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Countryside, Bathurst

Things to do in Bathurst

Set in a beautiful natural environment with warm summers, crisp winters with occasional snow and glorious spring and autumn colours, Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement and has many activities on offer.

Indulge in Bathurst’s rich cultural heritage and explore its historic houses, museums, churches and antique shops. Engage in water sports, explore the nearby Abercrombie Caves and relax by dining in an award winning restaurant.

The combination of historic sites and architecture, the best of country life with all the conveniences of modern living, the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit and the growing wine industry, all make Bathurst an extremely attractive destination.

Where is it and how do you get there?

Customers with unchecked luggageThe city of Bathurst is located on the central tablelands of New South Wales, approximately 207 kilometres west of Sydney.

The Dubbo XPT runs daily from Sydney and stops at Bathurst and on Mondays the Broken Hill Outback Explorer runs from Sydney and stops at Bathurst. Daily CityRail train services from Sydney to Lithgow with coach connections to Bathurst are also available.

To check times, use the booking form on the left.

Getting around

Bathurst has a strong local bus network, and taxis are available 24 hours a day seven days a week. There are also tour operating companies and a range of car hire companies.

Major events

  • March - Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival features six race meetings and includes social events such as the Panthers Ball, Ambrose Golf Day and Honouree Dinner.
  • April - Royal Bathurst Show is regarded as the best show west of Sydney and boasts many special events, including the racing pigs.
  • October - Bathurst 1000 showcases an exciting endurance race and motor-racing meeting at the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit.

For more information and exact dates, check out the Visit NSW website.

What to do and see

Bathurst 1000Step back in time by visiting Abercrombie house, a magnificent 1870's mansion built in Tudor Gothic/Scottish Baronial style. Covering 210 squares, with 29 fireplaces, seven staircases, more than 40 rooms and ballroom with a ceiling 28 feet high, it is one of the largest private homes in the Central West. While you are there, see the owner's amazing collection of antiques and objects from all over the world.

View the fascinating original household furnishings and personal belongings, as well as ceremonial gifts, at Chifley Home, a house museum which was the only marital home of Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth when they married in 1914. Wander through the 19th century cottage gardens and horse paddock at Miss Traill's House built in 1845 and see the pioneering memorabilia Miss Ida Traill and her mother collected.  Stand in awe of the architecture of the Holy Trinity Church, the first church built in inland Australia, and be fascinated by its historical cemetery.

Immerse yourself in history at the Bathurst District Historical Museum and its delightful book and gift shop. Crammed with historical artifacts, the museum regularly changes exhibitions based on local themes and also houses the Bathurst Archives which has extensive family history records.

Delve further into the past at Old Government Cottage, one of the oldest brick buildings in Australia, and view its range of historical artefacts. Rockley Mill is also worth a visit with three floors of interesting artefacts, historic mill machinery, displays of historic clothing, old police records and more. Make time to walk past the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to view the beautifully restored Cobb & Co coach.

Travel back to prehistoric times at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and marvel at the ancient fossils including Tyrannosaurus rex, Australia's only complete skeleton.

For an experiential trip down history lane, visit the Bathurst Goldfields Education and Function Centre, a reconstruction of a gold mining village which has a mine, a working stamper battery crushing ore, steam engines, a miner's hut, a blacksmith's forge and gold panning. Take a guided tour of the indoor museum, see a demonstration of old style blacksmithing, and see a working California bucket pump, whim and poppet head and old school house in the outdoor museum.

See the modern, well-equipped Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, which exhibits a Lloyd Rees collection, Australian ceramics from the late 1960s, the artists of Hill End from 1945 and an Australian sculpture collection as well as touring shows.

For motor racing enthusiasts, visit the famous Mount Panorama racing circuit which is a public road for most of the year with private residences and businesses located around the circuit. While you are there, view the National Motor Racing Museum located on the famous Mount Panorama racing circuit, and see a selection of race winning cars, motorcycles, photographs, trophies and other racing memorabilia.

If you fancy a dip, visit the Bathurst Aquatic Centre which has a heated outdoor Olympic pool, a smaller indoor heated pool, a leisure pool incorporating a toddler's area, lazy river and pebble beach, as well as a spa and sauna.

For more water activities, visit the Chifley Dam where you can enjoy a wide variety of water sports - including skiing, sailing, power boating, canoeing, fishing and a safe swimming beach for the little ones.

Relax after a day of sightseeing by sipping on exquisite cool climate wines and tasting fresh produce from the region. Bathurst dining experiences range from fast food outlets to award winning restaurants and wine buffs can stock up on award winning wines right from the vineyard or from one of the local bottle shops.

Approximately 75 kilometres south of Bathurst are the amazing Abercrombie Caves and Reserve. Entrance to the caves is through the magnificent Archway cave which is reputedly the largest cave of its type, south of the Equator. The limestone Abercrombie  Caves have stalagmites and stalactites, an array of columns and a river with a couple of stunningly beautiful pools. Take a guided tour and learn how many years ago the caves were a popular retreat for bushrangers on the run and then a ‘night club' for nearby workers.

More information

  • Information, prices and bookings - use the booking form on the left.
  • Check out VisitNSW.com for more information and exact dates of events in Bathurst.
  • Check out VisitNSW.com for other ideas on things to see and do in Bathurst.
  • Information on where to stay in Bathurst - view our holiday packages.