Historic buildings in Hill End.

Nuggets of bold

The history of Hill End has a cast of artists, writers, conmen and desperados, writes Margaret Smith.

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Superpit Kalgoorlie mine truck

The pits, and we love it

The resources boom is driving the economy and now tourists are chasing a slice of the action, writes Sue Williams.

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Hidden fortunes

Ben Stubbs goes fossicking in a town once consumed by the gold rush.

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Hill End Post Office

Hill End - Places to See

Hill End
Fascinating and significant goldmining town
Hill End is a well-preserved goldmining ghost town which is now an important historic site and a major tourist attraction, drawing about 35 000 visitors annually. Surrounded by some rugged mountain and gorge country, it is 870 m above sea-level and 275 km north-west of Sydney (via Turondale). The roads were carved out in the 19th century and are still largely unsealed. Access is either via Mudgee (66 km) or Bathurst. There are three approaches from Bathurst - via Sofala (78 km), Turondale (69 km) or along the old bridle track (57 km). The latter is a scenic route which follows the Macquarie and Turon Rivers. It is unsuitable for caravans and coaches and should not be attempted when wet.

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Hill End - Fast Facts

Hill End
Fascinating and significant goldmining town
Hill End is a well-preserved goldmining ghost town which is now an important historic site and a major tourist attraction, drawing about 35 000 visitors annually. Surrounded by some rugged mountain and gorge country, it is 870 m above sea-level and 275 km north-west of Sydney (via Turondale). The roads were carved out in the 19th century and are still largely unsealed. Access is either via Mudgee (66 km) or Bathurst. There are three approaches from Bathurst - via Sofala (78 km), Turondale (69 km) or along the old bridle track (57 km). The latter is a scenic route which follows the Macquarie and Turon Rivers. It is unsuitable for caravans and coaches and should not be attempted when wet.

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Hill End - Eat

Hill End
Fascinating and significant goldmining town
Hill End is a well-preserved goldmining ghost town which is now an important historic site and a major tourist attraction, drawing about 35 000 visitors annually. Surrounded by some rugged mountain and gorge country, it is 870 m above sea-level and 275 km north-west of Sydney (via Turondale). The roads were carved out in the 19th century and are still largely unsealed. Access is either via Mudgee (66 km) or Bathurst. There are three approaches from Bathurst - via Sofala (78 km), Turondale (69 km) or along the old bridle track (57 km). The latter is a scenic route which follows the Macquarie and Turon Rivers. It is unsuitable for caravans and coaches and should not be attempted when wet.

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