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.
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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.
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