Wentworth Main Mine

Visit this historic mining site, take a walking tour around the site and see the relics of past mining heritage and continue with tour of Lucknow historic village.

The Lucknow goldfield was discovered in 1851, soon after Australia’s first payable gold was found at nearby Ophir. The Wentworth Main Mine, located on the eastern side of the village, played a significant role in the prosperity of the village in both the 1890s and 1930s mining booms.

The entire mining area was situated on land initially owned by William Charles Wentworth; the gold field was known as the Wentworth Field until the name Lucknow was adopted in 1863. It is said the name ‘Lucknow’ derived from good prosperity the town offered i.e. luck now.

The Wentworth Main Mine tells the story of goldmining in the Central West, from its early stages in the 1850s, through three stages, until its closure in the 1950s. It has been estimated that the fields yielded around 14,000 kg of gold in all.

One hundred and sixty years on, the landscape around Lucknow is still dominated by its gold mining heritage. Poppet heads, mine buildings, mullock heaps & bluestone dam walls are still plainly visible in & around the village. Lucknow, near Orange, which was worked extensively from 1862 to 1867, yielding 504 474 oz to 1923.

The entrance to Wentworth Main mine in 1935, with the office and pay office on the left and the equipment store on the right. Photo courtesy Nita Wasson

Visit Wentworth Main Mine

Wentworth Mine will be open the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from 10.00 am – 2.30 pm

School Visits

Find out how you can visit Wentworth Main Mine with your students here.

Admission
Entry is $2.00 per adult children, students and pensioners – free.

Entry to the site includes the opportunity the meet a Blacksmith at work in the 1930s workshop.

Download the site map and walking tour here

After your visit to the Mine site why not taking a tour of the historic town of Lucknow. Download the walking tour here.

Getting there
Wentworth Main mine is located cnr of the Mitchell Highway and Emu Swamp Road at the eastern end of Lucknow village.

Safety
To ensure the safety of our visitors at Wentworth main mine we ask that you obey all signs and instructions.

  • Visitors must stay within the designated pathways
  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • Visitors must not climb or touch equipment
  • Visitors are to report all incidents
  • The use of illicit drugs is prohibited
  • Beware of reptiles
  • The removal of objects or artifacts from this site is prohibited

It is also recommended to wear closed-in shoes, bring along a hat, sunscreen and water

Please Note: The site requires a medium level of fitness: 300m round trip with approximately 30 steps, you will walk on a gravel surface. Allow 1 hour for a site visit.

Travelling from interstate
Lucknow is a small village located 9 km south-east of Orange on the Mitchell Highway and 250 km north-west of Sydney.

Centre facilities
Public toilets are located near the winding engine (10) and pay office (1).

Parking
Parking is available for cars and buses on Emu Swamp Road

Bookings
Group and bus bookings available on request, contact 026393 8170 or email museum@orange.nsw.gov.au

Wheelchair access
A person with a disability may access the site by either the top gate (you need to contact staff) or the bottom gate.

If you have a disability and require assistance during your visit, please contact 026393 8170 to arrange assistance.