Welcome to Gulgong
Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best loved poets, lived here for a year as a boy. For decades, Gulgong's townscape, as a backdrop to Lawson's lanky mug, once passed through the hands of millions of oblivious Australians on every $10 note.
The town is just far enough away from the big smoke to have kept mainstream tourism at bay. Today, its narrow, rambling streets feature as many as 130 buildings classified by the National Trust — including the oldest operating opera house in the Southern Hemisphere — that are not so immaculately restored as to have lost their charm.
Rustic and romantic, Gulgong makes a great rat-race escape, even if only for the weekend.