Adelong Gold Mill Ruins

Visit Adelong Gold Mill Ruins

My friends and I were on a road trip to see the Sugar Pine forest when we accidentally stumbled upon the Adelong Gold Mill Ruins. And honestly, every time I see ruins in Australia I am excited as we see so much less of them.

For fun big things to see on the way, read 11 big things to see in NSW.

What is Adelong Gold Mill Ruins?

The Adelong Gold Mill Ruins is a heritage-listed site in New South Wales (NSW). It is in the Tumut region and is one of the must-visits while visiting the Snowy Mountains. The ruins are situated 1.5 kilometres from Adelong and 20 kilometres from Tumut. It is in a picturesque gorge on the Adelong Creek.

Adelong Gold Mill Ruins

One fun fact is that the total amount of gold won in the Adelong between the period 1850s and 1916s is estimated to be 9000 kilograms.

Due to the distance from Sydney, visiting Adelong town and the ruins needs at least 3 days. Visiting Adelong Gold Mill Ruins can also be merged with a road trip to the Sugar Pine Walk. The best time to visit is during the spring (between September and November) and autumn (between March and May) season as they are not too hot or too cold.

Tumut & Adelong

Tumut is a town in the Riverina region of NSW. The town is situated on the Timut River and is known for the fly fishing. It is around 406 kilometres from Sydney.

Adelong is a small town in the Riverina region and is on the Adelong Creek. The town provides great significance in the history of the Gold Rush period. It is believed that gold can be found even now in the creeks.

Adelong Gold Mill Ruins

Both towns Tumut and Adelong are gateway to the Snowy Mountains.

Gold Rush period

NSW state is the first to have experienced the gold rush in Australia. A period between 1851 and 1880 where numerous particles of gold were found in the rivers and creeks. This led to gold rush where people started flocking into the state trying to find gold.

How to get there?

  • Driving – The Adelong gold mill ruins are around 410 kilometres from Sydney and takes around 4 hours 30 minutes to reach by car.
    • There are toll roads along the way.
    • There are plenty of unmarked parking at the ruins.
  • Address: Adelong Falls Road, Adelong NSW 2729.
  • Phone number: 0269477025.
  • Public transportation – One needs to take a train and then a bus to reach Adelong town.
    • There are trains (Southern NSW train line) between the Central station in Sydney and Cootamundra station.
      • The train journey is around 5 hours.
    • And then one needs to change the train and take a bus at Cootamudra station for Adelong bus stop.
      • The bus journey is around 1 hour 40 minutes.
    • The total journey to reach Adelong bus stop is around 9 hours.
    • The Adelong Gold Mill Ruins site is around 1.7 kilometres from the Adelong bus stop.

Adelong Gold Mill Ruins Site

One can walk around the ruins, even though there is a viewing platform from the hill to see the panoramic views of the ruins. To get to the bottom near the ruins, there are steps and a path from the car park or the viewing platform. The path is a bit steep. 

  • The site is free to visit.

Note: There are also self-guided tours with brochures available at Tumut Visitor Centre.


Safety for solo female travelers

Adelong Gold Mill Ruins is safe to visit and is absolutely safe for solo female travelers. However, I would suggest visiting this place with a friend or another person as it can get very isolated and there are usually very less people at the ruins. Also, be cautious and know your surroundings, especially at nights.

Closing Notes

I loved visiting the Adelong Gold Mill Ruins and exploring the site. It is a historical landmark and a hidden gem in New South Wales (NSW) and I would recommend visiting it if you are going to the Snowy Mountains.

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