The Peak Hill Open Cut Experience
Peak Hill is a peaceful country town with a rich mining history. It's free to visit Peak Hill Open Cut Experience to view the mine over five open cuts, historic mine workings and old mining equipment. Opening times vary depending on the season.
Established after the discovery of gold in 1889, Peak Hill subsequently became a sheep and wheat farming area. Goldmining resumed from 1996 to 2002 in an open cut mine, which sits on a hill overlooking the town. Today, you can try your hand at panning for gold at Peak Hill Goldmine.
Wander around the town's historic buildings, including the impressive district hospital on Caswell Street, built in 1904. Take time to visit the town's art, craft and antique stores located along the main street or go for a hike in nearby Goobang National Park.
Peak Hill's inexpensive accommodation options make it a perfect budget-friendly stopover and an affordable destination in itself. If your holiday has an outdoor focus, the greater Parkes area has a wonderful array of natural attractions and heritage locations.
If your explorations will take you farther afield, there's a vast selection of destinations in the wider Country NSW region. Check out the many tours on offer, or simply jump in the car and go where your heart takes you!
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Fly into Parkes Airport
Parkes Airport is located 5 km from the Parkes’ town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip east. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express services the airport with around 18 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Parkes.
Peak Hill welcome sign. Image Parkes Shire Council
Aerial of the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience. Image Parkes Shire Council
Children looking at fossils at the Big Fish Fossil Hut. Image Parkes Shire Council