Heritage around Hillston

Make a detour to nearby Merriwagga to visit the Memorial to Pioneer Women, a sculpture by Ron Clarke that commemorates the tragic death of Barbara Blain, the wife of a bullock driver in 1886; the monument recognises the hardships and contributions of all pioneer women in the district.

  • Peach grove, Riverina
  • Willandra National Park

About Hillston

Offering old-world charm and a relaxed country town atmosphere, Hillston sits on the northern edge of the Griffith area, close to the border of Country NSW and Outback NSW. It's located on the banks of the Lachlan River, the only river in NSW with wetlands along its entire length. This makes it a great area for bird-watching so be sure to pack your binoculars. Banjo Paterson also mentions the river in his poem Clancy of the Overflow.

The town borders Hillston State Forest and is 70 km from the World Heritage-listed Willandra Lakes region.

Water from a large artesian basin irrigates many food crops in Hillston, including oranges, cherries, mangoes and olives. Be sure to stop in as you drive past some of these fruit farms to buy some tasty local produce. Get back to nature by camping, bushwalking and fishing.

To find out more about Hillston, stop by the Visitor Information Centre, which is also home to the Red Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery.

Fly into Griffith Airport

Griffith Airport is located 5 km from Griffith’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates daily flights to and from Sydney, and Par Avion offers flights to and from Melbourne three times a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney and Melbourne to travel into Griffith.


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