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Address: 32 km east of Armidale, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

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A glimpse into the past!

It was on the way back to Armidale after a visit to the Wollomombi Falls. Any trip back in time would be well worth a detour. A pleasant drive from Waterfall Way to Hillgrove. The... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
Kumar S
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Armidale, Australia
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

The main street takes you to a dead end where the mine workings are. All the way along are plaques marking where once-significant shops, homes and businesses stood in an age long ago (generally mid 1800s or so). It is quite ghostly realising what a large and bustling place this once must have been. Check out the cemetery - graves... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Unfortunately the museum was not open and the machinery that is displayed outside is in need of some TLC, but Hillgrove is an historic town and a must see. I loved the signs showing what buildings were originally on site of the current properties.

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Thank Toni F
Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I am interested in early Australian history, so I found this previously vibrant mining town an intriguing visit into the past. the Markers around the almost deserted town, shows how this was once a very prosperous place. Maybe, present mining works may restore some of its former glory. Its worth the small diversion on the way back from the Falls.

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Thank d0nald37
Lake Macquarie
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69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Called in to visit friends and were interested to see what remains of this previously thriving gold mining town. Not far off the highway and worth a look.

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Thank RobertLM
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70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

It was on the way back to Armidale after a visit to the Wollomombi Falls. Any trip back in time would be well worth a detour. A pleasant drive from Waterfall Way to Hillgrove. The little township would have been a delight to historians. I encourage you to give it a go and see it for yourself. Find out the... More 

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Thank Kumar S
Berowra Waters, Australia
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30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Great to walk around and see the history. The museum was wonderful. Looking at the signs of where buildings were made you realise what a wonderful town it must have been

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Thank Anne F
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

Hillgrove is a scrappy-looking old mining town, nothing more or less. Nearly all the evidence of its colourful history has long gone: the many pubs, shops, churches and miners' cottages. The only buildings of substance that remain are the post and telegraph station and the school, now a museum. There are a few scattered houses that have seen better days,... More 

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The Entrance, Australia
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

There was nothing there to see, it's just a very old town with many people still living there.I was disappointed as I was expecting to wander through a ghost town, as the spiel suggested.There was a Museum but we didn't bother with that,so a waste of time really.

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Dubbo, Australia
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277 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2014

Looks very old and not inviting not worth the trip off the road. Needs a bit of a makeover with falling down buildings everywhere

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Koondrook, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

There have been some good work done on the town's history in the past but that is almost history now. A lot of the signs are obscures by growth and are in disrepair. The museum was closed on the day we visited but a look from the outside looked as though it was history as well.

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Thank John S

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