Hill End

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:52
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Just had a great weekend at Hill End. Cool nights - needed a jumper in the wind -but beautiful days. Hardly anybody there. My mate & I had the campsite to ourselves. I am told this weekend is going to be wall to wall so for you campers that want a bit of piece & quiet - bad luck. Careful of the roads thay are soft and dusty. A woman rolled on a bend on the Sofala Rd about 5k out of Hill End on Saturday morning - going uphill! Happy camping for all you Easter campers.
FredL

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 10:17

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 10:17
Hill End is a favorite spot with my boys but lucky you went then and not this weekend. Its reall awful on the long weekend there. It seems all the people that are not really campers get there and get drunk and cause havoc and loud music till the wee hours.. Any time out of long weekends is great there. Michael
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:10

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:10
It's a great spot, my grandfather was born at Sofala during the gold rush and he met my grandmother at Hill End circa 1905....Just thought I'd throw in that bit of family history....
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Reply By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:22

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:22
Hi there Mr Faulty
The history part is pretty interesting. See what the woman wore back then? If you went for as quickie it would take a week to get tke gear off. It must have been a long term relationship. If anybody is going to Sofala call in a see Aunty Ferel. Quite a character.
FredL
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 17:49

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 17:49
Did you go down to the Turon River ? Was there much water in it.

Mike
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Follow Up By: howesy - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 19:38

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 19:38
I was there about 3 to 4 weeks ago and there was plenty water acrros the causway then.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 20:22

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 20:22
Thanks Howesy - I don't think they've had much rain since then though :-(

Mike
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Follow Up By: howesy - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 20:31

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 20:31
Ring the royal hotel(63378261) or the general store(63378237) or police station(63378221) tomorrow, they usually have a good idea from passers through.
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Follow Up By: brett - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 21:53

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 21:53
Camped along the turon this time last year, not a bad spot. Had someone check it out last week and said there was water but pobably a little down on what it was last year which wasn't a lot, but there are still some deep spots you can swim in. Perfect weather up there last year
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Reply By: jon p qld - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 21:22

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 21:22
camped there several years ago, we had a good evening in the pub, then it poured with rain all night and all the next day, the tent looked like it was about to float away. Would love to get back there one day to see all the things that we missed out on that weekend due to the weather. Great spot though.
Jon
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Reply By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 09:15

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 09:15
The Turon is not flowing and at the bottom of the hill is a bit stagnant. (smell with green algae) If you want to camp u need to go to the Macquarie river which is still flowing ok. Crossed the river & it was up to the flooor boards in the patrol.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 13:16

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 13:16
Did you go to Sofala at all? Spent many years camping just across the bridge on the river bank there.

Last time I went there in around 99 there wasnt much area there to camp anymore :(

Whats left in Hill End these days? on that same trip, even the parks station was closed with no signs of life anywhere for 2 days we were there..
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:02

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:02
We drove along the Bridle Track, Bathurst to Hill End, 2 weeks ago. There was no water running across the causeway on the Turon River. The river was low with stagnant water and that foul green weed around. We drove further aroung to the Upper Turon and stayed a few nights at Turon Gates , which was delightful. The river is flowing here. Also I caught some Yabbies, but I didn't find any gold. Sparky
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