The last pub standing in an historic gold town once brimming with them.
At its peak, Hill End was home to 30,000 hopeful prospectors, countless shopkeepers and at least 28 publicans, one for each of the drinking establishments in the gold rush-era boomtown.
These days, just a handful of the semi-ghost town’s buildings remain, with the Royal Exchange Hotel its only surviving pub.
Perched atop the hill overlooking what used to be a kilometer-long main street lined with shops but today is mostly paddocks filled with kangaroos, the Royal Exchange Hotel retains its historic charm by the bucket load.
Built in 1872, this old girl’s walls would spin quite the yarn if only they could talk.
Meals are available seven days a week from the bistro, and can be taken in the quaint historic dining room complete with open fireplace or in the extensive grassy beer garden where kangaroos graze freely.
Meals are generous in proportion and hearty in flavour, with the classic lineup of pub favourites like chicken schnitzel, steak, lamp cutlets, fish and chips and more.
After dinner you might like to enjoy a game of pool and a few tunes from the jukebox in the lounge, where an open fireplace roars in the cooler months.
Upstairs there are pub style accommodation rooms, and the hotel offers an unbeatable deal of accommodation, dinner and breakfast for $50 per person and $25 per child.
But if you’re camping or caravanning, the pub is an easy walk from both of Hill End’s campgrounds, so let someone else take care of dinner for you.