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Hosies

Hill End Historic Site

Special Offer

Stay 3, pay 2

Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights. Valid for stays between 29 April and 29 November 2019. Excludes NSW school holidays and public holiday weekends. Subject to availability. Book online.


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Overview

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

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Other
Bedrooms 7
Maximum guests 12
Facilities Drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
Please note
  • Check in from 2pm to 6pm. Check out by 10am.
  • Hosies is a 2-storey building with shared accommodation on the top floor. Guest entry is at the back of the building, from Short Street.
  • Camping is also available at Village campground, a short walk from Hosies.
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Once a haberdashery store and residence, Hosies has been sympathetically transformed into Hill End accommodation that will appeal to solo travellers, groups, families and friends. Located in the heart of town, a country getaway at Hosies combines modern comforts with the atmosphere of a bygone era. Choose from 7 comfortable bedrooms with shared facilities. 

During the day, 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 your Hosies accommodation and take advantage of the guest kitchenette and common area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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.

Guest entry is at the back of the building, via Short Street.

You’ll receive 2 PIN codes in your booking confirmation email to access the building. Call 13000 72757 if you don't receive both PIN codes.

Access PIN code

Use your access PIN code to enter the building.

Room PIN code

After entering the building, use your room PIN code to access your room key from the box at the entrance to your room. Please return your room key to the box on check out.

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. Guest entry is at the back of the building, from Short Street.
  • There are no ensuite bedrooms. Guest bathrooms are located downstairs on the guest entry level.
  • There are 2 shared 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 guest entry. It’s equipped with a fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle.
  • 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 + 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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Hill End (0 km)

In 1851, gold was discovered at Hill End, and by 1872, at the height of the great gold rush, the town was the largest inland settlement in NSW. With its museum displays and many preserved buildings, Hill End offers fascinating insight into the 19th-century gold rush.

www.visitnsw.com

Mudgee (75 km)

Set in the Cudgegong River valley in Central West NSW, Mudgee is a charming historic town and a popular destination for wine enthusiasts keen to sample its award-winning reds and whites. From its many wineries and national parks to markets, festivals and activities for the kids, Mudgee has much to offer.

www.visitnsw.com

Bathurst (82 km)

Within a 70-km radius of Bathurst are the spectacular limestone cave systems -Abercrombie and Jenolan caves - which you can explore safely on guided tours.

www.visitnsw.com

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.

  • 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 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

Education resources (1)

Hosie's store. Photo: Debby McGerty