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Cornish Quartz roasting pits

Hill End Historic Site

Overview

The quartz roasting pits are a short drive from Hill End and are a significant historical remnant of Australia’s earlier mining heritage.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Hill End Historic Site
Accessibility
Hard
Price
Free

If you’re thinking of taking a day trip from Bathurst, why not step back in time and visit Cornish Quartz roasting pits near Hill End Historic Site town centre? Well worth the effort, here you’ll see the historic remnants of an old mining town up close.

This is a rare treat for Australian history buffs. The quartz roasting pits were established in 1855 and have become a significant insight into our nation’s beginnings and how the gold rush transformed the country.

The roasting pits are an interesting snapshot into quartz mining processes, and you're sure to leave this place with some newfound knowledge of Australia's gold rush history.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Hill End Historic Site in the Country NSW region
  • Hill End Historic Site is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Hill End area office
      (02) 6337 8206
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed 12.30pm-1.30pm). Closed weekends and public holidays.
    • Beyers Avenue, Hill End NSW
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