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Only 70 km north-west of Bathurst is this unique 1870s gold rush town. Proclaimed a historic site in 1967, Hill End is one of Australia’s remarkable authentic historical sites, with most of the buildings dating back to the gold rush boom years of 1872. With restoration continuing to be a high priority of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, some of the buildings of significance include: the district hospital, Hosie’s, Holtermann’s, Northey’s and the Great Western Store.

Hill End Post Office

It was 1871 when gold was discovered in Hawkins Hill, just south of Hill End, that the town began to flourish, becoming one of NSW’s largest inland towns. Then, within two years, the boom was over and the town was plunged into depression.

Today, there is much to see and do, with a range of facilities for the visitor including camping grounds, picnic areas, self-guided walking tracks, and a museum and visitor centre.

Source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Check out our listing of Hill End accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Hill End Historic Site Visitors Centre

Hill End Attractions

Bald Hill Mine
• Just west of the town is the restored mine, where you can walk in the footsteps of the early miners. There are regular tours providing an insight into the life of a mine.
Bald Hill Walk
• This track begins opposite the Post Office and leads off across the site of a dam, which serviced the needs of the Pullen and Rawsthorne stamper battery. Erosion of the surrounding hillsides led to the dam silting up and provided the town with its sporting field. There are signs along the track detailing the history. The track is 2 km and will take about an hour to complete. You can also detour down to Kitty's Falls or up to the top of Bald Hill.
Cemetery Walk
• The local cemetery has headstones dating back to the 1870s.
Fossick for Gold
• Metal detector or panning for gold within the historic site is illegal. However, there is a fossicking area just off the Mudgee Road to the north of the town.
Hill End Berry Farm
• Lot 24 Beyers Ave, HILL END NSW 2850 • Ph: 02 6337 8116 • Email
• Hill End Berry Farm shops stocks a variety of berries and fruit depending on the season. Unusual gifts, beauty products, jewellery, jams and honeys. Open weekends.
Hill End General Store and Mine Caf้
• Beyers Ave HILL END NSW 2850 • Ph: 02 6337 8399 • Mobile: 0419 501 430 • Email
• Groceries, BP Fuel & Oil products. Meat, Ice, Ice creams and essential provisions. Great coffee, cakes, biscuits, bread, delicious meals, gold panning tours and visitor information.
History Hill (History Hill Museum & Educational Facility)
• 3458 Bathurst Rd, HILL END NSW 2850
• Ph: 02 6337 8222 • Mobile: 0408 637 227 • Email • Surf the wave of Australian history at History Hill.
Hosies Store-(Gifts /Collectables/ Lollies)
• Clarke St HILL END NSW 2850 • Ph: 02 6337 8290 • Email
• A delightful step back in time to a treasure trove of Gifts, Country Wares and Collectables and Old Fashion Lollies.
Village Walk
• A photographer named Beaufoy Merlin recorded the town’s streets in some detail. The images can be viewed on location today, as you stroll around the town, giving you some perspective of what it was like back then. The Visitor Centre in the old district hospital also has images on display.
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