Royal Hotel

Hill End Historic Site

Overview

Transport yourself back to the gold rush era at the historic Royal Hotel, where you can stop for a drink or bite to eat in the bistro or beer garden, after exploring the abundant heritage at Hill End Historic Site.

Type
Cafes and kiosks
Where
Hill End Historic Site
Opening times

Open 7 days a week.

In its heyday, Hill End had enough thirsty residents to service a whopping 28 pubs. Now, the Royal Hotel is the only remaining public house in town, offering drinks and dining in it's licensed bar, or the family-friendly dining room or outdoor garden bistro.

Shoot some pool, check out the memorabilia from days of old, relax by the wood fire in winter, or refuel before discovering the heritage attractions and gold mining relics on a self-guided or guided tour.

Built in 1872, this two-storey, privately-run business has seen extensive restoration works, but the charm of the gold rush era remains.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

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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/things-to-do/cafes-and-kiosks/royal-hotel/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Royal Hotel.

Getting there and parking

The Royal Hotel is in the centre of town in Hill End Historic Site. To get there:

From Bathurst (allow 1.5hrs)

  • Turn off the Great Western highway onto Gilmour St 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

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Several parking spots are available on Beyers Avenue, in front of the Royal Hotel or General Store.

Facilities

The Royal Hotel features a dining room, outdoor bistro area and beer garden, bar, pool table, wood fire, telephone and toilet facilities.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Cafe/kiosk

Carpark

Drinking water

Public phone

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).

Permitted

The Royal Hotel is a family-friendly environment and children can enjoy themselves in all parts of the hotel except the main bar, which is restricted to 18 years and over.

Prohibited

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Royal Hotel 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)

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