Historic Water Race walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 2.6km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Ostini Firetrail, Ophir

  • End: Ostini Firetrail, Ophir

  • Location: Mullion Range State Conservation Area

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  • Distance from CBD: 268 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.16355333

  • Longitude: 149.1835867

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Historic Water Race walking track is a 2.6km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Mullion Range State Conservation Area, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Historic Water Race walking track is a living legacy of Australia's early and intriguing gold mining history. Intrepid gold miners made the track by hand in the 1860s, and today you can still see how water was captured and directed from Summer Hill Creek down to the mining areas. See the precision of construction; the miners painstakingly hand-cut rocks in order to create accurate contour levels.
When you're not experiencing this gold mining heritage, cool off with a swim, or go fishing in the waterhole at the bottom of nearby The Falls Water Falls. Summer Hill Creek also offers some spectacular scenic views. Because you'll be starting this track at Fourth Crossing picnic area, you can enjoy a picnic before or after your journey of discovery.

About the region

Mullion Range State Conservation Area in the Country NSW region
Mullion Range State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Getting there

Historic Water Race walking track is in the Fourth Crossing precinct of Mullion Range State Conservation Area. To get there, travel north-east from Orange along Ophir Road for 19km to Fourth Crossing picnic area. Parking Parking is available nearby at Fourth Crossing picnic area.


It's a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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