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Go for gold on the South Coast

Streetscapes, Central TilbaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Step back into the gold rush era in the heritage villages of the South Coast.

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Go for gold on
the South Coast

Streetscapes, Central Tilba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Step back into the gold rush era in the heritage villages of the South Coast.

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From hitting the trails at gold rush-era heritage hubs to hunting for treasure in the bush, there’s more than one way to strike holiday gold on the New South Wales South Coast.  

Braidwood’s Heritage Walk 

When gold was discovered near Braidwood, a three-hour drive southwest of Sydney, in the 1850s, this sleepy village was transformed into a hive of gold-fevered activity and construction works to accommodate the rush of prospectors. Today, many of these heritage buildings are remarkably intact: you can discover them on the 6.7km Braidwood Heritage Walk. The whole town has been National Trust-listed and the trail takes in 49 impressive sites, including the stately Albion Hotel and charming workers’ cottages. You’ll also see the Old Maternity Hospital, which was managed by Anne Gardiner — the sister of the Clarke Brothers bushrangers, whose violent thieving sprees ravaged the region in the 1860s. After your walk, grab a bite at the Bushranger Bistro inside the grand 1890s Royal Mail Hotel, which served as a coach staging area during the gold rush.

Montreal Goldfield  

Take a guided treasure hunt through Australia’s only coastal prospecting site at the Montreal Goldfield, just 10km north of Bermagui on the Sapphire Coast, around a five-hour drive from Sydney. Gold was first discovered on the beach in September 1890, sparking a rush of prospectors. Within weeks, a small town with shops, hotels and even a school popped up. Today there are various relics to discover on a guided walk with local volunteers — their tour takes you to the mine shafts, includes divining demonstrations and reveals the intriguing stories of the short-lived boom that uncovered 250kg of gold — all brought to life at the on-site museum. 

Montreal Goldfield, Sapphire Coast CREDIT: Montreal Goldfield

Exploring the Montreal Goldfield, north of Bermagui on the Sapphire Coast.

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Montreal Goldfield, Sapphire Coast CREDIT: Montreal Goldfield

Exploring the Montreal Goldfield, north of Bermagui on the Sapphire Coast.

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Moruya River CREDIT: John Hicks; Eurobodalla Coast Tourism

Moruya River, Eurobodalla, South Coast

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Moruya River CREDIT: John Hicks; Eurobodalla Coast Tourism

Moruya River, Eurobodalla, South Coast

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Tilba District Heritage Areas  

Surrounded by the forested hills of the Eurobodalla region in the shadow of sacred Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), the Tilba District Heritage Areas were first hit by gold fever in 1852 when the precious metal was discovered in Gulaga’s creeks. Today you can hike the old mining routes up the mountain, which is revered by the local Yuin Aboriginal people, for epic views of the coastline. You can also explore the gold rush history of National Trust-classified villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba, which prospered during this transformative era. For a deeper dive, book an interpretative heritage tour with Tilba Talks Heritage Walks.  

Batemans Bay and surrounds  

Around Batemans Bay, around a 1.5-hour drive south of Nowra or four hours from Sydney, gold was first discovered in the 1850s. The precious metal was found across the area near Moruya, Mogo, Bimbimbie and Nelligen on the Clyde River, which served as a port for Braidwood and the Araluen goldfields. At both the Batemans Bay Heritage Museum and the nearby Moruya Museum you’ll find expertly researched and curated artefacts from the area’s golden era, as well as friendly volunteers whose extensive knowledge brings the region’s gold rush stories to life.  

Eurobodalla Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Some of the great experiences on offer in Eurobodalla.

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Eurobodalla Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Some of the great experiences on offer in Eurobodalla.

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Clyde River Bridge, Batemans Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Clyde River Bridge over the scenic Clyde River, Batemans Bay

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Clyde River Bridge, Batemans Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Clyde River Bridge over the scenic Clyde River, Batemans Bay

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