Tourist Drives & Trails

Tourist Drives & Trails2019-06-25T10:54:00+10:00

Tourist Drives

Explore the Parkes Shire and beyond with a range of self drive touring experiences including, The Central NSW Discovery Trails, The Modern Mining Trail, The Gold Trails and the Bogan Link Tourist Drive.


The Bogan Way Tourist Drive

Driving on the Newell Highway or looking to head west for an alternative route? Try the Bogan Way.

Head west from Parkes to Bogan Gate and proceed north to explore the towns of Trundle, Tullamore, Albert and Tottenham before linking with the Mitchell Highway at Trangie or Nyngan.

The Bogan Way offers a great route for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the highway and get back to a leisurely way of doing things. These towns have much to offer. Often described as the real NSW, they each offer a tapestry of history, nature and diversity in the peace and quiet of the Heart of NSW.

Unearth Central NSW

Self-discover a region which features a staggering 1130 natural and culturally significant sites.   Travellers can now access itineraries, maps, places to stay, events, interesting facts and booking information from the Visit Central NSW website.

The Gold Trails

Follow the Gold Trails and discover for yourself, the heritage riches underpinning the towns, villages and landscapes of NSW. Here the stories of those who won the gold and those who stole the gold, are brought to life by communities committed to conserving and sharing their heritage.

Parkes was a town that grew up amidst the gold mines that gave birth to it in the 1860s. Today a walk up Bushmans Hill in Parkes allows you to traverse this rich gold country. To the east the ranges of the Goobang National Park define the edges of the field.

To the north Peak Hill was established as a separate goldfield in the 1890s. The historic Peak Hill mine operated between 1893 and 1917 producing about 60,000 ounces from 500,000 tonnes of rock.

Alkane re-excavated for gold on the site between 1996 and 2002 retrieving 145,000 ounces gold from 4.9 million tonnes of rock. While most of the historic operations were consumed by the recent mining activity, some of the old workings have been preserved. The Open Cut Experience includes both the historic works and the more recent mines with several walking paths and viewing platforms having been constructed.

For more information on the Gold Trails, download the PDF below or visit

Modern Mining Trail

Proudly, New South Wales has been a major player in the origin of Australian mining and will continue to carry its legacy for decades to come. The Central West of NSW that is home to some of Australia's greatest mines run by some of the world's big mining players: Newcrest Mining, New Gold, Barrack, Rio Tinto and Sumitomo.

The NSW Modern Mining Trail takes you on a journey to see the world-class gold and copper enterprises where advanced technology and a pursuit of excellence has enabled NSW to be on the world map in mining.

Why not take this unique opportunity to travel through Central NSW on the Modern Mining Trail and explore Australia's mining - past, present and future.

The Modern Mining Trail incorporates Parkes, Bland, Orange and Cobar regions featuring the following modern mines:

  • Northparkes Mines Newcrest's Cadia Valley Operations
  • Peak Gold Mine (Cobar)
  • Peak Hill Open Cut Experience
  • Barrick Cowal Gold Mine
  • Peak Gold Mine (Cobar)
  • Great Cobar Copper Mine

The Modern Mining Trail region is also home to a number of tourism experiences that have linkages to the history of mining and the role that modern mining plays in communities today. Attractions include:

  • Parkes - The Henry Parkes Centre, Bushman's Hill Reserve & The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (The Dish)
  • Peak Hill - Open Cut Gallery & the Big Fish Fossil Hut
  • Orange/Cabonne - Ophire, Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
  • Blayney - The Golden Memories Museum, Millthorpe
  • West Wyalong - Barmedman Mineral Pool, the Poppet Head, West Wyalong Heritage Museum & the Bland Shire Heritage and Gold Tour
  • Cobar - The Great Cobar Heritage Centre, Cobar Miner's Heritage Park and Heritage Walk

To start planning your Modern Mining experience download the PDF below.