Hill End was at the heart of the first big 1850s gold rush in NSW. At its height there were up to 30,000 miners in the area which boasted as many as 50 hotels. But is was boom and bust for this town. By the turn of the 20th century the population had dwindled to just 500.
It may well have disappeared but in the 1960s its was proclaimed a historic site and placed under the care of the National Parks and Wildlife Service which began preserving and restoring the buildings. Today is survives with just a small population of around 150 people and is essentially a tourist attraction.
It's quite lovely and feels authentic not staged. Well worth a visit.