Hill End

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. To really experience the village’s charm, stay a few days at some of the boutique accommodation offerings.

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.

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.

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 with the locals in the front bar, or relax in the family friendly bistro or beer garden.

The Guesthouse Hill End

A beautifully styled self-contained cottage walking distance from the heart of Hill End.

The End Festival

A folk festival in beautiful Autumn. Music, talks from influential residents, heritage trades and market stalls.

Gold Panning

Head to Tambaroora Creek, the National Parks' designated fossicking area, to try your luck at gold panning.

History Hill Museum

Browse over 10,000 gold rush era artefacts, an underground mine and try gold panning.