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.
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.