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.


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  1. Bathurst Outdoor Expo and Christmas Markets

    Saturday 17 November 2018 to Sunday 18 November 2018 , Bathurst

    Bathurst Outdoor Expo and Christmas Markets is an annual event which has been running for over 20 years, they aim to bring a wide variety of exhibitors together for this one event. Held at the Bathurst Showground, they try to cater to…

    17 Nov - 18 Nov
  2. Bathurst Truck Show

    Saturday 17 November 2018 , Bathurst

    See over 100 big rigs on display with all makes and models ranging from Kenworth to Volvo, Western Star and Mack plus much more, from vintage to the latest models it will all be polished and proudly on show. Trade stalls will also be on…

    17 Nov
  3. Hill End Ghost Tour

    Saturday 17 November 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…

    17 Nov - 27 Jul
  4. Bathurst Miniature Railway

    Sunday 18 November 2018 to Sunday 16 June 2019 , Bathurst

    Bathurst Miniature Railway - operates every third Sunday of the month. The Miniature Railway is located next to the Tennis Centre in Durham Street. Train rides are available weather permitting and passengers must wear covered footwear. …

    18 Nov - 16 Jun
  5. Bathurst Farmer’s Market

    Saturday 24 November 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. …

    24 Nov - 27 Apr
  6. The Inland Sea of Sound Festival

    Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Bathurst

    A major festival of music, arts and culture staged in the iconic location of Wahluu – Mount Panorama. The festival will bring together some of Australia's most prominent artists during the two-day music feast. Please visit the website…

    30 Nov - 01 Dec