Bathurst Area

Historic goldfields, spectacular limestone caves and gorgeous heritage buildings. There’s many fun things to do in the vibrant Bathurst region, including a visit to the gold rush towns of Hill End and Sofala, and seeing a Tyrannosaurus rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

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

Dinosaur skeletons at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst

You’ll find plenty of activities and places to stay in the region. There is also an action-packed events calendar, which includes the world-famous Bathurst 1000 at Australia’s home of motor racing, Mount Panorama; the Royal Bathurst Show; and the National Cool Climate Wine Show.

In Bathurst, walk along leafy streets and admire heritage architecture. Visit the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Chifley Home, the home of former prime minister Ben Chifley. Enjoy cellar doors such as Vale Creek Wines, and savour local produce at restaurants and the Bathurst Farmers Market.

Inside the giant Archway Cave in the Abercrombie Caves, near Bathurst

Gold in payable amounts was first discovered in the region in the early 1850s, sparking the first Australian gold rush. The world’s largest piece of reef gold was found in the Hill End goldfields. You can experience what it was like in a colonial underground mine at the Bald Hill Tourist Mine.

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

Bathurst Airport

Fly into Bathurst Airport

Bathurst Airport is 7km from Bathurst’s town centre. Make the short trip west into the city using the local coach operator, the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. 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 onto Bathurst.

Things to Do and Places to Stay