Arts, culture and heritage in Hill End
In 1851, gold was discovered at Hill End, and by 1872, at the height of the great gold rush, the town was the largest inland settlement in NSW. With its museum displays and many preserved buildings, Hill End offers fascinating insight into the 19th-century gold rush.
One of Australia's oldest inland settlements, Bathurst in Country NSW is a gateway to former gold rush towns that features colonial buildings and grand old homes built for wealthy graziers.
As the original site of government settlement, Bathurst's historical buildings are rich in history and character. Chifley Home, now a museum and education centre, was once the residence of Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth.
In recent years, this sophisticated city has become synonymous with its annual motor race, the Bathurst 1000. Visit the National Motor Racing Museum, and you can even drive on Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit (when the race is not on, of course!), but the speed limit is a mere 60 km/h.
Neighbouring towns, such as Sofala and Hill End, which boomed during the gold rush, feature the remains of 1800s architecture and rusting agricultural equipment. To the south, the Abercrombie Caves form one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in Australia.
Sunday 1 March to Sunday 31 May 2015
Autumn Colours Program The Bathurst region is renowned for
Fly into Bathurst Airport
Bathurst Airport is located 7 km from Bathurst’s town centre. Make the short trip west to the city using the local coach operator or taxi services available at the terminal. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Bathurst.
Machattie Park, Bathurst. Image Susan Wright
Children looking at exhibit at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. Image Vince Lovecchio
Canola fields, Bathurst district. Image Jeffrey Drewitz
Horse in front of Great Western Store, Hill End. Image Trevor Creighton
Sign for the Royal Hotel, Hill End.
Historic building and church in Hill End
This historic Royal Hotel in Hill End.
Sofala town and countryside. Image Hamilton Lund
- Bathurst Bathurst showcases superb 1800s architecture and heritage buildings from its illustrious gold-rush past.
- Hill End At Hill End, ruins, remnants of gold fever and two historic cemeteries speak volumes about the town's rich p
- Sofala Sofala is Australia's oldest gold-rush town. Gold was still Sofala's primary industry right up to the 1940s.