Sofala is a village located approximately 250 km north-west of Sydney, New South Wales, within Bathurst Regional Council. It is located beside the Turon River.
The Turon River is well renowned because it was the site of one of Australia’s first alluvial gold rushes. Sofala came about as a direct result of the goldrush. Sofala has been reported to be the oldest surviving gold-rush town in Australia. There are still small-time gold prospectors who pass the time using metal detectors, gold pans, and sluice boxes to recover small quantities of gold dust.
I must admit I kept looking at the ground thinking/hoping that I might catch a glint of gold but sadly I didn’t.