I'm a resident of the northern suburbs of Adelaide, keen to share interesting ideas for weekend activities, especially but not exclusively, north of Gepps Cross.
Published August 11th 2013
There's gold in them hills
I am interested in the history of the northern area of Adelaide, and I love spending a spare afternoon discovering intriguing stories of the past. Yesterday I did just that, by exploring the Barossa Goldfields Walking Trails in Cockatoo Valley - just an hours drive from the Adelaide CBD.
The Barossa Goldfields Walks consist of three circuit trails which all start from Bowden Cottage on Goldfields Road, Cockatoo Valley. The three circuit trails range from one hour to two and a half hours, allowing time to read the interpretive signs. The trails are well maintained and clearly marked and aren't too taxing!
Gold was discovered in the area in 1868. Within a few weeks 4000 people had rushed to the site. Life was hard for the miners and their families, with deep shafts being dug by hand by men while women cooked, cleaned and looked after children in tents and shanties. It is estimated that about 3000 kgs of gold was removed from the ground during the Barossa Gold Rush.
One of Many Shafts
The Barossa Goldfields Historical Society hold an annual Open Day at Bowden Cottage. Visitors are able to participate in activities like panning for gold on the day. See their website for more details.