Carcoar & Hill End


Please join me for a weekend in HILL END & CARCOAR – the towns that time forgot! We’ll depart Sydney on Friday morning, by private vehicle and journey through the mountains to Carcoar,  arriving late afternoon.  We’ll stop en route for lunch and explore a gallery or two.  Saturday will be a day visit to Sofala and Hill End with picnic lunch.



This 19th-century village, 258 km west of Sydney, was one of the most important government centres in NSW. With buildings on both banks of the Belubula River, the township is classified by the National Trust and in 2006 the population totalled 218 people.

George Evans was the first European surveyor to travel through the area in 1815 and the public school which opened in 1857 is one of the oldest continuous schools in Australia. The first bank robbery in Australia was in Carcoar in 1863 when Johnny Gilbert and John O’Meally led by Ben Hall held up the Commercial Bank.

This is the site of Australia’s first documented uranium deposit; in the mid-1860s Carcoar declined when gold was discovered further to the west. 

Historic Carcoar 


19th March

We depart by private vehicle from Central Station approx 9.00am with a leisurely drive through the mountains and arriving Carcoar late afternoon.  Time to explore galleries and towns en route.

OR you may prefer

8.48am depart by Blue Mountains train from Central Station, Sydney
11.17am alight Lithgow and transfer by private vehicle to Carcoar in the late afternoon.

20th March

Depart after breakfast by private vehicle to historic Sofala and Hill End for an adventurous day with picnic lunch.

Late afternoon return to Carcoar for dinner and perhaps to the pub to converse with the locals.


21st March

Leisurely brunch outdoors if the weather is good and a relaxing morning at our accommodation or attend an historic church service next door if the minister is in town.  Spend today exploring the fascinating, unique and historic town of Carcoar.   


22nd March

Depart after breakfast, by private vehicle through the mountains, for the return journey to Sydney.   We’ll stop along the way at destinations of our choice and arrive home mid afternoon.



  • 3 nights single supp. accommodation and all meals
  • (please notify dietary requirements at time of booking)
  • en plein air art sessions
  • transport by private coach/driver


  • If you prefer to travel to and from Carcoar by train:
  • Day 1: train Syd-Lithgow ($2.50 senior)
  • Day 3: train Lithgow-Syd ($2.50 senior).

Carcoar station



  • casual clothing
  • sensible walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • toiletries
  • art materials – your choice
  • (optional) portable seat for plein air work

Carcoar house & church



Our accommodation and meals are in the welcoming Shalom retreat. Built in 1874 and 1870 respectively, the old convent/boarding school (St. Joseph’s Mount) is now a house of retreat with single bedrooms and shared bathrooms.  NB 5 bedrooms are offered beside a bathroom (in various areas of Shalom).  If you require one of these please nominate at time of booking.

Wake to fresh scents of the valley, native bird song and pleasant views of the town and surrounding hills.

Visit the Shalom Retreat website here.

Shalom Retreat


$1,200.00 (this includes single supp beside a bathroom)




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