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Beaufoy Merlin lookout

Hill End Historic Site


Beaufoy Merlin lookout offers spectacular views and an excellent vantage point to see the true scale of former mining activities. It’s also great for photography.

Hill End Historic Site
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching.

Also known as 'Merlin’s lookout', Beaufoy Merlin lookout is a great spot to look out over the area once known as "the richest quarter mile in the world". It’s only a short drive from town or an easy walk along the road if you add it to your Hill End village tour or Bald Hill walking track.

Overlooking Hawkins Hill, it’s an excellent vantage point to take in the true scale of mining that took place here. A display shows how it may have looked during the mining heyday to spark your imagination.

The views are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset when the sky is filled with vibrant colours. On winter mornings, you’ll often see fog blanketing the valley, creating outstanding photography opportunities. But any time of day, it’s a peaceful spot for a quiet cuppa or a picnic with beautiful views across Turon Valley.

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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Beaufoy Merlin lookout, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer