Hillston

Hillston is on the banks of the meandering Lachlan River in the beautiful Riverina. Enjoy the rural charm, tranquil parks and heritage buildings in the country town, which is also a great base for exploring the Willandra National Park, home to kangaroos, emus and a fine wool heritage.

You’ll find convenient accommodation options in the town, northwest of Griffith, including riverside caravan and camping sites. Hillston is a two-day road trip from Sydney or Melbourne. Or you can fly from Sydney to Griffith City Airport and rent a car for the 75 minutes’ drive to Hillston.

Sun shines on the historic Willandra Homestead's verandah, near Hillston

The charming town is on the Kidman Way, a scenic route in the heart of NSW between Jerilderie in the south and Bourke in the north. On your way to Hillston from the south, stop at Merriwagga for the Memorial to Pioneer Women and the Black Stump Hotel, billed as having Australia’s tallest bar.

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, cafes, shops, the Red Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery, and two country pubs.

Clouds reflect off a creek in Willandra National Park, near Hillston

For picnic and barbecue supplies, stock up on the butcher’s smoked meats and succulent range of red meat and poultry. There are barbecue facilities at John Fensom Lions Explorer Park, near the Olympic pool and the man-made Lake Woorabinda, a popular spot for water sports and walking.

Another walking trail takes you across the Swing Bridge on the river from Hughie Cameron Park to Desathalon Park. You’ll find more walking and cycling tracks in the Willandra National Park, which is only 64km northwest of Hillston. The park has barbecue facilities in picnic areas and campgrounds.

Willandra contains remnants of the area’s pastoral history — the Willandra shearing precinct and the Willandra Homestead of Big Willandra, a pastoral station mentioned in the bush ballad Flash Jack from Gundagai. The Nilla Yannagalang Billana walking track passes by pastoral heritage.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Rewind in the Vines

    Saturday 23 March 2019 , Griffith

    Rewind in the Vines is a celebration of Australian rock icons and a showcase of the wines that put the Riverina in a global spotlight. This family-friendly festival aims to look back on the soundtracks of the 70s and 80s, set among the…

    23 Mar
  2. Griffith Rotary Market

    Sunday 24 March 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…

    24 Mar - 01 Mar
  3. Griffith Easter Party

    Thursday 18 April 2019 to Monday 22 April 2019 , Griffith

    Festivities and fun in Griffith over the Easter weekend for the whole family. Good Friday - participate in the Bacchus Family Fun Run, at the picturesque Lake Wyangan early Friday morning. Then step back in time at the old style fair…

    18 Apr - 22 Apr