Beginning as a ‘tent town’ gold mining settlement in 1852 and growing to have 8 hotels (not all legitimate), a police station/lock-up and post office, Windeyer was once NSW’s largest gold mining community. Nestled in a beautiful valley 40km south west of Mudgee, Windeyer is steeped in history. Gold was discovered in 1851 and during that era it was common for fossickers to yield up to 4 ounces of gold per pan. The heritage listed 1911 Windeyer Hotel still operates, as does a caravan park where you can hire gold panning equipment. Some of the world’s best superfine wool comes from the district and in the early 1980’s one grazier’s bale was at auction to the highest price ever secured in Australia at the time. For more information on the history of Windeyer please visit www.windeyerhotel.com.au or www.bushlandstouristpark.com.au.