3 October 2013
This year, the Great Race will be held from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 October, and for the first time in 15 years, a whole new field of car manufacturers will race.
The now world-famous Bathurst 1000 didn’t start this way. Originally held on Phillip Island in Victoria, the race began its days as the Armstrong 500. Since then, Mount Panorama has welcomed a bevy of the world’s best supercars and drivers to its 1,000km of winding mountain road race.
The name Bathurst is known around the globe as the home of one of the world’s premier motor racing locations, but interested visitors will find that there’s so much more to this culturally rich area than fast cars and tight corners.
There are some truly unique experiences to be had, and they’re simply not to be missed. Here are three of our favourites.
If you fancy a spot of spelunking, the Abercrombie Caves are the place to be. The natural beauty of this area, abundant in marble masses and looming stone structures, is highlighted by a soft natural light that crawls into the caves from each end.
This beautiful spot has been appreciated by locals and visitors from further afield for decades. Over 100 years ago the gold miners in the area built a platform in the caves for functions such as dances, weddings and concerts, making it a truly unique venue in New South Wales, and in the world.
It seems a waste to go to the effort of planning a trip to Bathurst for the Great Race but not stopping for a visit to the museum dedicated to all things sport related.
Nestled in next to the circuit itself, the museum guides you through half a century worth of the fascinating history of the sport – thrills, spills and automobiles together.
Alongside displays on the people and achievements of this particular race, the museum gives a nod to everything related to motor racing in Australia. You’ll learn more than you ever thought about all things from solar-powered racing, to touring, rallying and drag racing.
With a yearly pilgrimage of thousands of people to the area, the restaurants, cafes and bars of Bathurst have designed menus and dishes worthy of the standard of dining in the big cities.
Cobblestone Lane Restaurant is particularly worthy of a mention for its flavours, history and atmosphere. Convicts built the well here, and the dining room still shows signs of its history as a department store. So, it might be easy to forget that you’re in one of the finest restaurants in the area – until the food arrives, in which case you’ll have trouble focusing on anything else.