Aboriginal bushranger Jimmy Governor worked as a police tracker at Cassilis just prior to taking up a job at Breelong (see entry on Gilgandra) where he started a three-month rampage which resulted in the murder of ten people.His story served as the basis of Thomas Keneally's novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith which was made into a film. Tourist Information Merriwa Information Centre, tel: (02) 6548 2607.The track then proceeds on to the sandy riverbank and through a hollowed arch rock.A sign indicates a left turn back to the honeycombed cliff face which you follow to the end.Walk through the ferny glade then you will pass by a large rock to the right.To the left there are rock orchids and ferns on the cliff face.
Hands on the Rock 10 km south-west of Cassilis, the Ulan/Mudgee Rd heads south off the Golden Highway.
It leads to overhanging rocks where there are Aboriginal hand stencils dating back hundreds of years.
The Drip If you continue south on the road to Ulan for another 2.3 km, just before you reach the Goulburn River, there is a signposted turnoff to the left which leads to a car park.
In pre-colonial days the Wanaruah people occupied the district.
It is known that the Wanaruah had trade and ceremonial links with the Kamilaroi people who may also have occupied the area.
Cassilis Small village north of Mudgee Cassilis is a pleasant little village of a hundred people which is located just off the Golden Highway on the Munmurra River.