Peak Hill has endeavoured to preserve a proud and colourful history. The town is rich in arts and crafts resources with all venues situated in the main street (Caswell Street).
Located on the Newell Highway, 48km north of Parkes and 70km south of Dubbo, Peak Hill offers travelers an enticing break. With 3 motels, 1 hotel and 2 caravan parks, Peak Hill offers visitors an affordable alternate stop over to visit The Dish, Goobang National Park or the Western Plain Zoo in Dubbo. Nestled close to the Hervey Ranges, Peak Hill’s proud history is indelibly linked with the discovery of gold in 1889.
The Open Cut Gallery & Peak Hill Country Crafts has been a popular stop-over for many a traveller. The store offers a full range of hand-made crafts and gifts, and also displays many historical photographs and memorabilia on the town’s rich mining history. The shop operates as the town’s visitor information centre, containing an array of brochures and maps of the town’s heritage and tourist drive.
Peak Hill Open Cut Experience – located near the centre of town on Mingelo Street, Peak Hill’s historic tourist gold mine features 5 spectacular open cuts, walking trails and viewing platform.
Open 7 days for self guided tours, group booking available by phoning the Parkes Visitor Information Centre on 02 6862 6000.
Big Fish Fossil Hut – located within the Peak Hill Caravan Park, this exhibition displays a wide range of specimens depicting a range of ancient wildlife groups that have lived across Eastern Australia over the past 700 million years. Open 7 days 9am – 5pm, $3.00 entry, caravan park guests and children under 5 years free.
Flora and Fauna Reserve – a leisurely stroll from the centre of town, providing opportunity to enjoy a variety of birdlife and colourful orchids in the cooler months. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Hervey Ranges and a great photo opportunity, especially at sunset. Open 7 days.
Bogan Weir – the site of Peak Hill’s original water supply, has shady picnic areas and provides pleasant opportunities for bird watching and fishing. Bogan Weir is located 7km North of Peak Hill on the Tullamore Road.
Recreational Facilities – An active and diverse sporting centre, Peak Hill boasts excellent recreational facilities with those provided by the Golf Club (with state-wide recognised sand greens), the Bowling Club, Ex-Services Club and public swimming pool especially popular with visitors.
Australia’s First Upright Wheat Silo – The first vertical wheat silo to be built in Australia in 1918 and is still in use today. After viewing the current silo it will become apparent that they have grown substantially over the years to cope with the local grain production. The Peak Hill silo can be viewed from Lindner Avenue, which runs parallel with the railway line.
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Parkes Regional Towns
Bogan Gate is an impressive village featuring a quaint Pub, so plan a counter lunch after taking a trip to see Utes in the Paddock at Ootha.
Tullamore is situated on the Bogan Way, an alternate north south route to the Newell Highway
If you’re looking to capture a classic photo of an Aussie country town, look no further than Trundle.
From the heights of Goobang National Park, to the plains of wheat and country villages, Parkes Shire boasts many sights to see – some well known and others waiting to be discovered.