Location

Hill End is 269 km north-west of Sydney via the Great Western Highway and 870 m above sea-level.

Hill End, NSW
Hill End, NSW

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Western Store in Hill End
Western Store in Hill End

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Hill End
A beautifully preserved historic gold mining town.

If you haven’t been to Hill End yet, I would put it on the bucket list. It is one place I keep visiting. 

 

This gorgeous town is a very well-preserved gold mining town. The streets are full of original buildings and remnants of its past life.

 

Places to visit.

The Royal Hotel 

- Be sure to visit the Royal Hotel as it is the only pub in town. You can enjoy a beer or two and enjoy a chat with a few local characters that will fill you in on the local gossip.

- The Hotel also has accommodation so you can stay a night or two and experience what it was in 1872. (It still has it's original stair case and furniture).

Places to eat.

The town has a few café’s for you to enjoy a meal, however if you are in Hill End on the Weekend I highly recommend you visit Hill End Estate Cafe. They make their own pies and amazing desserts. 

Address: 3664 Hill End Rd, Hill End NSW 2850

Website: https://www.hillendestate.com.au

 

Artist and Photographers.

- The town now has many artist that have settled there so you might find a few galleries open.

- Many photographers come to the town to photograph the original buildings. Ken Duncan is well known  for photographing many landmarks.

Accommodation.

There is a variety of places to stay and I think I have stayed in most of these places because I just keep going back, however these are my picks.

 

Royal Hotel, its the oldest and only pub in Hill End NSW. This was a fun place to stay and enjoy the beer garden and Bistro. Lovely clean rooms at great prices but the best part was drinking with the locals and catching up with the local gossip. 

To book give them a call on (02) 6337 8261

-  Hosies,  I absolutely loved staying here and enjoyed a beautiful breakfast in the morning. There are 7 bedrooms in this beautifully-renovated 1870s building. Rooms are beautiful and clean. 

Once a haberdashery store and residence, Hosies has been sympathetically transformed into Hill End accommodation that will appeal to solo travellers, groups, families and friends. Located in the heart of town, a country getaway at Hosies combines modern comforts with the atmosphere of a bygone era. Choose from seven comfortable bedrooms with shared facilities.

For more information click on the link https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/hill-end-historic-site

- Northey, is cosy and perfect if you are on your own or a couple. It has fully equipped kitchen, dining area, queen size bedroom, bathroom, living room, off street parking and private balcony with BBQ and stunning views. A complimentary gourmet breakfast hamper is also provided for your first morning. Wonderfully cosy during the colder months with a gas log fire in your living room and electric blanket on your incredibly comfortable queen size bed. 

For more information about staying at Northey click on the lick https://northeys.business.site

Camping.

Village campground has wonderful facilities and is close to all the heritage attractions of Hill End. 

It’s perfect for campervans and caravan camping.

It has an amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power. 

 

You will need to book so plan and it can be done on line. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/village-campground

 

Other places to visit:

History Hill Museum & Underground Mine

One of the best attractions just out side the Hill End historical site is History Hill. Here you will meet Malcolm Drinkwater who will tell you all about the local history. He is very passionate about Hill End and can answer any question you may have.

Cost: $10.00 per person

For you information on History Hill Click on the link ...https://www.historyhill.com.au

Gold Panning.

I highly recommend everyone try their hand at gold panning. On my last trip I went out to Tambaroora and Jhob Drinkwater was our guide. He was lots of fun and great with kids, he also supplied all the equipment we needed.

His contact details are: Jhob Drinkwater (0421 729 955)

Here is Jhob in action teaching us how to pan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-AfD1MwTVk&t=5s

Here is Jhob teaching us how to dig https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGV6udy1v3o&t=76s

Getting there:

The Historic Site is 66km North for Mudgee and 71km south of Bathurst.

 

Location

Hill End is 269 km north-west of Sydney via the Great Western Highway and 870 m above sea-level.

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Hill End, NSW
Hill End, NSW
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Western Store in Hill End
Western Store in Hill End
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Western Store in Hill End
Western Store in Hill End
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Beyers House in Hill End
Beyers House in Hill End
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Beyers House in Hill End
Beyers House in Hill End
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Chimney at Beyers House Hill End
Chimney at Beyers House Hill End
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Church in Hill End
Church in Hill End
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House in Hill End
House in Hill End
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Gold Panning
Gold Panning

The perfect activity for the whole family.

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Looking for gold.
Looking for gold.
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Gold Panning
Gold Panning
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Learning to gold pan
Learning to gold pan
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Our gold panning teacher/tour guide
Our gold panning teacher/tour guide
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We have GOLD !!!
We have GOLD !!!
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Main Street of Hill End
Main Street of Hill End
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Hosie's Store and Accommodation
Hosie's Store and Accommodation
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Abandoned Catholic Church
Abandoned Catholic Church
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Hosies store and Accommodation
Hosies store and Accommodation
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Breakfast at Hosies
Breakfast at Hosies
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Hill End properly
Hill End properly
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The Gold Nugget.
The Gold Nugget.

The original can now be found in the Australian Museum.

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The Gold Nugget
The Gold Nugget

Visit the big replica gold nugget which was discovered on the 19th October 1872 in the ‘Star of Hope’ mine, on Hawkins Hill. The discoverers were Ludwig Hugo Beyers and Bernhardt Otto Holtermann. The Gross Weight (gold + quartz + slate) was 285 Kg, and the weight of gold was 93.2 Kg (3,000 Troy ounces).

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Front entrance to Son of Hope Mine
Front entrance to Son of Hope Mine
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Entry to Son of Hope mine.
Entry to Son of Hope mine.
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Staircase out of the Son of Hope mine
Staircase out of the Son of Hope mine
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Climbing out of the Son of Hope Mine
Climbing out of the Son of Hope Mine
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Mine at History Hill
Mine at History Hill
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Gold Mine
Gold Mine
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Our local Gold Panner
Our local Gold Panner
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Care takers cottage
Care takers cottage
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