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Fairfax House

Hill End Historic Site

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Enjoy a quiet escape at the heritage Fairfax House in Hill End Historic Site. Surrounded by trees on the edge of the village, you’ll feel worlds away as you discover the charms of this gold rush town between Bathurst and Mudgee.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type House
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power, kitchen, plates and cutlery, pots and pans, heating, tv, washing machine, fan
What to bring Hairdryer, food supplies
Please note
  • Check in 2pm, check out 10am.
  • There are open mine shafts in the area surrounding the house. Please take care when outside the fenced area of the property and supervise children at all times.
  • There is limited mobile coverage in this area. Please make note of the booking directions and the access code before you leave home.
  • You can buy basic groceries and café food from Hill End General Store and Café on Clarke Street in the centre of the village.

Nestled among trees at the edge of Hill End, Fairfax House is the perfect place for a secluded country getaway with an historic twist. Built in the 1870s, it retains some of its original structures. During your stay, see if you can spot the unique fencing and illuminated peep holes that give you a glimpse of the building’s original materials.

Ideal for families, couples or a small group of friends, the house has ample yard space for the kids to run around. As they play, they may be lucky enough to see some of the local wildlife including eastern grey kangaroos, red neck wallabies, echidnas and wombats. Please supervise children at all times as there are old mine shafts on the outskirts of the property, some of which are unfenced.

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to explore the area. Discover the world of the colonial goldminers on a guided tour of Bald Hill tourist mine or see historic relics along nearby Bald Hill walking track. Towards the heart of town, you’ll find heritage churches, galleries and stores, all steeped in gold rush history.

After a day spent sightseeing, draw a hot bath and unwind in the external bathroom. Or simply relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the serenity of this secluded retreat.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • Bald Hill walking track, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Bald Hill walking track

    Discover the historic heritage of Hill End on Bald Hill walking track. With great birdwatching, native animals and wildflowers, this easy walk has something for everyone.

  • Bald Hill tourist mine, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    Bald Hill tourist mine

    Experience the underground world of a goldminer at Bald Hill tourist mine. A short walk or drive from Hill End, this guided tour is ideal for families and school groups.

  • Denningtons cottage, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: Debby McGerty/OEH

    Denningtons Cottage

    Denningtons Cottage is a heritage miner’s cottage built in 1858 in Hill End, and now home to ceramic artist studio.

  • Interior arch stained glass windows and arch doorway at Sacred Heart Church in Hill End Historic Site. Photo: Jennifer Leahy © DPE

    Sacred Heart Church

    Located on the high side of Hill End Historic Site, Sacred Heart Church offers a rare glimpse into Australia’s past. Hold your wedding ceremony or exhibition at this unique venue, overlooking the historic village and surrounding countryside.


Strike creative gold at Hill End

Hill End is not your run-of-the-mill gold rush town. A small village full of original Victorian buildings, it's also home to a thriving community of artists, artisans, poets and painters.

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


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