Bathurst Region Natural Wonders
When it comes to natural beauty, the Bathurst region is blessed. It is home to stunning crystal and limestone caves, walking tracks that take you deep into pristine bushland, and prehistoric fossils and dinosaur skeletons that will make you wonder what this part of the world looked like before humans arrived.
Explore the spectacular Abercrombie Caves. Walk through the Archway, the largest natural arch in the Southern Hemisphere, and enter another world – one bushrangers used as a hideout and miners turned into a makeshift dance hall. Join a guided tour, cross suspension bridges and climb ladders, then set up a tent and camp in the Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve.
The Grove Creek Falls walking track, which will take you through bushland to a splendid waterfall. For sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, climb to the top of Bald Hill lookout. Beaufoy Merlin lookout near Hill End will show you the scale of the area’s former goldfields.
Heritage and museums
The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst was billions of years in the making. It is home to some of the oldest fossils of life on Earth, including an impressive, intact Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton along with fossilised dinosaur eggs.
Northwest of Bathurst is Hill End, a historic mining village. Step back in time to the early days of the gold rush as you explore the Hill End Historic Site. Nearby, Bald Hill Tourist Mine will let you discover the depths of a colonial underground mine. In the village of Sofala, you can pan for gold dust in the Turon River.
Local tour operators such as Detour Adventures and Simmo’s Offroad Tours are a great option for exploring the surrounding area. They depart from Bathurst and take you into the depths of the gold mines, panning for gold, trout fishing and lots more.