Bathurst Area

With colonial goldfields, dinosaur skeletons, limestone caves and gorgeous heritage buildings and parks, the Bathurst region is exciting and beautiful. You’ll find enthralling things to do and see, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

Getting to Bathurst in Country NSW is easy, with several options. The drive northwest of Sydney, via the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, is a little over three hours. Or take a scenic train, also through the Blue Mountains, from Sydney to Bathurst, or fly into Bathurst Airport and rent a car.

Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum - Bathurst

You’ll find plenty of tours and places to stay in the region, including in the gold rush towns of Hill End and Sofala, where you can try your luck gold panning. An exciting events calendar of festivals and sports includes the world-famous Bathurst 1000 at Australia’s home of motor racing, the unforgiving Mount Panorama. Enjoy the Royal Bathurst Show and the National Cool Climate Wine Show.

Amble along pretty tree-lined streets and admire the heritage architecture in one of Australia’s oldest inland colonial settlements. Visit Chifley Home, once the residence of prime minister Ben Chifley, and the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, home to wonderful collections. There are cellar doors such as Vale Creek Wines and savour local produce at restaurants and the Bathurst Farmers Market.

Abercrombie Caves - Bathurst

Gold in payable amounts was first discovered in the region in the early 1850s, sparking the Australian gold rush. The world’s largest single piece of reef gold, the Beyers and Holtermann specimen, was found in 1872 in the Hill End goldfields, northwest of Bathurst. You can experience what it was like to mine gold underground in colonial times at the Bald Hill Tourist Mine.

One of the spectacular natural attractions is the Abercrombie Caves, southwest of Bathurst. Enter the limestone caves through the Archway, the largest natural arch in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a tour and discover this amazing underground world. There are campgrounds nearby, too.

Bathurst Airport

Fly into Bathurst Airport

Bathurst Airport is located 7 km from Bathurst’s town centre. Make the short trip west to the city using the local coach operator or taxi services available at the terminal. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Bathurst.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Hill End Ghost Tour

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 27 July 2019 , Hill End

    There are plenty of ghosts reported in Hill End a true Ghost Town. Join them for a four hour Ghost Tour and you be the Judge. This event is for anyone interested in Ghosts, Hauntings, History or The Supernatural. They will be conducti…

    22 Sep - 27 Jul
  2. Bathurst Farmer’s Market

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 27 April 2019 , Bathurst

    A Lions Club of Bathurst Project. Wander through the pavilions and sample or buy fresh regional produce. The market’s aim is to encourage stalls with goods that are grown and / or produced within the Bathurst and Central West Regions. Loca…

    22 Sep - 27 Apr
  3. Bathurst Edgell Jog

    Sunday 23 September 2018 , Bathurst

    The annual Bathurst Edgell Jog is on again this September. Join the biggest 7.5 kilometre fun run in country New South Wales. Paper entry forms can be collected from Cityfit Bathurst, Sportspower Bathurst, Harvey World Travel, Sportscene B…

    23 Sep
  4. Bathurst AH and P Spring Horse Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Bathurst

    Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association present the Spring Horse Show over two days. The event includes an equestrian show, with competitive Showjumping, Hacking (ridden classes), Breed classes and timed skill event…

    29 Sep - 01 Oct
  5. The Great Race Festival Off-Track Events

    Thursday 04 October 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Bathurst

    The off-track festivities will start with the B-Rock Super Wednesday where you can cheers on your favourite teams as the Supercars Transporters and drivers make a spectacular entrance when they roar in Bathurst with the impressive B-Double …

    04 Oct - 07 Oct
  6. Legendary Moments Dinner

    Thursday 04 October 2018 , Bathurst

    Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to Legends of the Great Race as they relive some of their historical and most memorable moments on Mount Panorama. Join Mark Winterbottom as you sit back and enjoy your two course meal w…

    04 Oct