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.

Willandra Homestead - Willandra National Park - Hillston

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 - Hillston - Wagga Wagga and Riverina

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.


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  1. Griffith Rotary Market

    Sunday 27 January 2019 to Sunday 01 March 2020 , Griffith

    The Griffith Rotary Market is held every Sunday from 8am to 12 noon. Meet the local growers at this weekly growers market. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, Italian biscuits, jams, relish, olive oil, eggs, honey and much more…

    27 Jan - 01 Mar
  2. Carrathool Races

    Friday 01 March 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Hillston

    The Carrathool Races are the epitome of the 'bush race' meeting. Organised by the Carrathool Jockey Club in the small town of Carrathool, the small community of friendly souls, bursts at the seams with over 2,500 excited race lovers and…

    01 Mar - 03 Mar