Reids Flat is a small historic village (population 50) in regional New South Wales located within Hilltops Council.

Reids Flat
New South Wales
Reids Flat is located in New South Wales
Reids Flat
Reids Flat
Coordinates34°07′57″S 149°01′02″E / 34.13250°S 149.01722°E / -34.13250; 149.01722Coordinates: 34°07′57″S 149°01′02″E / 34.13250°S 149.01722°E / -34.13250; 149.01722
LGA(s)Hilltops Council
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Hume


The town is sited on the south bank of the Lachlan River, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Wyangala, in Hilltops Council, in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, hidden in the Great Dividing Range. It is graced by grandiorite geomorphology and sits on lay lines. There is a rich indigenous dreaming associated with the valley along with a lively bushranger history. Active bushrangers in the area during the early 1860s included Jack Piesley and Frank Gardiner, who often sought refuge at the farm of William Fogg. Caves within the surrounding rocky mountains provided excellent hiding places for the bushrangers - it was claimed that girlfriends and wives would hang white washing on the lines in the valley when the coast was clear. Local merino sheep wool production is amongst the finest in the world, with the majority of 15 micon fleece pre-sold to the Italian fashion market. Prices received per bale frequently fetch world record prices ( references) and these wool providers have been farming in the district for over a century.


The village – a quiet residential area – does not have any commercial establishments within its boundaries; the nearest shop is located 22 kilometres (14 mi) away, in the town of Bigga. It does, however, possess a public hall, a showground, and a council rubbish dump. The Reids Flat Public School was officially closed on 17 December 2014.[1]


  1. ^ "Recess, closure and amalgamations of schools". NSW Teachers Federation. Retrieved 19 February 2016.