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.
About Hill End
This well-preserved, former Bathurst gold-mining town is set in an isolated valley surrounded by mountains and gorges. The rugged scenery of its Country NSW setting has inspired many renowned Australian painters, including Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale, who painted some of the finest Australian landscapes of the 20th century.
In its heyday in the 1870s, Hill End had a population of 10,000 and boasted a kilometre of colourful shopfronts, including 28 pubs, an opium den and an oyster bar.
Today, the town has changed very little. Silent ruins, remnants of gold fever and two historic cemeteries speak volumes about the town’s rich past. If you’re looking for things to do, take a self-guided tour of the gold-rush streetscape, go underground at the Bald Hill Mine or join a fossicking tour and search for gold among mounds of old mine tailings.