Peak Hill, NSW
Located on the Newell Highway approximately halfway between Parkes and Dubbo, Peak Hill offers travelers an enticing break. Stop a while, stretch your legs and enjoy the main street’s craft and coffee stops. Peak Hill is also a great base for staying overnight and day tripping to nearby attractions.
Peak Hill is a little town with a big heart of gold! The town’s history is indelibly linked with the discovery of gold in 1889. ‘Dig around’ a little – the Visitor Information Centre is a great spot to start, and you’ll find the story of Peak Hill’s golden history is not far below the surface.
The Peak Hill Visitor Information Centre is in Caswell Street (the main street) and shares a building with the Country Crafts store. Here you can chat with one of the locals and pick up all the visitor brochures and advice you’ll need to make the most of your visit.
Peak Hill is rich in arts and crafts, and a stroll just across the road from the Visitor Information Centre reveals an unexpected delight. Here, Sugar n Spice is more than just the quaint café it appears to be, you’ll find there’s a gallery of porcelain dolls, pieces of fine porcelain ware and other crafts on display. The Rusty Shed Gallery and the Antiques stores along the main street are also worth a visit.
Most of Peak Hill’s accommodation is also in the main street and within walking distance of the Clubs, Post Office, Cafes and shopping.
If you’re looking for a picnic spot, Memorial Park, (on the main street adjacent to the Bowls Club) is a well maintained park with gardens, picnic tables, electric BBQ and toilets. Alternately Bogan Weir is a great spot for a waterside picnic. Just 6km west of town, Bogan Weir offers shady picnic areas and provides pleasant opportunities for bird watching, canoeing and fishing.
On the road to the Golf Club is the Fauna and Flora Park. Originally one of the old alluvial mine workings, the Park now provides opportunity to enjoy a variety of birdlife. Follow the walking tracks, where keen twitchers should keep an eye out for Rainbow Bee-eaters, Red-rumped Parrots and Zebra Finches among the species seen in the Park. Colourful orchids are seen in the cooler months.
Experience first hand why Peak Hill is known for its merinos and wheat – visit Westray Farmstay, a working sheep stud. Westray offers on-farm accommodation and the opportunity for group farm tours by appointment.
Peak Hill’s open cut gold mine sits atop the hill overlooking the town. While the mine is now inactive, there was a recent period of intense mining here, more than a century after the initial gold discoveries. The mine viewing platform and walking-trail are open for groups of 10 or more by appointment.
For further information contact Peak Hill Visitor Centre PH (02) 6869 1981
Nearest Airport: Parkes
Peak Hill Map
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About Peak Hill
- Locality: Urban locality
- Peak Hill Postcode: 2869
- State: New South Wales
- Region: Country NSW
- Latitude: -32.72533
- Longitude: 148.18519
- Elevation: 274m
- Population: 1106
- Median Income: $23400
- Area (Sq/km): 1263.254
- Timezone: Australia/Sydney
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