Sofala Tourism, Australia

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Sofala is a village in New South Wales, Australia, 255 kilometres (158 mi) north-west of Sydney, within Bathurst Regional Council. It is located beside the Turon River. Sofala is just off the Bathurst-Ilford Road, with only local traffic through the town itself. At the 2006 census, Sofala had a population of 208. Sofala came about as a direct result of the gold rush which had been spurred on when Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek on 12 February 1851. By June of that year, thousands of people had set up mining operations in the valley, and both the Royal Hotel and a general store were built in 1851 to handle the increased demand. Initially, gold was found in the area known as Gold Point on the Turon River. When the alluvial gold ran out, mining turned to quartz reef mining. The town was a centre of opposition of the gold licensing system in New South Wales at the time. A considerable proportion of the miners were Chinese. Sofala Public School was established in 1878. There was an Anglican church and a Catholic convent. Attractions today include the gold-rush-era Sofala Royal Hotel and the old gaol. Small-scale gold workings are still active in the town. Sofala has been reported to be the oldest surviving gold-rush town in Australia. There are still gold prospectors who pass the time using metal detectors, gold pans, and sluice boxes to recover small quantities of gold dust. Russell Drysdale's painting Sofala, a depiction of the main street of the town, won the Wynne Prize for 1947. The 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris was filmed in the town. Village scenes in the 1994 John Duigan film Sirens were also filmed in Sofala. A noted business is Finglinna Studios, which supplies stained glass to churches and other public buildings.

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Find crucial information and trip planning details about Sofala, which is a city in Australia. Sofala is located at a short trip away from Sydney a major city in Australia. Sydney, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, The Rocks. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Sofala.

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Facts and Stats for Sofala*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sofala

    Know the pollution level of Sofala before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Sofala: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sofala for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sofala.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Sofala - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 100 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 25.29 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 97.22 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

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