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Historic Hill End Tour

Originally settled in the 1850’s, Hill End was a gold town from the beginning.

But it was a gold strike, in the early hours of 19th October 1872 that put this little Australian town on the map. The world’s largest gold nugget (specimen) was found in the Star of Hope mine. Weighing in at 286kg, the Beyers-Holtermann nugget produced over 80kg of pure gold and created a gold rush never before seen.

Arriving in Hill End, we visit the History Hill Museum. You’ll hear from the owner himself; Malcolm Drinkwater in his welcome chat; see the actual tip off the Holtermann nugget and marvel over hundreds of rare gold related artefacts. Visiting this museum will take you back in time. You will never forget the quirky Malcolm Drinkwater and his lifetime collection that is History Hill Museum.

Lunch is at leisure in Hill End (we can arrange a group lunch for 10 or more) followed by an afternoon of wandering around the old town. Enjoy a counter lunch and beer in the Royal Hotel (built 1872), or a coffee and sandwich in the General store. You can relax in the bus for a tour of the town including a visit to a beautiful lookout to see where the world’s largest nugget was actually found.

Tour Highlights

  • History Hill Museum
  • The Royal Hotel
  • Hill End Heritage Centre
  • The old town walk
  • Merlins Lookout
  • Cornish Roasting Pots
  • Wildlife and historical facts around the town


Morning tea, entry to History Hill Museum



Where does the tour start?

We meet at the Bathurst Visitors Information Centre or from your accommodation by prior arrangement

How long is the tour?

Depart 9am
Return 4pm

Got a Question? Contact us

PHONE: 1300 728 321
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