Things to do in Bathurst
311 Ophir Road Bathurst | P 02 6331 4929 | W abercrombiehouse.com.au
This heritage treasure of the region was built in the 1870s by the Stewart family. It has been extensively restored and preserved over the past 40 years by current owners, the Morgan family, who delight in welcoming visitors throughout the year for guided and self-guided tours of this 50 room Scottish Baronial mansion.
Cnr Durham & Mitre Streets Bathurst
Discover all the fun of this exciting playground, ideal for kids of all ages. Bring along the bikes and take a ride around the bike education play space or experience the fun of the flying fox, swings, climbing wall and slides. With picnic tables, free electric BBQs and public toilets it’s a great place for a family outing.
Ash’s Speedway Museum
2/10 Bradwardine Road Bathurst | P 0414 240 164 | W ashspeedwaymuseum.co.au
This museum houses the largest collection of speedway memories in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring items dating back to the 1920s from Bathurst, Australia and all over the world as well as memorabilia from the days of local rider ‘Bluey’ Wilkinson who was World Speedway Champion in 1938 and other great stars.
Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
224 Howick Street Bathurst | P 02 6331 5511 | W somervillecollection.com.au
Right in the heart of Bathurst in an historic school house is a display of close to 2000 fossil and mineral specimens from the world renowned Somerville Collection. The main features are the T.rex skeleton and Australia’s largest collection of fossils in amber – a must see for everyone.
Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst
1080 Trunkey Road Perthville | P 02 6337 2383 I M 0429 337 439 | W barcoosbarn.com.au
Enjoy interactive farm activities for the whole family on a genuine Australian working farm around 10 minutes drive from Bathurst. Take a sled or cart ride; a led pony ride; help feed the chickens, lambs and maybe a calf. Accommodation is available on the farm too.
Bathurst Aquatic Centre
Elizabeth Street Bathurst | P 02 6331 3333 | W bathurstaquatic.com.au
The centre features a heated outdoor 50m pool, a 25m heated indoor pool as well as a leisure pool with toddler’s area, lazy river and pebble beach. After working up an appetite in the water refreshments are available at the Dip Cafe. You can purchase all the right equipment at the swim shop and the complex is open every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Bathurst District Historical Museum
Bathurst Courthouse Russell Street Bathurst | P 02 6330 8455 | W bathursthistory.org.au
The museum houses a collection of over 2000 artefacts including a section of a carved tree that could have marked a Wiradyuri ceremonial site or grave. It is also home to the Bathurst Archives whose extensive family history records are available to research for a small fee.
Bathurst Flag Staff
Stanley Street Bathurst | W visitbathurst.com.au
To celebrate Bathurst’s 200th birthday, the flag staff was installed on the site where Governor Macquarie had declared the town site on 7 May 1815.Around the viewing platform are etched glass panels featuring Wiradyuri designs of Girawu (the tree goanna) and the Biladurang (platypus) dreaming. Take a look at this spectacular site at night.
428 Conrod Straight Bathurst | P 02 6332 2022 | W bathurstgoldfields.com.au
The Goldfields is a carefully re-created 1850s gold mining village with hands-on interactive activities, demonstrations and entertainment providing educational tours for groups. Hear stories about the characters and the rich history of the gold rush period. At set times during school holidays the diggings are open for guided tours.
Bathurst Golf Club
136 Vittoria Street Bathurst | P 02 6331 4144 | W bathurstgolf.com.au
Test your skills on this 18 hole championship course with superb greens and fairways. Members, guests and visitors are welcome to use the practice facilities consisting of two putting greens, two nets and a fairway. The golf centre offers all the latest equipment and coaching can be booked with the club pro.
70-78 Keppel Street Bathurst | P 02 6333 6281 | W bathurstregion.com.au
The library is a pleasant place for a good read, to catch up on the news or search the internet with free WiFi access. Special reciprocal or temporary membership can be arranged for visitors and photocopying or faxing is available at a charge. There’s a collection of genealogical material that can assist with tracing family history and it’s open every day except for some public holidays.
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street Bathurst | P 02 6333 6555 | W bathurstart.com.au
One of the oldest regional galleries in NSW is home to a wonderful collection of artworks including drawings and prints by Lloyd Rees. A diverse range of exhibitions including works by local artists, selections from the permanent collection and work of the Hill End artists can be seen at various times with a changeover every six weeks. Open every day except Monday.
