Hill End Pines Cottage

Hill End Historic Site

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Overview

Hill End Pines Cottage offers cosy accommodation in this historic gold rush town between Bathurst and Mudgee. Enjoy peaceful seclusion just a stone’s throw from the art and culture of Hill End Historic Site.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 3609 Hill End Road, Hill End, NSW, 2850 - in Hill End Historic Site
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
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Please note
  • Check in from 2pm, check out by 10am.
  • Hill End General Store and Café is in the main centre of the village. You can get a pub meal at the Royal Hotel.
  • You can also stay at Hosies, Post Office Residence or Village campground.
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History buffs will love this authentic 1800s wattle-and-daub cottage, nestled among pine trees. Tastefully renovated, Hill End Pines Cottage is the perfect country getaway for small families or small groups who want peace and privacy—with an easy stroll into town.

The cottage’s 2 wood-burning heaters make it a wonderful winter escape. Bask in a fire’s warm glow as you curl up with your favourite book in the sitting room or enjoy a winter feast in the dining room.

Spend your days discovering Hill End’s historic stores, art galleries, studios and churches. It’s just a short hop to the start of Village walking track for your own self-guided tour.

Autumn brings a riot of red and orange along Hill End’s tree-line avenues, but delightful English cottage-style gardens make this colourful town a feast for the eyes in any season. If you’re feeling energetic, try Bald Hill and Golden Gully walking tracks. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Royal Hotel for a bistro meal or a pint, before returning to your peaceful cottage retreat.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Hill End Pines Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Hill End Pines Cottage is in Hill End Historic Site.

To get there from Bathurst (allow 1.5hrs):

  • Turn off the Great Western highway onto Gilmour Street at Kelso.
  • Follow Sofala Road for around 45km.
  • At Sofala, turn left onto Hill End Road and continue for around 37.5km to Hill End Historic Site.
  • Hill End Pines Cottage is located on the left-hand side on the corner of Hill End Road and High Street.

To get there from Mudgee (allow 1.25hrs):

  • Head north, towards Gulgong on the Castlereagh Highway.
  • Turn left onto Hill End Road and continue for around 69km to Hill End Historic Site.
  • Take a sharp right toward Bathurst and continue along Hill End Road for 1km.
  • Hill End Pines Cottage is located on the right-hand side on the corner of Hill End Road and High Street.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

There’s plenty of parking space available at the cottage.

Facilities

  • Bedding configuration: 1 bedroom with 1 queen bed; 1 bedroom with 2 single beds.
  • All bed linen, pillows, and towels are provided.
  • There are no ensuite bathrooms. The external bathroom has 1 bath with shower, and 1 flush toilet.
  • The guest kitchen includes a fridge, electric stovetop, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle. Crockery, glassware and cutlery are provided.
  • There are 2 wood-burning heaters, 1 in the dining room and 1 in the sitting room. Firewood is provided.
  • The sitting room has a TV. Access to the sitting room is external through the rear verandah.
  • Hill End Pines Cottage has 2 verandahs with a gas barbecue and outdoor seating.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

7 piece outdoor table

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Hill End Pines Cottage is in Hill End Historic Site. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A past to cherish

Beyers Cottage, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

Artists have long gravitated to picturesque Hill End. Since the Second World War the scarred landscape has drawn artists such as Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley to capture the striking scenery on canvas. The Hill End Artist in Residence Program is run by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and continues this tradition, offering contemporary artists an opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Hill End. Take a walk in the same landscape that has moved so many artists. Please note: Selected works from the program previously on display at the Jean Bellette Gallery in the Visitor’s Centre, will be re-located to a new venue at a date to be advised. 

The gold rush hit nearby Bathurst in 1851 and Hill End, swept up in the frenzy, was settled in 1852. It wasn’t until almost 20 years later, however, that large-scale mining began. After most of the mining population had moved on, it was the Gold Centenary Celebrations in 1951 that were the catalyst for Hill End being recognised for its significant heritage value.

  • Cornish Quartz roasting pits The quartz roasting pits are a short drive from Hill End and are a significant historical remnant of Australia’s earlier mining heritage.
  • Denningtons Cottage Denningtons Cottage is a heritage miner’s cottage built in 1858 in Hill End, and now home to ceramic artist studio.
  • Hill End gold 4WD adventures Hop on board a comfortable 4WD vehicle and enjoy a thrilling journey over rugged 4WD trails as you explore the Hill End and Sofala goldfields region. These excursions with Simmo’s Offroad Tours are a great way discover fascinating gold rush history and heritage. 
  • Hill End Heritage Centre Hill End Heritage Centre's interactive museum displays and historic information are the perfect introduction to any visit to Hill End Historic Site.

Mine for gold

Royal Hotel, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

Ever wondered how gold is separated from the rock it’s found in? Or want to know what a steam boiler or battery stamp’s used for? Hill End is full of places where you can learn all about mining gold. Visit the Colonial Gold Mining Company’s roasting kilns and battery buildings, enjoy a barbeque at the grounds of the Historic Hill End Hospital, check out the impressive collection of carriages and work machinery from the gold rush era housed close by, and don’t forget to book one of the many tours available while you’re there to make the most of your visit.

  • 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.
  • Beaufoy Merlin lookout 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 Heritage Centre Hill End Heritage Centre's interactive museum displays and historic information are the perfect introduction to any visit to Hill End Historic Site.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

Environments in this park

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Exterior of Hill End Pines Cottage. Photo: Brett Kearins/DPIE