A golden opportunity: NPWS opens Expressions of Interest to lease Hill End General Store

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to lease the iconic Hill End General Store and café located in the heart of Hill End’s charming historic township.

Interior of General Store cafe, dining, Hill End

NPWS Director, Park Assets Branch, Stuart Schramm said the thriving Hill End General Store has provided goods and services to the community and its visitors since the early 1870’s.

“Leasing the Store not only represents an excellent business venture, it is a golden opportunity to add on your own story to this long line of managing an iconic landmark,” Mr Schramm said.

Hill End is a living historic village and a popular tourist attraction located 80 kilometres from Bathurst and 72 kilometres from Mudgee in the NSW Central West.   

After the discovery of gold in 1851 and the roaring days of the gold rush that followed, Hill End became one of the largest towns in the NSW Central West and has since maintained its legacy.

“The Store is an excellent example of Hill End’s distinct architectural heritage and the unique dining experience retains the atmosphere of when it was the heart of a bustling mining community,” Mr Schramm said. 

“The wheelchair-accessible café offers delicious coffee and a range of tasty snacks, making it the perfect pit stop for locals and tourists on their journey to discover the Hill End Historic Site. 

“People can choose to lease the established business, close to some of the most iconic food and wine areas in NSW, or propose their own sustainable visitor attraction.

"I encourage all suitable business and tourism operators to register their interest and submit their ideas to continue the Store’s reputation as an iconic NSW destination,” Mr Schramm said.

The lease is available for a period of five to 10 years and the EOI closes 28 February 2017.

For information on the EOI visit: https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/oeh

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