There was something to see and do in every corner of Gulgong for the Henry Lawson Heritage Festival over the long weekend.
The streets were filled with visitors and locals exploring the town on the ten dollar note, making their way from Red Hill at one end of town to the Pioneers Museum at the other.
At Red Hill, the new Gulgong Gold Experience was opened, and a steady stream of visitors made their way down the underground tunnel to experience life in gold rush times.
Red Hill was also alive on Sunday with a range of activities coordinated by the Red Hill Environmental Education Centre, allowing young and old to try their hand at gold panning, billy boiling, and damper baking, while enjoying the music of Des Kelly and, if they chose, taking home a free plant for the garden.
The Holtermann Museum committee, which oversees the Gulgong Gold Experience project, intends that the recreated mine will be one stop on a museum tour around town, and the weekend showed this to be a promising notion, with many visitors exploring each of the town’s historical facilities one by one.
The Henry Lawson Centre and the Pioneers Museum were each busy all day with patrons discovering Gulgong’s heritage, while in the future Holtermann Museum, the photographers from Gulgong Public School snapped heritage portraits.
The streets were lined with market stalls offering everything from pre-loved books to leather belts, and the Wellington Pipe Band provided live outdoor entertainment.
As the committee turns its minds now to next year’s 150th anniversary of Henry Lawson’s birth, the successful 2016 weekend sets a solid foundation for 2017’s major celebration.
Watch | Take a tour through Gulgong's newest attraction, the 'Gulgong Gold Experience.' at Red Hill.