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Cornish Quartz roasting pits

Hill End Historic Site

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The quartz roasting pits are a short drive from Hill End and are a significant historical remnant of Australia’s earlier mining heritage.

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If you’re thinking of taking a day trip from Bathurst, why not step back in time and visit Cornish Quartz roasting pits near Hill End Historic Site town centre? Well worth the effort, here you’ll see the historic remnants of an old mining town up close.

This is a rare treat for Australian history buffs. The quartz roasting pits were established in 1855 and have become a significant insight into our nation’s beginnings and how the gold rush transformed the country.

The roasting pits are an interesting snapshot into quartz mining processes, and you're sure to leave this place with some newfound knowledge of Australia's gold rush history.

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