Hill End Historic Site
Royal Hall is a charming venue to hold your wedding reception or event. Conveniently located in the centre of Hill End Historic Site, it has ample space and facilities for your celebration, and is steeped in gold rush history.
- Venue is suitable for
- Arts and cultural events, concerts and festivals, corporate and business events, private party or function, wedding ceremonies and wedding reception
Maximum people: 120
Maximum capacity for seated dining events is 80 people. Maximum capacity for seated theatre-style events is 120.
- Drinking water, toilets, electric power
$1500 for a weekend hire period from 9am Friday to 9am Monday. Contact Hill End Historic Site office for the price of weekday and 1 day weekend hire periods.
Available for hire 7 days a week, except 25 Dec-1 Jan and public holidays.
Venue available for exclusive hire
- Bookings are required. To make a booking or for more information contact the Hill End Historic Site office.
- Other Information
- The weekend hire period is from 9am Friday to 9am Monday
- For weekday and 1 day weekend hire periods, please contact the Hill End Historic Site office.
- All events must conclude by 10pm on weekdays, 12am on weekends or public holidays or the night before a weekend or public holiday.
Built in 1900, Royal Hall harks back to the roaring days of the gold rush. Soak in the atmosphere of a bygone era as you celebrate your event in this charming community meeting place between Bathurst and Mudgee.
The hall can accommodate 80 people for a banquet-style event or 120 for a performance, making it the perfect venue for a wedding reception, private party, business event or exhibition. With a stage, kitchen and large outdoor lawn, you’ll have all the facilities you need to look after your guests.
Nestled in the centre of Hill End, you’ll also be well-placed to take advantage of the town’s nearby attractions. If you’re celebrating a wedding, Sacred Heart Church is an ideal place to hold your ceremony before heading to Royal Hall for the reception. History buffs can discover more about the town’s past at Hill End Heritage Centre, or you can kick back and enjoy a drink at the Royal Hotel next door.
And if you’d like to linger longer in this charming spot, you can treat yourself to a stay in one of the heritage accommodations. There are plenty to choose from, including The Post Office Residence, historic Sydney Hotel Cottage or cosy Hill End Pines Cottage.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/royal-hall/local-alerts
- in Hill End Historic Site in the Country NSW region
Hill End Historic Site is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Royal Hall.
Getting there and parking
Royal Hall is in the centre of town in Hill End Historic Site, next to the Royal Hotel. To get there:
From Bathurst (allow 1.5hrs)
- 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
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
There is free street parking outside Royal Hall on Beyers Avenue.
Venue hire inclusions:
- Exclusive use of Royal Hall, including the kitchen and outdoor area.
- Use of the kitchen facilities including fridge, oven with gas cooktop and bain marie.
- Heat lamps for use in cold weather
- Waste bins are supplied for the removal of rubbish after your event, to a limited amount.
- 4 bench seats.
Please return the hall back to its original state after your event. There may be a fee if excessive waste is left behind or if significant cleaning is required.
There are 2 male and 2 female public toilet blocks next to the hall. The toilets at this venue are public toilets. You may use them during your event, but they are not available for exclusive hire.
- Flush toilets
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
- There’s a ramp for wheelchair users to access the back of Royal Hall
- Some assistance may be required to reach the back of the hall
- There are wheelchair-accessible toilets
Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.
Food and drink
- You may bring your own food as well as portable gas barbecues fitted with drip trays for cooking for outdoor use only
- Commercial catering is permitted. Please include the amounts and equipment details on the application form.
- Alcohol service by a licensed caterer is permitted
Decorations, structures and furniture
- Weighted free-standing decorative items such as bridal arches, red carpet and columns are permitted.
- Marquees are permitted as long as they are not pegged with pickets or pins. Temporary structures must be stabilised using weighted objects only. Please list all marquees and structures on the application form.
- Furniture such as tables, chairs and table decorations are permitted.
- You may bring flower arrangements containing no seed material. A florist can arrange this for you on request.
- Florists are required to use plastic drop sheets when preparing flowers and discard of all excess plant material into a garbage bag.
Lighting and amplified sounds
- Bands and DJs are permitted. Please keep the volume to a level that does not interfere with the hall’s neighbours.
- Lighting may be permitted and must be detailed on the application form
Commercial filming and photography
Commercial photography and video requires the relevant photography license.
Alterations to the existing internal or external fabric of the building are not permitted:
- Tacks, nails, florist putty or similar are not to be used as part of any decoration.
- Please do not attach decorations to the walls
- Signs associated with the event must not be attached to any NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service asset, including signs, posts or trees.
Confetti, plant materials and rice are not permitted, including:
- Decorations consisting of flowers or plant materials that contain seeds or vines and exotic plant materials
- Throwing rice or petals
Candles and open flames are not permitted.