Peak Hill

Peak Hill

Located on the Newell Highway, 48km north of Parkes and 70km south of Dubbo, Peak Hill offers travellers 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. Like many western centres, Peak Hill has endeavoured to preserve a proud and colourful history.

Art & Craft

Peak Hill is rich in arts and crafts resources with all venues situated in the main street (Caswell Street). 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. This is a community-based craft shop which also 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 Art Gallery is home to many Local Artist providing paintings in various mediums as well as pottery, woodwork and metalwork. Browse antiques and collectables while sampling some of the old time favourite treats from Temple Lions Antiques, Cafe and Lolly Shop.

Attractions

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 the opportunity to enjoy a variety of birdlife. Rainbow Bee-eaters, Red-rumped Parrots and Zebra Finches are included among the species as are colourful orchids in the cooler months.

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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