Hillston

Fishing off the Swing Bridge, Lachlan RiverHillston Town Map (PDF)

On the banks of the Lachlan River, Hillston is a town with a colourful history, that's been given new life by an extensive irrigation system. Now a major fruit and vegetable producing region, its orchards and citrus groves stand in stark contrast to their parched surroundings. Here you can experience some of the beauty of the Outback, including wildflowers and majestic river red gums.

Explore the Waterways

The Lachlan River meanders its way through the middle of town, with two leafy green parks situated on its banks. Take a stroll over the Swing Bridge at the Huey Cameron Park for a closer look, or enjoy a spot of fishing down by the Desathlon Park reserve.

The man made Lake Woorabinda is an aquatic playground, with water skiing during the summer and a walking track showcasing the abundance of birdlife including pelicans, swans, and cockatoos.

Diverse Agriculture

The Hillston Cotton Gin provides visitors with an insight into the cotton industry. The Gin, located 15 kilometres from Hillston on the Roto Road, processes on average 70 000 bales per year. It services both the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee valleys and operates on a seasonal basis.

Take a drive out Lachlan River Road and discover some of Hillston's diverse agriculture, including an enormous cherry and potato farm. Please be mindful of private property and be careful not to trespass.

A Creative Spirit

The Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery and Visitors Centre, located in the main street, showcases the paintings, sculptures and craft work of the Hillston Creative Arts Council. Much of it has been inspired by the unique flora, fauna and scenery of the area. The Gallery is also a level three accredited visitor's centre, and provides information on Hillston and the surrounding district.

Members of the Hillston Creative Arts Council have also taken to painting Hillston's rich history. A large sepia mural, located on the side wall of Rose's IGA Supermarket, depicts the streetscape of Hillston in the late 1800s. The Hillston and District Map Shelter, painted by the late Mrs Beryl Robertson, stands on the lawns in front of the Ex-Servicemen's Club. The hand painted map features the diverse agricultural enterprises of the Hillston district, sporting facilities and points of interest within Hillston.

Pleasures from the past

Follow the heritage markers along High Street and learn of Hillston's colourful and exciting history, including several heritage buildings and a war memorial, or visit the history room in the WG Parker Memorial Library Complex (built in 2004) to research your family tree.

Step back in time at the Hillston Museum, located on the Kidman Way. The Museum is run by the Hillston Historical Society, and houses a fascinating collection of machinery, household goods and historic displays. It also features a restored late 19th Century homestead.

Historic Homestead

Willandra National Park is situated 64kms North West of Hillston. The Park features the historical Willandra Homestead, Woolshed and Ram Shed. Willandra National Park has been returned to its natural state and is a great place to view native flora and fauna. Check in at the Hillston District Office for road conditions prior to your visit.