Once a booming gold town, Hill End today is a blend of heritage buildings 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. Or to really experience the village’s charm, stay a few days at some of the boutique accommodation offerings.
Discover the best ways to explore Hill End below.