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.
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.
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.