Special Offer

Glendora campground

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

Glendora campground is close to the centre of Hill End and has modern facilities. The camping here is ideal for large groups and the wildlife is a treat.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • A minimum nightly rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants.
Please note
  • Check in after 12pm, check out before 12pm.
  • This campground is suitable for group bookings. A maximum of 2 powered sites or 10 occupants in unmarked sites can be booked in 1 customer name.
  • The campground is about 1km from Hill End Historic Site.
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The centre of Hill End is just nearby but Glendora campground feels a million miles away from everything. Enjoy breakfast in the company of kangaroos to a soundtrack of galahs and king parrots singing from the trees.

There’s camping to suit everyone, with a few different sections to choose from, including a special area reserved just for groups, as well as sites for caravans and motorhomes. There are excellent picnic facilities and plenty of cover under pavilions just in case the weather turns from sunshine to rain.

After you’ve worked up an appetite learning about days gone by at Hill End’s historic sites, why not gather around the fire ring for a cook-up on the hotplate, followed by some spooky stories?

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/campgrounds/glendora-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Glendora campground.

Getting there and parking

  • Glendora campground is located 1km northwest of Hill End centre on the way to Bald Hill lookout.
  • To get there from Beyer's Avenue, turn onto Lees Lane.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available next to your vehicle in the campground. 1 vehicle is permitted per campsite.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Hill End Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

With sunny, dry days and crisp evenings, it's a great time of year for a camping holiday at Hill End – head to the Village campground or the larger Glendora campground. You could even sign up as a campground host.

Spring

Flowers are at their best this time of the year - enjoy cherry blossoms and blooms in the historic cottage gardens.

Winter

The winter light is renowned among artists and photographers - you may even get some shots of snow .

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

40.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 15°C

Lowest recorded

-8.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April and May

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

108.7mm

Facilities

  • Powered sites are marked and are suitable for caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents. They're about 10m wide and 10m long.
  • Unpowered sites are unmarked and are suitable for tents and trailers only.
  • Powered sites have a fire ring and water tap. You must have a booking for a powered site to camp in this area.
  • Rubbish bins are available and are located at the amenities block next to the Dump-Ezy.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Electric barbecue is housed in the shelter shed.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Drinking water

Drinking water taps are available in the amenities block. Powered sites have their own drinking water tap.

Showers

$1 coin for 5 minutes of hot water.

  • Hot showers

Electric power

  • Powered sites have their own power source.
  • There are power points located in the bathrooms and laundry which can be used for charging phones and appliances.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

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).

There are signal boosters for Telstra located in the campground amenities block. There are also signal boosters in the Village campground amenities block and at Hill End Heritage Centre, 1km from the campground. There's a public phone at the Hill End Post Office, 1.5km from the campground.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

  • This area is 1.5km from the centre of the village. Camping is on a sloping hillside, but some sites are suitable for wheelchairs.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible shelter shed and other modern amenities.
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet and shower are available for a $1 coin use fee

Prohibited

Amplified music is not permitted.

Generators

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Bathurst (43 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

Hill End (1 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

Orange (40 km)

The bustling city of Orange, with its many cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities, has something for everyone, plus there's a huge range of places to stay. The real highlight is the town's food and wine, so bring your thirst and your appetite.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Glendora campground 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)

Arial view of Glendora campground with Hill End Historic Site in the distance. Photo: John Spencer/OEH