Travelling Australia - Journal 2012
17-20 May 2012 - Nhill
On the 17 May we towed the caravan for the shortest distance ever driving 16 kilometres from the Little Desert Lodge to Nhill Caravan Park. We spent the rest of the day and the next couple of days looking around the Nhill region.

The Western Highway runs as a divided carriageway through the middle of Nhill - complete with heavy transports through the shopping centre. Goldsworthy Park has been established in the median strip in Victoria Street on the south-western side of the commercial area. This park includes attractive well-watered lawns and flower beds. A war memorial is at one end with shelters, children's playground, the visitor information centre, bus stops for V/line buses, a band rotunda and off road car-parking along the median strip. There are also some much appreciated caravan parking sites which are easy to get into while towing a caravan and large enough for most rigs.
Victoria Street, Nhill
Victoria Street in Nhill, this is part of the Western Highway passing through the town.
War Memorial, Nhill
War Memorial at the upper end of Goldsworthy Park on the Western Highway median strip.
Goldsworthy Park includes a bronze statue of a draught-horse in recognition of the crucial part played by draught-horses in developing rural industry around Nhill.

Nhill has an excellent Information Centre in Goldsworthy Park. The map printing firm of Westprint, specialising in paper and electronic maps of more remote parts of Australia, has its headquarters in Nhill and provides tourist maps of the town and shire.

Nhill is a town of about 2000 population on the Western Highway about half way between Melbourne and Adelaide. It is so close to half-way that trucking companies use Nhill as change-over point for trailers. For example, a B-double heavy transport drives from Melbourne to Nhill where a second prime-mover with another driver takes over the trailer and continues on while the first driver to catch up on his required rest periods while the load continues on to Adelaide. The prime-mover changes we watched took about five minutes; many are in a transport park opposite a roadhouse on the edge of Nhill but there is a very large bitumen trailer park a few hundred metres out of Nhill where trailers can be left by a driver to await collection.

The town is on the Melbourne-Adelaide train line and The Overland train stops in Nhill three times a week. There are also frequent V/line buses between Melbourne and Adelaide stopping in NHill to give passengers a break.
Nhill post office Nhill Post Office

Nhill rotunda Nhill Band Rotunda. Built in 1909, on opening night the town band played an instrumental concert in the rotunda.

Judging by appearances Nhill is definitely a predominantly grain town. Grain paddocks surround the town and persist to the edges of the town. The centre of town is dominated by the tall concrete silo built in 1919 to store grain for the Noske Flour Mill; the silo is very tall and when built (of reinforced concrete) was believed to be the tallest single bin silo in the Southern Hemisphere. The mill closed in 1958 but the silo remains to visually dominate Nhill.

Nearby is a pair of very large metal silos beside the railway station. The claim these are the largest metal silos in the world may well be true. These are still in use and at the time of our visit were pouring grain into a succession of B-double grain carriers. On the Melbourne side of Nhill there are a couple of modern grain depots formed by dumping grain on a concrete base and covering it with large sheets of toughened plastic. The Grain Corp depot uses blue sheeting; the depot across the road uses pale green.

Sheep are grazed on surrounding properties but the emphasis remains on grain. We were told in the information centre that sheep are still grown for wool around Nhill, but we didn't see any shearing sheds. We saw very few cattle, a single herd of about a dozen animals.
Cropland a few kilometres from Nhill. Cropland such as this is along every road leading out of this cropping centre.