Great Western Store

Great Western Store is a highlight of any visit to Hill End. The rare photography collection on display offers a fascinating snapshot of life during the mining boom.

Step inside this original building and get a glimpse of what it would have been like during the heyday of the gold rush era.

Imagine the daily chatter of miners looking for their fortune as they visit one of the few shops to be found along this section of Tambaroora Road. In its heyday, bullock teams travelling between Mudgee and Turon River packed the streets, and the sound of whips cracking as bullocks moved through town would have filled the air.

Great Western Store is home to a display of the 'Holtermann Collection', one of Australia’s most rare and significant photographic collections. These photos provide an incredible historical record and unique window into life during the gold rush times. Take a good look at the shots of the miners and you’ll see the hardship etched on their faces.

Nearby events

  1. Hill End Ghost Tour

    Saturday 30 March 2019 to Saturday 27 July 2019 , Hill End

    There are plenty of ghosts reported in Hill End a true Ghost Town. Join them for a four hour Ghost Tour and you be the Judge. This event is for anyone interested in Ghosts, Hauntings, History or The Supernatural. They will be…

    30 Mar - 27 Jul
  2. The End

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Sunday 14 April 2019 , Hill End

    Come up to The End, where it all begins! The End Festival of arts, culture and heritage is back by popular demand this year. It's on at Hill End Historic Site, near Bathurst and Mudgee. A unique program of arts, culture and heritage at…

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  3. Hill End Interactive Ghost Tour

    Friday 12 April 2019 , Hill End

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