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.
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. To the east of Hillston is Billabourie Riverside Tourist Park, ideal for a short break. Get back to nature by camping, bushwalking and fishing.
Monday 2 March to Sunday 29 March 2015
31st Wauchope Lasiandra Festival The first Lasiandra Festival was he
Thursday 5 March to Monday 30 March 2015
Life on Flinders Exhibition of Work An exhibition of works in a variety
Wednesday 25 March to Saturday 28 March 2015
Bravo Figaro! Acclaimed British writer, activist
Emu at Willandra National Park. Image Riverina Tourism
Shearer's quarters at Willandra Homestead, Willandra National Park. Image Office of Environment and Heritage
Peach grove in Autumn near Griffith. Image Trevor Creighton