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 metres 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.
Hill End has two camping grounds (fees apply). The Village Camping Area has powered van sites. The Glendora Camping Area, 1 km north-west of the town centre, has a modern amenities block. Accommodation is also available at the Hill End Holiday Ranch and the Royal Hotel. South of town there are some fine picnic spots on the Turon River.