Hill End Historic Site NPWS

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Overview

Explore heritage buildings and mine relics and discover colonial life during the gold rush at Hill End Historic Site. Explore the town on a self-guided tour starting at the Hill End Heritage Centre, where you’ll find streetscapes and buildings little changed since the village’s 1870s goldmining heyday.

Description

Explore the town on a self-guided tour starting at the Hill End Heritage Centre, where you’ll find streetscapes and buildings little changed since the village’s 1870s goldmining heyday. Join a tour of impressive Craigmoor House for an intriguing peek into the past, try your luck gold panning at the Fossicking Ground, and experience the subterranean world of a colonial goldminer on a guided tour of Bald Hill Tourist Mine. Spend a couple of days uncovering the layers of history at this remarkable site, home to a thriving community and artists’ retreat. You can camp at one of two campgrounds, or stay in self-contained heritage accommodation in town. Step back in time to the gold rush with a stay at the beautifully renovated 1870s Post Office Residence and Stables, Hosies, Northeys, Pines Cottage or Sydney Hotel Cottage. Soak up the grand colonial style whilst enjoying modern comforts and exploring the fascinating Hill End village with its strong connection to gold mining heritage and the arts. Once a haberdashery store and residence, Hosies has been sympathetically transformed into Hill End accommodation for groups of up to 12 people. The Post Office Residence combines grand colonial style with modern convenience; while The Stables provides a truly unique place to stay and is fully self contained with its own entry, kitchen and living room. Enjoy a peaceful night's rest in 1 of 4 attractively decorated bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 guests. History buffs will love the authentic Hill End Pines Cottage, an1800s wattle-and-daub cottage nestled among pine trees. Tastefully renovated, this is the perfect country getaway for small families or small groups who want peace and privacy—with an easy stroll into town. Northeys is a one-bedroom apartment in the most iconic building in Hill End; while Sydney Hotel Cottage is a 2-bedroom cottage that was once the town's hotel. Nature lovers can discover cottage-style gardens in summer, autumn colours along historic avenues of elm, oak, Monterey pine and London plane trees. You may even spot a wallaby or kangaroo wandering around the village. As the sun goes down, head to Bald Hill, Beaufoy Merlins or Split Rock lookout for that perfect sunset snap. Then stop at the Royal Hotel for a pint with the locals.

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