Black Gold Motel

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Nestled within the Walls of History: Where incredible industrial heritage meets world-class natural wonders in the Seven Valleys, NSW. Resting inside the historic 1881 Wallerawang School, Black Gold Motel is more than a destination; it’s an experience. We extend an invitation to family-friendly adventurers, corporate travelers, and large groups, to immerse themselves in a fusion of the past and present that creates unforgettable experiences. Complemented by a modern conference facility and proudly acclaimed as the highest-rated restaurant in the Blue Mountains on TripAdvisor, Black Gold ensures a warm welcome and an exceptional journey.

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With so much to explore throughout the Blue Mountains, Seven Valleys & Central Tablelands NSW, one visit won’t be enough. Black Gold is situated in the middle of a long list of underrated tourist attractions. Nature has moved back into abandoned mining sites, while thousands of years of history sit within culturally significant sites such as Maiyingu Marragu, that remains a “bush school” to this day. Explore our Nearby page to learn of the variety of tourist attractions to uncover in our underestimated tourism hub.

Black Gold Motel offers an array of accommodation styles to ensure all travel requirements and more are exceeded.

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Discover a hidden gem at the base of the Blue Mountains & Central West region. Set against a backdrop of captivating history, this revitalized venue, sprawling across 6 acres, seamlessly blends modern comfort with rustic charm, offering a dedicated space for functions and conferences, a family-friendly dining area, and an entertainment haven.

Drawing inspiration from the area’s rich mining heritage, our decor pays homage to this storied past, from the tastefully designed interiors to the thoughtfully chosen names for our hotel rooms and event spaces. The concept of the “crib room,” traditionally a sanctuary for miners during meal breaks, finds new life in The Crib Room Restaurant, providing you with a haven of comfort and nourishment.

Both locals and travelers have embraced The Crib Room Restaurant as their go-to gathering spot, and our consistent #1 Trip Advisor ranking in the Blue Mountains is a testament to the dedication of our talented chefs and the warm hospitality of our attentive staff.

Step inside The Crib Room Restaurant and encounter “Bob” Miller, our beloved coal miner statue, paying tribute to the tireless coal miners from our local district and across the globe, both past and present.

Indulge in classic Australian casual dining with a contemporary twist at The Crib Room, where a diverse array of delectable, wholesome dishes awaits, all served with a personalized touch that ensures a consistently delightful experience.

For those seeking the perfect pre-dinner or post-dinner drinks, the Lamp Room Lounge & Bar next door beckons with its well-stocked selection of local wines, craft beers, and spirits. Gaze out through the expansive windows, where panoramic views of the old school grounds create an inviting atmosphere, welcoming you to unwind and savor the moment, whether it’s the warmth of summer or the coziness of winter. Experience the unmatched charm of Black Gold Motel and create lasting memories in this captivating haven.


For the Cluff family, buying the old Wallerawang School in 1995 was the start of an ever-evolving accommodation facility that pays tribute to the educational institution it once was and the industry on which the town was built – coal mining.

When Robert and Linda Cluff bought the property from the Education Department, the townsfolk scratched their heads wondering what on earth possessed them to do such a thing.

Robert’s mother, Leslie attended the school, as did Robert and his children – Katrina, Derryn and Bradley. Their initial vision was to create a venue to house school students on excursions of local tourist attractions. While this was a good concept, it was only used two days a week, then it would be another two weeks before another group arrived.

It was then known as Black Gold Country Cabins with bunk beds made by Robert, Brad and Derryn in the classrooms. Over the years, the rooms have all been added to, with different layouts offering a boutique-type atmosphere.

With continuous renovations and construction work, it developed into Black Gold Motel. Now simply known as Black Gold, it’s so much more than a motel and restaurant – it’s an experience. 

Home away from home! Brand new room, really comfy bed, beautiful and warm on cold day/night, lovely dinner and beautiful breakfast! Nice sitting in front of fire in lounge. Lovely friendly staff make you feel very welcome.

Steeped in history this motel is just gorgeous. Staff were lovely. Our room was beautifully appointed and very comfortable. Wish we could have stayed longer A great spot to stop if you’re heading to the glowworm tunnel or just breaking up your trip. Food in restaurant also fabulous.

I took a group of guys on a 3 day motorcycle ride to Wang. We planned to stay 2 nights and everyone was happy with the the rooms and the meals in the restaurant. In the end the weather came in and we had to come back to Wang for the night. With little notice, the Black Gold made room for us to return for another night. We will back next time for sure.

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