10 Busby Street Bathurst | P 02 6332 1444 | W chifleyhome.org.au
The only marital home of Australia’s 16th Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth is open for guided tours at set times. Original household furnishings and personal belongings are on display as well as gifts that were presented to Ben Chifley during his time in office. The Education Centre next door features changing exhibitions and additional displays.
P 1300 433 868 | W detouradventures.com.au
Sit back and enjoy the adventure in the comfort of a spacious four wheel drive catering for groups of up to· seven guests. Lunch can be provided on the tour, a stop at a country pub can be arranged or bring your own. A wide range of tours caters for all levels of adventure or a tour can be tailored to meet your needs. Tag along tours can also be arranged.
Fastjet Adventure Flights – Panorama Airways
P 02 6337 3737 I M 0409 455 084 | W panair.com.au
Looking for a high speed experience? Then why not treat yourself to the flight of your life in the L-39 Albatros jet. You’ll climb and roll at spectacular rates through the skies over the central west. However if you prefer a more sedate pace then a joyflight in a vintage Tiger moth may be more your style. Whatever your speed Panorama Airways will be happy to help.
624 Limekilns Road Kelso | P 02 6337 3634 | W heritageparkbathurst.com.au
Memorials at the entrance to Heritage Park reflect its history as a World War II army camp and migrant centre. Today the property offers real county experiences whether it be hay rides around the farm, a hands on visit to the animal nursery or attending a sheep and cattle show. Accommodation is available and it’s all just a short drive from the centre of Bathurst.
Jumbo’s Jungle Playhouse & Cafe
12 Littlebourne Street Bathurst | P 02 6332 6135 | W jumbosjungle.com
A great play centre that caters for kids from 0-10 years with indoor play equipment, an 18 hole mini golf course and large Laser Tag arena. Fully air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter it is a great place for family entertainment where parents can sit and relax with a coffee while the children play.
Memorial Walk Museum
Bathurst RSL Club 114 Rankin Street Bathurst | P 02 6333 2999 | W bathurstrsl.com.au
Inside the RSL Club is an impressive display of memorabilia from many theatres of war. The display includes machine guns, an aircraft propeller, miniature cannon and the original life sized bronze statue of a soldier from the Boer War Memorial in Kings Parade.
144 Piper Street Bathurst | P 02 6331 8000 | W metrocinemas.com.au
The 5 cinemas screen a fantastic selection of the latest blockbusters and family movies to suit all audiences. Each cinema features the latest sound technology, huge curved screens and high back chairs. Wheelchair access is available from the street directly into the cinemas and hearing assistance can be arranged.
Miss Traill’s House & Garden
321 Russell Street Bathurst | P 02 6332 4232 | W nsw.nationaltrust.org.au/properties/mth Originally built in 1845 the house reflects family life in Bathurst’s early days. Miss Ida Traill bought the house in 1931 bringing with her a valuable collection of family mementos dating back to early settlement. Upon her death in 1976 the house & its contents were bequeathed to the National Trust. Tours take place most weekends.
Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit
Bathurst | P 02.6332 1444 | W mount-panorama.com
For most of the year this scenic drive and world renowned motor racing circuit is a public road where visitors can drive a lap or two while paying attention to the two way traffic and 60krnh speed limit. Luxury accommodation, private residences and wineries can be found on the slopes of the Mount. For some it’s a rush, for others it’s a pilgrimage.
National Motor Racing Museum
Murrays Corner Mount Panorama Bathurst | P 02 6332 1872 | W nmrm.com.au
Alongside the motor racing circuit you’ ll learn about the history, personalities and achievements of Australian motor sport including speedway, solar, drag, rallying, open wheeler and of course touring cars. Of special interest is the history of motorcycle racing. Open every day, except Christmas Day.
Ohkuma Japanese Garden
Corner Stanley & Hereford Streets Bathurst
On the banks of the Macquarie River is an ideal place to rest and relax. The garden marking the close relationship between Bathurst and its Japanese sister city Ohkuma was a cooperative venture between the two councils with gardeners from Japan travelling to Bathurst to assist with the completion of the garden. It was officially opened on 27 March 1998.
Old Government Cottage
16 Stanley Street Bathurst (Behind No. 1 George Street) | P 02 6330 8455
This is possibly one of the oldest buildings still standing in Bathurst with various dates having been suggested for its-construction from 1817 to the 1850s. The single storey double brick cottage is located in the oldesfpart of the city, originally reserved for the Government depot. Gardens were restored with historic plantings during 2015, Bathurst’s bicentenary.
