Enjoy splendid heritage buildings, a close encounter with a T.Rex dinosaur and the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit in Bathurst, a vibrant regional city in NSW. You’ll discover a rich heritage, exciting festivals and events, and acclaimed local wines.
On the banks of the beautiful Macquarie River, Bathurst is an inviting town of pretty tree-lined streets, gorgeous parks and wonderful heritage buildings. The home of Australian motor racing, Bathurst is also the site of one of the great motor racing circuits in the world, Mount Panorama.
Bathurst was transformed by the Australian gold rush, which began in the Bathurst region in the early 1850s. Today, this vibrant regional city is brimming with fascinating things to do and an exciting events calendar. The Inland Sea of Sound is a popular music festival.
Getting to Bathurst, northwest of Sydney, is easy, whether by car, train or plane, and you’ll find plenty of places to stay. Explore the rich architecture, including Bathurst Court House and Abercrombie House, a grand mansion offering tours and occasional high tea, jazz evenings and classical music performances.
Motor racing is a big drawcard. Mount Panorama features several international endurance events, including the Bathurst 12 Hour and the famous Bathurst 1000. You can drive around the circuit when it’s not being used for racing and next to the track is the National Motor Racing Museum.
Another magnificent attraction is the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has a wonderful collection of Australian paintings, including of the striking landscape around Hill End, the historic goldmining town northwest of Bathurst.
You’ll be delighted too with the food and wine experiences, from wine tastings to quality restaurants and cafes. Taste cool-climate wines at cellar doors such as Vale Creek Wines and at the annual National Cool Climate Wine Show. The Wintery Winery Wander is a delicious event. For beer lovers, visit Two Heads Brewing and Fish River Valley Brewing, a short drive southeast of Bathurst.