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

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  1. Autumn Colours Program

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019 , Bathurst

    Autumn is traditionally the time when the Bathurst region focuses upon its rich and fascinating past, with many of the region’s historic sights brought to life through a series of tours and activities. These provide a rare opportunity to…

    26 Apr - 19 May
  2. Hill End Ghost Tour

    Saturday 27 April 2019 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…

    27 Apr - 27 Jul
  3. Bathurst Farmers' Market

    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. …

    27 Apr
  4. The Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show

    Friday 03 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Bathurst

    The Royal Bathurst Show is regarded as the best west of Sydney and boasts an average annual attendance in excess of 20,000 people. The only other NSW Royal Show is organised and run by the Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral…

    03 May - 05 May