Hosies

Hill End Historic Site

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Overview

Hosies offers unique group accommodation in a beautifully-renovated 1870s building in Hill End Historic Site between Bathurst and Mudgee. Discover the attractions, history, and walking tracks of this gold rush town from your doorstep.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Other
Where 23 Clarke Street, Hill End, NSW, 2850 - in Hill End Historic Site
Bedrooms 7
Maximum guests 12
Facilities Drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in from 2pm to 6pm. Check out by 10am.
  • Hosies is a 2-storey building with accommodation on the top floor. Entry is at the back of the building, from Short Street.

Once a haberdashery store and residence, Hosies has been sympathetically transformed into Hill End accommodation for groups of up to 12 people.

Located in the heart of town, a country getaway at Hosies combines modern comforts with the atmosphere of a bygone era. During your stay, you'll get to enjoy the building in its entirety, including the lower level with a full kitchen, dining and lounge area.

Visit Hill End Heritage Centre for an insight into the village’s former life as a thriving gold mining town, or book an underground tour of Bald Hill tourist mine. Stroll along Golden Gully walking track, a short drive away, where remnants of old mine shafts and eroded rock formations in the creek bed will ignite your imagination.

Nature lovers can discover cottage-style gardens in summer, and autumn colours along historic avenues of elm, oak, Monterey pine and London plane trees. You may even spot a wallaby or kangaroo wandering around the village.

As the sun goes down, head to Bald Hill, Beaufoy Merlins or Split Rock lookout for that perfect sunset snap. Then stop at the Royal Hotel for a pint with the locals, or head back to Hosies and take advantage of the kitchenette and tea making facilties.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • A couple camping at Village campground, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Village campground

    Village campground offers exceptionally convenient camping with good facilities close to all the heritage attractions of Hill End. It’s perfect for caravan camping.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/hosies/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Hosies.

Getting there and parking

Hosies is centrally-located in Hill End Historic Site. To get there:

From Bathurst (allow 1.5hr)

  • 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

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

After arriving in Hill End, turn right onto Clarke Street past the Heritage Centre. Hosies is the second 2-storey brick building on your left, on the corner of Clarke and Short Street.

Entry is at the back of the building, via Short Street.

You’ll receive a PIN code in your booking confirmation email to access the building. Call 1300 072 757 if you don't receive the PIN code.

Access PIN code

Use your access PIN code to enter the building.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available on the roadside along Clarke Street and Short Street.

Facilities

  • Hosies is a 2-storey building with accommodation on the top floor.
  • There are no ensuite bedrooms. Bathrooms are located downstairs on the entry level.
  • There are 2 bathrooms: 1 with toilet and shower over bath; 1 with shower and toilet. There’s also 1 separate toilet.
  • Bedding configuration: 5 bedrooms with 1 queen bed; 2 bedrooms with 1 king single bed.
  • All bed linen and towels are provided.
  • Each bedroom has a bar fridge, TV, heater and desk.
  • There’s a small kitchenette available for food prep or reheating, located on the ground floor, to the left of the entry. It’s equipped with a fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle.
  • A commercial kitchen is also available for use with a large fridge, oven, cooktop with element and kitchen utensils. Use of the commercial dishwashers, grill and stovetop is prohibited for safety reasons.
  • Coffee and tea making facilities are provided in the small common area upstairs.
  • Ironing boards and irons are available.
  • Please ensure you leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required, or for missing or broken items.
  • Rubbish bins are available in each room, bathrooms and the kitchenette.
  • There's limited mobile phone service, however no WiFi is available. A public pay phone is available in the village at the post office.
  • Hill End General Store and Café is 200m up Clarke Street in the main centre of the village. It provides basic groceries and café service from 9am to 3pm daily.
  • Royal Hotel, opposite the General Store, provides pub meals and refreshments from 12:00pm to 9:00pm daily.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Drinking water

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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

Hosies accommodation is located on the first floor of a heritage building, and is accessed by stairs only.

Permitted

Amplified music is permitted with due consideration to other visitors.

Prohibited

Camping, tents, campervans and extra guests are not permitted on the property. This accommodation is for booked guests only.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Hosies 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.

  • Capertee and Hill End 4WD camping tour Explore the stunning sights of Capertee, the Turon River and Hill End on a 4WD camping adventure with Adrenalin Offroad Centre.
  • 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: Rosie Nicolai

    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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