Historical Hill End 4WD Adventure
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Bathurst, NSW
- Product code: P5QRG6
This adventure takes us to Hill End through some amazing countryside. After leaving Bathurst, we detour along the Bridle track to take in the rugged and beautiful old track that was once the quickest way to Hill End.
Hopeful gold prospectors built and used this track since the 1850's. Today we travel in our luxury 4WD imagining what life would have been like over 160 years ago. With the help of your expert local guide, you'll see the reminants of this hard work; the rock walls, twisting old trails and we stop for morning tea on the banks of the Macquarie River just as the gold prospsectors did so long ao. We re-join the tarred Turondale road to take us to Hill End to explore some more.
Originally settled in the 1850’s, Hill End was a gold town from the beginning.
It is said, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land showed the European settlers the yellow rock on the ground, sparking the interest in gold and the formation of the town originally called Bald Hill.
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 once crushed 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 may be lucky to hear from the owner himself; Malcolm Drinkwater in his welcome chat; see the actual tip off the Beyers-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 followed by an afternoon of wandering around the old town. We go 4WDing to outlying areas of former gold activity.
Relax and enjoy this diverse day of history, hard work and great wealth during the gold boom of the 1870's.
- Travel along the famous Bridle Track and other great off-road tracks in the 4WD.
- Morning tea on the banks of the Macquarie River
- History Hill Museum
- The Royal Hotel
- Hill End Heritage Centre
- The old town walk
- Merlins Lookout and 4WD accessible off road sites of interest
- Cornish Roasting Pots
- Wildlife and historical facts around the town
Lunch, 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? 8am – 4:30pm
Are you a solo traveler? We don't like to see people missing out on a tour so please get in touch and we'll see how we can help. Often we can hook you up with another group, or make special arrangements to ensure you don't miss out.
Got a Question? Contact us tours@BathurstTours.com.au