The Carrathool Shire covers a number of historic, quintessential rural towns and boasts two national parks and a rich agricultural history.

The town of Hillston is home to the award winning Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery which also doubles as the Visitor Centre. Step back in time and take the self guided Heritage Walk or take a stroll across the Hillston swing bridge for access to a nature reserve and walking track along the Lachlan River.

Only a short distance away is the Willandra National Park, home to the Willandra Homestead and Woolshed and a surrounding habitat home to over 170 species of birds. Formerly a famous Merino Stud it is now preserved and open to visitors.  And if the weather is nice, take a dip at Pinkers Beach in the riverside village of Carrathool.

Rankins Springs has a great bird walking track for visitors who what to stretch their legs. 

Merriwagga boasts the "tallest bar in the southern hemisphere" so why not take a ride out there one weekend?

In October, you'll be surprised by the Birds of the Bush Festival which brings people together to celebrate the area, through photographic displays, Dinner Under the Stars, a fun run, Lions Train, BBQ and children's activities.

Visit the Carrathool Shire Council website for more tourism information or find the contact details for the Hillston Visitor Information Centre here.