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Ophir Reserve

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Address: 29 km north-east of Orange, Orange, New South Wales, Australia

The site of Australia's first important gold discovery has working gold...

The site of Australia's first important gold discovery has working gold mine.

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We used to camp here about 30 years ago and recently went back for memories. Nothing has changed except the weir used to be closed and the river cascaded over the top so we could... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue H
Sydney, Aust
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Sydney, Aust
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366 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used to camp here about 30 years ago and recently went back for memories. Nothing has changed except the weir used to be closed and the river cascaded over the top so we could shower under it. Now it is open and there doesn't seem to be much river flow. A good place to camp still if you enjoy... More 

Thank Sue H
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Place isn't too special. It's a pretty place to go for a walk the mines are probably a total of 40m few snakes around especially in the summer. Worse part is your not suppose to swim there although has never stopped us.

Thank Matthew M
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

After a first impression where we were annoyed at getting 3/4 down to the main entrance with our van only to see the no caravan sign and having to travel over 20km back to town, when we got down there the next day, the place is awesome, lots of history, natural beauty and space. Advice to place the no van... More 

Thank Helen E
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

A bit difficult to find. We were looking for the waterfall but couldn't find it. Pass by a lake (or river?), the scenery was great. Gravel road all the way, definitely need a 4WD and not to go on rainy day.

Thank Ernest Y
Parramatta, Australia
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We made our way out here to see the monument for the first gold discovery and we're so glad we did! Unfortunately our exploring was a bit short-lived as the recent rains had flooded the crossing, but we found a picturesque picnic and camping spot that's well worth the visit. Took a lot of photos and wished we'd brought our... More 

1 Thank EliseR_87
Orange, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

tucked away in the Ophir Gorge is the rocky river with rapids and slow moving deep pools, surrounded by rock faces and littered with old mine shafts. beautiful walks along the river or into the bush where gold mining occurred over 150 years ago. pretty cool cemetery nearby and if its hot, not a bad place for a dip.

Thank Karl V
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

old tunnels to and lots of trails to go on. I love Ophir reserve. Get in touch with local wildlife, wander along the river or explore the old goldfields. a touch of history and free to visit. I have camped there many times too.

Thank crocteaser
Orange, Australia
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42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

a Sunday drive to see whats in the area. nice picnic and camping spot. Part of the drive is on gravel road and well maintained. Nice spot for families

Thank Hannibal611
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We loved the reserve as we are keen photographers and artists. The birds and water fowl add additional interest and amusement. It obviously is a great haunt for campers too over Easter as the area has a lot to offer in the way of fishing, walking, swimming and fossicking. This reserve is very pretty. If contemplating a stay, bring your... More 

1 Thank ChrisHF9019AT
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161 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Packed some wood (bought at local service station) and scavenged some kindling in a park in Orange. Lit a fire boiled a billy and cooked damper in a camp oven. Glorious weather encouraged the kids to swim in the waterhole. We were joined by a flock of geese! Lovely drive to and from - water level a bit low in... More 

1 Thank belgaicas

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