A goldmine of experiences; strike it rich!
When you visit Hill End remember that you are now on “Hill End time”. It is a historic site but it is also a living, breathing village, not a theme park. Sometimes the shops are not open as the owners have other matters to attend to. Go with the flow, you can pretty well be sure that the Royal Hotel and the National Parks & Wildlife Service Visitors Centre will be open so ask at either of these places if you need assistance.
National Parks and Wildlife Service have prepared a comprehensive list of historic sites to visit on their website.
History Hill, a locally privately owned museum is well worth a visit and the website will give you plenty of information about the area before you arrive. Check the opening hours or ring 02 6337 8222 to confirm that it will be open when you arrive and be prepared to spend a few hours here as the collection is vast.
Hill End Arts Council now runs Open Days in the village twice a year. This is a rare chance to view ten unique buildings in the town, from humble miners’ cottages and old churches to the historic Court House. Local guides are available to answer your questions about each location. Check out the Events page on our website for upcoming dates.
Gold panning: – Alluvial gold has been found in the area from 1851. Try your hand at gold panning and contact Ted Abbott on 02 6337 8251 to arrange a special tour at a very reasonable price. He has all the equipment needed and will share his skills and experience with you. The children are almost guaranteed to take a little bit of Hill End history home with them.
If you yearn to know what 19th century underground mining was really like, then a visit to the Bald Hill Mine is a must. Tours can be booked through Hill End Ranch or Northey’s Store in the village or contact: Gaye and Jim Shanahan on 0407187275 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Taste the Past – Experience Hill End’s past lifestyle, filling your mind with history and let the Cook thrill your taste buds. Visit the sights, immerse yourself in the culture of past generations, sampling foods recreated from recipes of a bygone time. Tours can also be planned to suit your individual needs and interests. Check out the tours and then contact Karen for more information
If just visiting the region and you are following the footsteps of the early goldminers, then relive the nostalgia on the Gold Trail. A 28-page guide to these Gold Trails provides visitors with a map and general guide to the history and attractions of the region. It is available free from Visitor Centres in NSW. The Trail covers Goulburn, Upper Lachlan, Yass, Adelong, Harden, Boorowa, Young, Grenfell, Forbes and Bathurst. You can download a copy here.
Just travelling through with a theme in mind? Then check out the Merlin and Bayliss Pub Trail. Whilst you are busy following up the family history, your partner can be kept occupied with planning the next stop on this historic jaunt through the Western Goldfields. The results may just be “liquid gold” at some of the wineries along the way.
For more ideas check out the Mudgee Tourism site.