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.