Hill End

Once a booming gold town, Hill End today is a blend of heritage buildings, art, and gold mine relics.

In the 1870s, rich gold discoveries rapidly transformed Hill End from a small rural community into one of the largest inland towns in NSW during that period. 

Since then, the town has become known for being an artistic hub – Brett Whiteley, John Olsen, Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale all found themselves inspired by the village’s historic charm and landscapes in the 60s and 70s. The Hill End Artists In Residence program run by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery keeps the artistic energy alive and well in the town today. 

Located 74km north (just over an hours’ scenic drive) from Bathurst, Hill End makes the perfect day trip for visitors wanting to learn more about Australia’s gold rush or indulge in the beauty of the town’s historic architecture and landscapes. To really experience the village’s charm, stay a few days at some of the boutique accommodation offerings.

Hill End General Store & Cafe

Explore this interpretive museum at your own pace. A great starting point to take in the history through photographs, artefacts and an interactive demonstration of life on the goldfields.

History Hill Museum

Browse over 10,000 fascinating gold rush era artefacts, and 175 metres of restored underground mine. Or try your luck with gold panning on a guided tour.

Gold Panning

Head to Tambaroora Creek, 10 minutes' drive north of Hill end village. This area is designated for public fossicking. Try gold panning for yourself, or learn the tricks of the trade with a local guide.

Camping at Hill End

Hill End Historic Site is preserved by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. You can camp at either the Village Campground or Glendora Campground. Normal park rules apply.

Hill End Heritage Centre

Explore this interpretive museum at your own pace. A great starting point to take in the history through photographs, artefacts and an interactive demonstration of life on the goldfields.

The End Festival

A folk festival in beautiful Autumn featuring local music and food, talks from influential residents, heritage building tours, heritage trades displays and market stalls.

The Guesthouse Hill End

A beautifully styled self-contained cottage walking distance from the heart of Hill End with its own cozy log fire to defrost in front of during the chilly Winter months.

Golden Gully

Erosion and old gold mines have caused many interesting features along this easy walk. Look out for The Arch!

Hill End Estate

A cafe open weekends serving sweet treats, traditional Devonshire tea, and delicious home made pies.

The Royal Hotel Hill End

Hill End was once home to 28 pubs. The Royal Hotel is the only one still standing. Enjoy a drink in the leafy beer garden.

Heritage Buildings Open Day

Each Spring, the doors to Hill End's heritage buildings are open to the public, including exclusive access to buildings that are not normally open, with guided tours to delve deeper into their history.

National Parks Accommodation

Stay in heritage at one of 5 restored buldings in Hill End all maintained by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, each with their own unique stories, catering from large groups to couples.