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Gulgong is an historic gold mining town in the Mudgee wine region.

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Gulgong is located just over 4 hrs (300 km) north-west of Sydney and only 33 km (30 min drive) north of Mudgee.

The town’s heritage is on display with about 130 heritage-listed colonial buildings.

How to get there

The nearest airport is at Mudgee, 30 min drive south of Gilgandra, daily flights to Sydney with FlyPelican are available.


Gulgong has a population of just over 2500 people, the median age of residents is 41 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 8% of the population.

Gulgong is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Gulgong Multi Purpose Service is a small public hospital with less than 50 beds. that provides emergency services, acute and sub-acute medical inpatient services, and low and high care residential aged care services.

The larger Mudgee Health Service is 30 min from Gulgong. It has general wards, an accident and emergency department, a maternity ward and a theatre with one operating room and one endoscopy room.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Gulgong staffed by full time paramedics and volunteers.

Accredited GP practices

  • Gulgong Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing people living in the Mid-Western Regional Council area are: coal mining, beef cattle farming, primary education, retail and aged care residential services.
  • Education

There are three schools in Gulgong, two primary schools and one high school:
  • Childcare

There are two pre-school and child care centres in Gulgong.  
  • Shopping

Gulgong has Coles and IGA supermarkets and specialty shops including newsagent, butcher, hardware and bakery. Nearby Mudgee provides a larger selection of shops including Woolworths and Aldi, Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and numerous boutique retail stores.
  • Places of worship

There are three places of worship in Gulgong – Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican churches. There are additional places of worship in nearby Mudgee including, Baptist and Uniting churches. The nearest mosque is in Dubbo about 75 min away by car.
  • Points of interest

Gulgong’s Prince of Wales Opera House is the oldest operating opera house in the Southern Hemisphere. Potters and artists, are attracted to Gulgong due to the world-famous clays that occur around the town. Gulgong is also famed for its Henry Lawson Festival in honour of the Australian writer and bush poet.
  • Sporting activities

Sporting clubs in Gulgong include netball, rugby league, touch football, fishing, yoga, cricket and soccer.
  • Community groups and activities

Mid-Western Regional Council provides a community directory including community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events. Whats on Gulgong lists activities in Gulgong.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Gulgong. A good place to start are the Facebook pages Gulgong Community Group and Mid-Western Regional Council.