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Hill End, New South Wales ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 2021

Date: 11th February 2021

Travelled: 80 kms from Mudgee to Hill End in NSW 

Visited: Hargraves, Tambaroora and Hill End.  

Stayed: Village Campground, $24.60 with the usual services S33.03404, W149.41353

Budget:


We make an early start this morning, just a coffee and some fruit before making the Jayco ready for the road. It doesnโ€™t take as long now as we have worked up a checklist.

Hill End is our plan for today. Whilst itโ€™s not that far, the road is supposedly a little narrow and winding by all accounts.


There is the odd narrow bridge, but the Hill End Road south-west from Mudgee is a pleasant drive. Mind you itโ€˜s up hill and down dale and very windy.

You do get some wonderful views along the way.

We stop for breakfast near Hargraves and take in the view over sardines on toast. It is Thursday.




Map of Hill End highlighting the village campsite.


Beyerโ€™s Avenue is lined with trees.

The village campsite at Hill End is managed by National Parks. You must book in advance according to the blurb, which we have, so we pop past and check it out. We chat with our new neighbours and have another coffee, before heading off back to Tambaroora for some exploring (plastic boot style).



Tambaroora no longer exist as a village but it has an interesting cemetery.


As we wander the cemetery we soon notice many of the headstones indicate, death due to mining accidents.

I stumble back to the Jayco to find Pam waiting, she asks can I hobble a bit quicker ? Heading back towards Hill End once again, we stop at Golden Gully. I park in the shade and take off the plastic boot whilst Pam heads off for a solo explore of the walking track.




You can zoom in and read about Golden Gully here, it has a remarkable history.

Itโ€™s been a busy morning as I drive back into Hill End. I find a spot in the shade near the pub and wait for Pam. The Golden Gully walk wasnโ€™t long enough so Pam has decided to walk back into town.

I take of the plastic boot and enjoy my book for 30 minutes.

We decide on walking the Historic Village whilst we are here…this gallery is a summary of our walk.




We eventually take the Jayco back to the campsite and have a very late lunch and a little rest. Come 5.30 we wander/hobble back up to the Royal Hotel for a drink with the locals.


The Royal Hotel, Hill End

We are joined by a pair of King Parrots in the beer garden.


Itโ€™s been a long day and this is a long blog…so that was our visit to Hill End.


Michael + Pam


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