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.
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.
Northwest of Bathurst is the Hill End Historic Site in Hill End. Beaufoy 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.