Hill Top, New South Wales

Hill Top is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. Previous names of the village include Hilltop and Jellore. It is a 17 km drive to Mittagong and around 10 km drive to the Hume Highway via Colo Vale. It is roughly 6–8 km to Yerrinbool as the crow flies. At the 2016 census, Hill Top had a population of 2,674.[1]

Hill Top
New South Wales
Hill Top is located in New South Wales
Hill Top
Hill Top
Coordinates34°21′S 150°29′E / 34.350°S 150.483°E / -34.350; 150.483Coordinates: 34°21′S 150°29′E / 34.350°S 150.483°E / -34.350; 150.483
Population2,674 (2016 census)[1]
Established1916
Postcode(s)2575
Location115 km (71 mi) SW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Wingecarribee Shire
RegionSouthern Highlands
CountyCamden
ParishCumbertine
State electorate(s)Wollondilly
Federal Division(s)Hume
Localities around Hill Top:
Balmoral
Nattai National Park Hill Top Yerrinbool
Colo Vale

HistoryEdit

It was formerly on the Main Southern Railway, until that line was deviated in 1919 to a less steep alignment with easier grades. The original line became the Picton Loop line, which closed in 1978.[2] The remains of Hill Top station platform can still be seen.

FacilitiesEdit

Hill Top has commercial facilities such as a bakery, chemist, general store, liquor store, real estate agent, and GP's surgery.[3]

Community facilities include a post office, tennis courts, sporting fields, day-care centre, primary school, fire station, church and community hall.

It is home to the Southern Highlands Rifle Club's shooting range. In 2007, controversially, it was proposed that this range be extended 10 square kilometres on Crown Land near Hill Top into the Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex upon the government-proposed closure of the large ANZAC Rifle Range at Malabar Heads.[4] However, it was met by strong opposition by local residents and councillors who were concerned about the noise, traffic and environmental effects it might have on the area due to the proposed complex being in close proximity to the residential area and water catchment area of Hill Top. The Southern Highlands News interviewed National Parks Association Chairman, Tony Hill who said that the range would create 'a toxic legacy that will go on for hundreds of years, .'[5]

Hill Top has a soccer team known as the Hill Top Kookaburras which was founded in 1981. The team is a member of the Highlands Soccer Association [6] and plays in the Highlands Competition.

Hill Top has a cricket club known as Hill Top Northern Villages Cricket Club. The club was founded in 1947 to 1952, then reformed from 1979 to 1986 and then reformed again in 1987.

Photo galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hill Top (Wingecarribee – NSW)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2017.  
  2. ^ See Bayley, in Biblio.
  3. ^ Hill Top – Southern Highlands NSW
  4. ^ Residents oppose shooting range in Southern Highlands | The Daily Telegraph
  5. ^ "100 oppose Hill Top gun range – Local News – News – General – Southern Highland News". Archived from the original on 6 August 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  6. ^ Highlands Soccer Association Inc

BibliographyEdit

  • Bayley, W. A. 1973 Picton-Mittagong Loop-Line Railway. pp. 26–27 Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-14-6
  • Bayley, W. A. 1975. Picton-Mittagong Main Line Railway. p. 17–18 Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-15-4