Nature

Highlights

Explore some of the world’s rarest fossils and see dinosaur eggs at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, take a tour inside the majestic Abercrombie Cave, enjoy exhilarating walking trails in the Bathurst region and experience breathtaking lookouts.

  • Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst
  • Abercrombie Caves, Bathurst

Wonderful attractions around Bathurst

Discover the wonders of the Bathurst region, from prehistoric fossils to the age of dinosaurs to spectacular limestone caves. Enjoy delightful walking trails to waterfalls and a spectacular lookout over an area where colonial goldfields were known as ‘the richest quarter mile in the world’.

Begin your adventure at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst, which is a little over three hours’ drive northwest of Sydney in Country NSW. The museum houses some of the oldest fossils of life on Earth, fossilised dinosaur eggs and a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.

Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst

With many more things to do and see, adventure tours such as Detour Adventures, Simmo’s Offroad Tours, Scenic Dune Buggies Hill End and Explore Hill End are a great way to experience the attractions. There are guided tours too of the Abercrombie Caves’ amazing underground world.

The caves are southwest of Bathurst, which is home to splendid heritage buildings and the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit. Camping is allowed in the Abercrombie Karst Nature Reserve, where the Grove Creek Falls walking track will take you through bushland to a splendid waterfall.

Abercrombie Caves, Bathurst

Northwest of Bathurst is the Hill End Historic Site in Hill EndBeaufoy Merlin lookout is a great spot to grasp the scale of the former goldfields. Another vantage point with breathtaking views is Bald Hill lookout.

You can join a gold-fossicking tour in the area or pan for gold dust in the Turon River near the historic gold mining village of Sofala, a scenic drive east of Hill End.

Beaufoy Merlin Lookout, Hill End

  1. Abercrombie Caves

    Abercrombie Caves

    The entrance to the Abercrombie Caves is through the majestic Archway. Solid masses of marble decorate the walls of the caves highlighted by the soft natural light entering from each end.More than...

  2. Bald Hill Lookout

    Bald Hill Lookout

    Bald Hill lookout offers stunning views of historic Hill End’s countryside. It’s a short three kilometre drive from the town centre and offers magnificent sunset moments. Be prepared for gusty winds as you travel up...

  3. Bald Hill Walking Track

    Bald Hill Walking Track

    Bald Hill walking track is an easy walk that meanders through open woodlands, past the historic relics of old mine workings. Situated in Hill End Historic Site, this scenic loop walk begins on Reef Street and offers...

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