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 Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery. The gallery showcases paintings, sculptures and craftwork of the Hillston Creative Arts Council, inspired by the unique local flora, fauna and scenery, the gallery is also the Visitor Information Centre for the area. Take a stroll over the swinging bridge down to the Desatholon Park and walking track. A drive out to town in any direction will take you past the various crops and agricultural activities from the area, including traditional cereal crops, sheep and cattle, potatoes, cotton, cherries, almonds as well as various other fruits and vegetables. Lake Woorabinda is home to seasonal birdlife, as well as, water skiing in the summer months.


Goolgowi is located 50kms from Griffith on the intersection of the Midwestern highway and Kidman Way. Traditionally a wheat and wool farming area, recent years have seen a diversification into olives, walnuts, almonds, citrus and chicken broilers farms.


Approximately 29 kilometres south-west along the Mid Western Highway is the Gunbar Historic Precinct, centred around the Gunbar Pioneer Memorial Church, the Gunbar Hall and the William Jackson VC interpretative panel. On the reverse side discover the history of the village from its beginnings in the 1860's through to the sacrifices the district made to help Australia's war efforts during WW1 and WW2.


Explore the gruesome tale of Mrs Barbara Blin in Merriwagga, the story behind the legend of the Black Stump. Enjoy a drink at the tallest bar in the southern hemisphere - legend has it the bar was built to a height so local stockmen could ride their horses right up to the bar and order a drink without having to dismount.

Rankins Springs

Rankins Springs is set in the middle of the Conapaira Ranges, between Goolgowi and West Wyalong. The area is home to a large number of Australian birds including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Superb Parrot, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Gilbert's Whistler, Chestnut Quali Thrush, Shy Hyacola, Painted Honeyeater and Mallee Fowl. There are some designated bird watching sites and hides in the area, strategically located to optimise your bird watching experience. In October enjoy the Spring in the Springs 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.


Take a drive out to the historic 1924 Carrathool Bridge, which was one of the last lifting bridges remaining in Australia. Built to replace a cross-river punt, the bascule lift span bridge last opened its span for river traffic in 1961.

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