The main reason for my visit to Peak Hill, halfway between Dubbo and Parkes on the Newell Highway, is the ‘Open Cut Mine Experience’. A couple of minutes from town, the five open cut mines and original gold diggings from the 1890s it became a tourist attraction after it closed down in 2002. The myriad walking tracks, and viewpoints over the mines are free, and tours can be organised for groups of 10 or more. I missed the ‘big fish’ at the Big Fish Fossil Hut as I had more pressing things to do – like eat scones. The Temple Lion Patisserie is under the same business banner, and roof, as the Temple Lion Antiques and Collectibles. It’s in a magnificent heritage building that originally sold farm machinery, and later, where I sit munching scones, was a mechanics workshop – the sloped floor and doors are a giveaway. I settle in next to the fire for surprisingly good sultana scones that even though are a tad salty are fresh and edible. The jam is average but the cream is a let down as it’s super duper light and inconsequential to the overall taste of the Devonshire Tea.
Tea: A selection of Liptons tea bags served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A one-stop antique, collectibles, lolly and cake shop under one heritage roof.
Location: Temple Lions Antiques & Collectables, 96 Caswell St, Peak Hill NSW 2869 Ph: 02 6863 4249
Reviewed July, 2015