Sofala Cottage..a place to think and create


Sofala Cottage is a rammed earth miners cottage – circa 1873. Edged by national parks and backing on to the Turon River this historic cottage is a place where artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Photography can come to develop ideas, create new work or deepen their existing art practice.

International and local travellers who would like to experience a unique part of Australia and its history are welcome to stay at Sofala Cottage. 

Sofala cottage is made from rammed earth, a method of construction used in the area during the 1800s. The walls are extremely thick keeping the interior surprisingly cool during the hot Summer months.   

Sofala is situated in the beautiful Turon valley 40km north of Bathurst on the road to Hill End. Approximately 3 hours drive west of Sydney across the Blue Mountains. It is Australia’s oldest surviving gold town with a rich artistic history. The landscape is scarred by its past yet remains intensely beautiful. Russell Drysdale and Donald Friend visited the town in 1947. On arrival, Friend described Sofala as a ‘lovely crazy old village - perfect’.

Sofala Cottage is run by artist Louisa Antico.  






There is a wonderful view from the front porch of "Nipple Mountain" - a local landmark. The landscape is scattered with the remains of Chinese diggings and there is an old cemetery in the distance. The kangaroos are always present in the landscape and often visit the cottage for a graze or just to rest in the shade of one of the gardens many fruit trees.





Sofala cottage is a traditional miner’s cottage so the rooms are modest in size. The cottage has its own entrance and is self contained. The bedroom has a queen size bed and can accommodate up to two guests. There is a wood fired heater in the kitchen and a split system air conditioner in the bedroom . The eat in kitchen has basic cooking facilities with hot plate, microwave, slow cooker, skillet, bar fridge, cooking utensils and crockery. The bathroom has a claw foot bath and toilet.

Guests will need to bring their own food, supplies and toiletries.

Linen and towels are provided.

*During the cooler months there is a heating charge of $10.00 per night -chopped wood supplied.  

 To enquire about rates and availability for Sofala Cottage please go to the contact page and submit your details or contact Louisa Ph. +61 2 63377510.  Email.  






Sofala Cottage is surrounded by a beautiful garden planted with roses, iris, lavender, wisteria, bulbs and herbs. There are numerous old fruit trees including cherry, apple, peach and plums. A hedge of large hazelnut trees keep the back garden cool in Summer and a variety of  grape vines adorn the verandas. Each season transforms the garden and surrounding landscape, and has its own unique beauty. The bird life is abundant especially when the trees are fruiting during the Summer months. If you are staying at the property when the trees and grape vines are in fruit please pick some for your table.

Sofala Cottage provides the perfect escape from the trappings of modern life. No TV, phone, internet, clocks and limited mobile coverage. Take a walk to the village just 1k down the road, if you need to make a mobile call for better reception. There is also a public phone box in the main street opposite the post office.

Artist - in - Residence

Artists are welcome to stay throughout the year. For further information regarding availability and rates please go to the Contact page and submit your details.

About the Cottage

Sofala Cottage is a traditional miners cottage so the room sizes are modest. For this reason it is more suitable for one artist but can accommodate two. The bedroom has a queen size bed.  

Artists will need to bring their own food, toiletries, art materials/supplies. Linen is provided. 


For artists that wish to create work during their stay there is a 6m x 6m work shed set up as a studio with easels, pin boards and work tables. There is also a large etching press.

* During the cooler months there will be an extra charge of $10.00 per night - wood supplied

Sofala Cottage is a sponser of the Paddington Art Prize.

                                                                           Historic Town of Sofala

Sofala has a wonderful old pub The Royal Hotel, a great restaurant Café Sofala, The Old Gaol Café, Post Office/Souvenir Shop, an old book shop and two museums. The Western Goldfields Museum owned and operated by Mr R A Wigglesworth is a fascinating place to visit. Down the road is Hill End, another historic gold mining town with a rich artistic history. The town of Bathurst is 30min away and to the east is Mudgee, known for its vast vineyards, boutique wineries and restaurants. 

Day trips can comfortably be made to many nature reserves and national parks including Jenolan Caves, Abercrombie Caves and Mount Canobolas near Orange. Other historical towns in the area include Millthorpe, Carcoar and O'Connell.  

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                                                                         SOFALA COTTAGE

                            Sofala Cottage: 113 Upper Turon Road Sofala NSW Australia  2795  Ph: 63377510