks in order to create accurate contour levels. When you’re not experiencing this gold mining heritage, cool off with a swim, or go fishing in the waterhole at the bottom of nearby The Falls Water Falls. Summer Hill Creek also offers some spectacular scenic views. Because you’ll be starting this track at Fourth Crossing picnic area, you can enjoy a picnic before or after your journey of discovery.

Mullion Range State Conservation Area

Visit Mullion Range State Conservation Area, near Bathurst and Orange, to enjoy birdwatching, bushwalking, scenic lookouts and picnicking in an area rich in gold mining history. Mullion Range State Conservation Area combines striking mountain vistas with peaceful plateaus and dramatic volcanic systems. The landscape makes it a magical spot to tackle a bushwalk, relax over a picnic, gaze up at glorious waterfalls, or indulge in a spot of fishing and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Summer Hill creek. The park is alive with interesting plant and animal life. Among the creatures you might encounter are lots of woodland birds, including colourful native parrots and owls, not to mention gliders, possums, and even platypus along the creek if you’re really lucky. History buffs will enjoy checking out the remnants of the area’s gold mining past; follow Historic Water Race walking track, made by the pioneering gold miners in the 1860s, to discover a small slice of Orange’s gold mining heritage. Or head out along Central Mines trail to The Falls Water Falls for spectacular views and a splash in the rock waterholes at the bottom of the falls, followed by a delicious picnic.