Hill End - Cities, Towns and Localities
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
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
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
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
Hill End Berry Farm
• Lot 24 Beyers Ave, HILL END NSW 2850 • Ph: 02 6337 8116 •
• 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
|Hill End General Store
and Mine Café
• Beyers Ave HILL END NSW 2850
• Ph: 02 6337 8399 •
Mobile: 0419 501
• 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
• Surf the wave of Australian history at History Hill.
Hosies Store-(Gifts /Collectables/ Lollies)
• Clarke St HILL END NSW 2850
• Ph: 02 6337 8290 •
• A delightful step back in time to a treasure trove of Gifts, Country Wares
Collectables and Old Fashion Lollies.
• 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.