Enjoy the country charm and fine heritage in and around riverside Hillston, northwest of Griffith and on the Kidman Way, a touring route. Visit the beautiful Willandra National Park, home to the Willandra Homestead where you can enjoy a barbecue and a picnic.
On the banks of the Lachlan River, Hillston is a small country town in the beautiful Riverina region. With its rural charm, heritage buildings and diverse agriculture, Hillston is a great base for exploring the Willandra National Park, home to kangaroos, emus, birds and a fine wool heritage
You’ll find convenient accommodation options in the town, northwest of Griffith. You can fly from Sydney to Griffith City Airport and rent a car for the 75 minutes’ drive to Hillston. On your way to Hillston, stop at Merriwagga for the Memorial to Pioneer Women and the Black Stump Hotel.
Many food crops are produced around Hillston, including oranges, cherries, potatoes, almonds, walnuts and wheat. In Hillston, enjoy picnics in parks and amble along the main street for heritage buildings, boutiques, the Red Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery and a classic country pub.
For picnic and barbecue supplies, visit Milne’s Butchery and stock up on their delicious smoked meats and choose from a succulent range of red meat and poultry. There are barbecue facilities at Lions Park and nearby Lake Woorabinda, a popular spot for water sports, walking and picnicking.
Willandra National Park is great for cycling, walking and birdwatching. There are barbecue facilities in picnic areas and campgrounds. Only 64 km northwest of Hillston, the park contains remnants of the area’s pastoral history - the Willandra shearing precinct and the Willandra Homestead of Big Willandra, a pastoral station. The station is mentioned in the bush ballad, Flash Jack from Gundagai.