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Rockley Studio

Rockley Studio is located in the historic Village of Rockley, a small rural settlement in the centre of the triangle formed by Bathurst, Oberon and Blayney.

Unlike many of the towns in the Bathurst region, Rockley evolved not as a gold mining town, but rather as a service centre for the burgeoning agricultural areas that surrounded it.

The Village has retained much of its nineteenth century character with many old buildings remaining in fine condition. Of particular interest are the Catholic Church, the Clubhouse Hotel, Buddens Bed & Breakfast (once the Bank of New South Wales) the Mill Museum and many residences. Most of these historic buildings and dwellings were built from bricks manufactured in Rockley itself.

Through the Village flows Peppers Creek a major tributary of the Campbells River. In the main area of Rockley this creek flows into a small weir surrounded by a park with BBQs and children's play equipment.

 

Rockley Village viewed from the hills above

r4ockley panorama

 

Tim Miller began building Rockley Studio, with mud bricks he made on site, during the summer of 1982. Its construction proceeded more or less continuously until 1996, when he decided it was "finished".

 

studio through the trees

Rockley Studio

studio in the snow

Rockley Studio in the snow

The gardens surrounding the Studio, also begun in 1982, are still evolving.

studio rear path

studio garden and cloud

studio garden in spring 

 

The Studio is open at anytime by appointment, offering a range of oils, pastels and other media for sale. Tours are welcome to visit. For enquiries please contact Tim Miller.

Tim conducts an annual workshop program from Rockley Studio and the surrounding grounds and gardens. See the workshop page for details.

 

Other Attractions at Rockley

Nearby attractions are the Jenolan and Abercrombie Caves. There are wineries such as Vale Creek Wines and Bunnamagoo within 15 minutes of the Village.

Within Rockley there is the Clubhouse Hotel country pub and restaurant, Buddens B & B and Cafe, Rockley Antiques, the beautiful park, picnic ground and weir.

A variety of accommodation venues are available in Rockley such as Buddens B & B , the beautifully restored rooms at the Clubhouse Hotel and Tara Farmstay. For further information about accommodation click here.

 

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