General Grocer and Produce Store- Hill End by Sarah Donoghue

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In 1851, gold was discovered at Hill End, then known as Bald Hill, and by 1872, at the height of the great gold rush, the town was the largest inland settlement in NSW.

It had a population of 10,000 and boasted a kilometre of colourful shopfronts, including 28 pubs, an opium den and an oyster bar.

Gold mining activity gradually dwindled, until by the 1920s there were just a few hundred miners left to pick over the former diggings.

The town was proclaimed an historic site in 1967, when the National Parks and Wildlife Service began preserving and restoring the buildings on the site.

Why go there
With its museum displays and many preserved buildings, Hill End offers a fascinating insight into the 19th-century gold rush. Visitors also have the opportunity to sift through old mining rubble and perhaps find something of value.

The rugged scenery has inspired many renowned Australian painters, including Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale, who painted some of the finest Australian landscapes of the 20th century.

Visit NSW- Hill End


sarah donoghue, hill end

I’m a nature photographer- I love flowers, mushrooms, waterfalls, oceans, wildlife and more. I also enjoy the grandeur of old churches. I’m always learning and improving my techniques so will have a go at almost anything.

WaWa by Johnah- WaWa stands for Wall and Wearable Art and Johnah is Sarah Donoghue.

Thank you for looking. I hope you enjoy my photography as much as I enjoy taking it.

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  • Mark Ingram
    Mark Ingramover 4 years ago

    Classic looking building, interesting awning.
    I have been through Hill End but never actually stopped. The town is full of mining history by the sounds and worth a longer visit next ttime I am down that way.
    Thanks for sharing

  • It is a great spot for a relaxing stay. There is a nice motel there and the road is now tarred all the way from Bathurst (if you come that way). Also a few cafes- the one just down from this does fantastic gourmet pizzas. Thanks for looking

    – Sarah Donoghue

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