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Capertee and Hill End 4WD camping tour

Hill End Historic Site

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Overview

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

When

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Where
Hill End Historic Site
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for beginners and unmodified cars. Your experienced guides will assist you through any obstacles and there are also bypasses for obstacles.
Price

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Bookings
Bookings required. Book online or email or call Adrenalin Offroad Centre on 02 4648 2085. Bookings available on request.
Please note
You must have comprehensive vehicle insurance that covers your vehicle for off-road use.
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Join Adrenalin Offroad Centre as they take you on a 4WD tag-along camping tour to Hill End.

You’ll travel through the back of Capertee and along the Turon River, crossing rolling hills and beautiful rivers along the way. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner to 4WDing – your experienced guides will help you navigate the road safely.

Upon arriving at Hill End, you’ll get to try your hand at panning for gold on a guided tour with an experienced local. Pause for morning tea before visiting some of Hill End’s mining sites and stunning lookouts.

As the sun sets, set up camp on the Turon River in Sofala. Your guides will provide a delicious camp dinner for you to enjoy as you sit around the fire.

After a night spent under the stars, you’ll be refreshed and ready to explore the beautiful countryside along historic Bridle track before the tour concludes.

Adrenalin Offoad Centre is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Capertee and Hill End 4WD camping tour.

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Parking

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Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

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Capertee and Hill End 4WD camping tour 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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