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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Autumn Colours Program

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , 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 go…

    26 Apr - 13 May
  2. Bathurst Farmer’s Market

    Saturday 28 April 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. Loca…

    28 Apr - 27 Apr
  3. Bathurst Half Marathon

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Bathurst

    The Bathurst Half Marathon and 10 kilometre run is a fast, flat event, usually run in cool conditions in the friendly town of Bathurst. It is well known as the best free sausage sizzle in NSW, which also includes a running race. Cash pr…

    29 Apr
  4. Bathurst NRL

    Friday 04 May 2018 , Bathurst

    Bathurst NRL will bring round nine of the NRL Telstra Premiership to Carrington Park on Friday May 4. Be there for the epic battle between the Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys kicking off at 7.50pm. Get your tickets now throu…

    04 May
  5. Bathurst Arts Trail

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 05 August 2018 , Bathurst

    Painters, potters, glass artists, sculptors and printmakers showcase their talents in town and country studios and galleries. Look for the golden Bali flags that indicate artists' locations. Check availability of artists on website or at Ba…

    05 May - 05 Aug
  6. Bathurst Arts Trail

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 05 August 2018 , Bathurst

    Painters, potters, glass artists, sculptors and printmakers showcase their talents in town and country studios and galleries. Look for the golden Bali flags that indicate artists' locations. Check availability of artists on website or at Ba…

    05 May - 05 Aug