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Great Western Store

Hill End Historic Site


Great Western Store is a highlight of any visit to Hill End. The rare photography collection on display offers a fascinating snapshot of life during the mining boom.

Historic buildings/places
Hill End Historic Site
Opening times

The Great Western Store is open Monday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, but closed on Christmas Day.

What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

Great Western Store is one of the must-see historic sites at Hill End Historic Site. Step inside this original building and get a glimpse of what it would have been like during the heyday of the gold rush era. 

Imagine the daily chatter of miners looking for their fortune as they visit one of the few shops to be found along this section of Tambaroora Road. In its heyday, bullock teams travelling between Mudgee and Turon River packed the streets, and the sound of whips cracking as bullocks moved through town would have filled the air.

Great Western Store is home to a display of the 'Holtermann Collection', one of Australia’s most rare and significant photographic collections. These photos provide an incredible historical record and unique window into life during the gold rush times. Take a good look at the shots of the miners and you’ll see the hardship etched on their faces.

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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Great Western Store, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer.