Outback Towns

Hillston

If you're travelling through New South Wales' Riverina this year, be sure to pack your swimsuit, because this outback oasis is a wet and wild wonderland!

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About Hillston

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Hillston – on the Kidman Way

Hillston sits on the banks of the picturesque Lachlan River in the far west of New South Wales. It was settled in 1863 and now has a population of just over 1100 people with an additional 800 living in the immediate surrounding districts. Once mainly a wheat and sheep producer, there are now citrus orchards, cotton and potatoes, lettuce seed farms, melons, onions and extensive cattle breeding.

Hillston's Long Main Street

Hillston is known for its very long, straight main street. With the Lachlan River on its doorstep and two parks providing picnic areas right down to the river's edge plus exceptional facilities, the town becomes a great place to stop and linger.

One of the parks is the former site of the original Hillston Hall, and this now has well landscaped gardens which lead to the swinging bridge across the River.

On the other side of the bridge is a small shady area which features "animals" made from fallen trees.

You'll recognise a crocodile, large redback spider and an ominous prehistoric monster.

The Community Hall's foyer displays the magnificent Triptych which was devised and designed by local artist Mrs Joan Vagg.

The Hillston Historical Museum shows the growth of the district since settlement in the 1800's. A feature is a house built in 1897 which has been relocated to the museum and furnished in the style of the period.

Beyond Hillston

To the north-east is "Hunthawang Station" which still operates using traditional ways, and the Saw Tooth Mountains. In spring the flora and fauna along Jardine's Lane is worth photographing.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries