Four NSW Central West councils are gathering to create a mining trail tourism route.
The original proposal, developed by Rio Tinto’s Northparkes underground miner, persuades visitors to see mine sites around Orange, Parkes, West Wyalong and Cobar, according to the ABC.
Tourism managers from the four councils met yesterday to investigate the idea. Katrina Dwyer, Parkes’ tourism manager, explained that there is a growing interest for mining based travel.
"It’s becoming a real topic for people to become interested in," she said.
"Not only just self drive tourists but also school groups. So it’s really good education, looking into the history of mining and the impact it has on the region and also how current mine sites operate and the spin off benefits they have for communities."
The Central West has looked to increase its number of tourists recently, but have labelled the lack of accommodation as a major point in developing the region, and in luring new residents as part of the EvoCities initiative.
Image: Rio Tinto’s Northpakes mine, near Parkes.