A 19th-century gold rush town, the  name "Gulgong" is derived from the word used by the traditional inhabitants, the Wiradjuri, for "deep waterhole".

Just a 20-minute drive from the trains, much of the 19th-century character of the heritage listed town remains, contributing to its appeal as a tourist destination. 

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The Prince of Wales Opera House, the oldest continually operating opera house in Australia is a survivor with a rich history.

The award-winning Gulgong Pioneer Museum has a huge collection of thematically-displayed exhibits, ranging from kitchen utensils to complete buildings that have been relocated to a "street" on the site. Gulgong is home to the UNESCO-listed Holtermann Collection.  Comprising some 3,500 glass plate negatives, this hugely significant collection depicts life in Australia’s cities, towns and villages during the second half of the nineteenth century.  Comprising some 350 images, the Gulgong photos taken in 1872, show in minute detail what made Gulgong different to many of the other Australian goldfields.