The Ophir gold find, by John Lister and William Tom in 1851 was Australia's first and gave the early settlement of Orange a firm foundation.
Unfortunately 10 months after the Ophir strike, it dried up leaving Ophir today as a reserve only.
It is a historic reminder of the days of the gold rush. A great family activity trying your hand and luck at panning for gold or you can take a tour through "Gunnadoo", a genuine working goldmine.
Located in a beautiful, peaceful gorge where the Summer Hill and Lewis Ponds Creeks converge there is a picnic and camping ground where you can camp for the night on the banks of Summer Hill Creek. Steel picnic tables, barbecue facilities and a toilet block are available.
There are multiple walking trails and 4WD Tracks for those who would like to explore the old workings and tunnels and you can do a little trout fishing as well..