Prince of Wales & Gulgong History

Located at 97 Mayne Street, the Prince of Wales Hotel (previously known as Dillon’s Hotel) was the second Hotel to be established in Gulgong. It’s humble beginnings as nothing more than a shack began in 1872. Amazing pictures of the original building can be seen at the Holtermann Museum photographic displays just down the road.

Renowned for a place to meet, grab a cold beverage and good food from the very beginning, the pub was once even known as the Council Chambers Hotel, when local council started holding meetings on the premises.

The tradition of being a welcoming meeting place continues today, along with renowned award-winning accommodation, great food and of course cold beer.

The current owners, the Ellis family have proudly grown the pubs reputation since 1976. They enjoy welcoming visitors as much as they do locals and love sharing the history and charm that their pub offers in spades.

History buffs, country pub buffs and people who love a good meal, comfy bed and warm welcome, return to the Prince of Wales time and time again. We know you’ll love it too.

Gulgong History

Prior to European settlement the region was occupied by the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people. A number of historical and traditional sites have and are being developed across the Mudgee region for those keen to learn more about local aboriginal history, including The Drip, Hands on Rock and Dunns Swamp.

In 1821 William Lawson (of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson fame) explored the Gulgong area and in 1822 the sons of William Cox (the man responsible for the road through the Blue Mountains) extended their Mudgee land holdings into the Gulgong area.

The discovery of gold in 1866 saw the gradual growth of the Gulgong goldfields and a subsequent discovery of a rich lode in April 1870 saw a major goldrush.

By 1872 were reputedly 20 000 people in the area. Approximately 15,000 kg of gold was removed from the Gulgong fields between 1870 and 1880.

The Gulgong’s history is abundant and varied, with links to Henry Lawson and other famous authors, beautiful historical churches and well maintained buildings that celebrate the yesteryears and many hours can be spent exploring the streets, museums and local historical sites.

Come and stay for a few nights and immerse yourself in our beautiful town, you won’t be disappointed.