Carrathool Shire consists of the town of Hillston, and the surrounding villages of Goolgowi, Merriwagga, Rankins Springs and Carrathool. The Shire boasts two rivers, two national parks, and a booming agricultural industry. From the wide open plains of Willandra National Park, to the Conapaira Ranges at Rankins Springs, the Shire offers an abundance of diversity.
The Shire covers a massive 19,000km² and has a population of only 3,300. Two thirds of the population are based in the five towns and villages with the remaining one third in rural areas.
Carrathool Shire is well known for its rich agricultural industry. Traditionally a grazing and cropping area, with new innovations in irrigation, the industry has now expanded into citrus, cotton, viticulture, walnuts, olives, potatoes, lettuce, mangoes, cherries, corn, rice and a large cattle feedlot.
Nature and the environment also play a major role in Carrathool Shire, with an abundance of native flora and fauna found throughout the area. On any given day you are bound to see kangaroos, emus, birds of all shapes and sizes, and even the odd echidna!
To find out more about the towns and villages in Carrathool Shire, click on the pages below.
A copy of the Carrathool Shire brochure is also available - contact the Community Development Officer on 02 6965 1900.