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.
Nature activities around Bathurst
Bathurst is located in the Central Tablelands of NSW, surrounded by former gold-rush towns, and rugged scenery which has inspired many Australian painters, including Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale. Join a fossicking tour and pan for gold in the Turon River in nearby Sofala or Hill End.
Take a tour of Abercrombie Caves to the south, one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in Australia, or a self-guided walk through Arch Cave.
Go for a dune buggy tour of the surrounding scenic countryside or head for Bald Hill Lookout for panoramic views of the countryside. Visit the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, home to Australia's only complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
Enjoy a bushwalk along the Burree Walking Trail where you're sure to be joined by mobs of kangaroos.
Beyers Cottage was built by the pioneering Polish miner Louis Beyers in the 1850s. Beyers was involved in the famous Holtermann Specimen discovery - the largest gold nugget found at the time. He later...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hill-end-historic-site/beyers-cottage/historic-site
Bald Hill lookout is about a 3km drive from the Hill End town centre and a great place to relax and enjoy the sunset. Be prepared for gusty winds as you travel up high to the lookout and view over the...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hill-end-historic-site/bald-hill-lookout/lookout
2km (return) - 2 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
Step back in time as you wander the historic streets of Hill End on Village walking track. Pick up a map from Hill End Visitor Centre and ta...
4km (return) - 2 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
Bald Hill walking track is an easy walk that meanders through open woodlands, past the historic relics of old mine workings. Situated in Hil...
Set in a peaceful valley, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is a spectacular place to visit and a unique opportunity to experience the hidden depths of NSW. Abercrombie Caves boasts the largest n...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/abercrombie-karst-conservation-reserve
Looking to get back to nature, but still want the luxury of a hot shower after a day of adventure? Abercrombie Caves campground is for you.
The first thing you'll notice when you arrive here ...