Pillars of Bathurst
Stanley Street Bathurst
The pillars are located in the Cultural Heritage Garden at Macquarie Park on the banks of the Macquarie River. Constructed from restored cast iron verandah posts that have an historic link to The Royal Hotel in William Street, the pillars commemorate past Bathurstians who have added something special to the story of the Bathurst region.
Simmo’s Off Road Tour
P 0415 641 343 | W simmosoffroadtours.com
Explore the region’s spectacular scenery on a fun and exciting 4WD tour. Your guide Simmo can pick up from Bathurst, Oberon, Orange and surrounding towns with popular day trips including Hill End, Sofala,-Jenolan or Abercrombie Caves, Kanangra Boyd or Abercrombie River National Parks. Tours are perfect for couples, families or groups of friends.
Things to do in the Region
Abercrombie Caves (Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve)
Goulburn Road Trunkey Creek | P 02 6368 8603 | W nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Apart from seeing the caves where bushrangers hid out in 1830 and the historic miners’ dance floor there are many other activities to do including bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, photography, fossicking or just relaxing. There’s plenty of room for camping too. The spectacular Grove Creek Falls are close by and worth a visit.
3458 Bathurst Road Hill End | P 02 6337 8222 | W historyhill.com.au
See this huge collection of rare and unusual artefacts from the gold rush with everything from gold scales and household items to Chinese relics and a full size replica of the Holtermann nugget. A self-guided tour with site map is available so you can explore the venue whenever the gates are open.
via Oberon | P 1300 763 311 | W jenolancaves.org.au
Awe-inspiring caverns and amazing limestone formations make these caves a ‘must see’ experience. Informative guides will show you through your choice of 10 show caves with all levels of fitness and age groups catered for. While in the area enjoy a wander along the scenic bush tracks, take a self-guided tour of the Nettle Cave or pop into the bistro for a bite to eat.
Rockley Mill & Stables Museum
Budden Street Reckley | P 02 6337 9381 or 02 6337 9279
About 25 minutes’ drive south of Bathurst in the historic village of Rackley is a converted mill that has been transformed into a museum full of interesting artefacts, historic mill machinery, old police records, newspapers, clothing and much more. Mainly open on Sundays with group bookings welcome. (Closed July & August).
Scenic Dune Buggies Hill End
Paling Yards 667 Ullamalla Road Hill End | P 02 6337 8277 | W scenicdunebuggies.com.au
Fun for everyone on guided dune buggy tours through 3000 acres of picturesque scenery. Travel along historic timbergetters’ trails and experience creek crossings and hill climbs. Buggies can seat two passengers and tours can be tailored to suit -from one hour to a weekend.
The Water Garden at Mayfield
530 Mayfield Road Oberon | P 02 6336 3131 | W mayfieldgarden.com.au
Extending over six acres, this spectacular garden is filled with many amazing man made features including stone bridges over ponds where carefully selected plants delight the senses. The retail plant nursery and kitchen care showcase the best of the garden’s produce. Open daily between 9.00am and 4.00pm.
Turon Technology Museum
5833 Ilford Road Sofala | P 02 6358 8434 | W turontechnologymuseum.com.au
The museum houses an impressive collection of steam and internal combustion engines dating from 1850 to 1950. Once a month the engines are run under steam and at other times by compressed air. The museum has disabled access and parking is available for buses, group bookings are essential. Also on site is the Kurremi Garden Railway, a model train enthusiasts’ delight that is open every 4th Sunday of the month.
Yarrabin Horse Riding
3253 Beaconsfield Road O’Connell) | P 02 6337 5712 | W yarrabin.com
Just 20 minutes drive from Bathurst is a country homestead with over 1000 hectares of gum forests, open paddocks and beautiful scenery. Packages can include horse riding, swimming, tennis, games, bush walking or just relaxing in the spa. Accommodation is available for families or groups and country style meals can be included.
Just a short drive from the city there’s a wealth of spots to indulge in your passion for the great outdoors. Fish in lakes, dams and streams, walk along trails or through parks, pitch a tent in a quiet spot or fossick for gold and gemstones in rivers and creeks.
Parks & Gardens
Bathurst is fortunate to have many beautiful parks and gardens which provide perfect picnic spots, places to rest and relax and playgrounds where children can burn off excess energy.
Cool Climate Wines
Bathurst is emerging as a cool climate wine growing region with many of the local wines available through bottle shops and restaurants. Cellar doors are open at various times where visitors can sample award winning wines.
Get Out Into The Country
Discover the natural beauty of the countryside and wander through the many historic villages that played an important part in the development of the region. Enjoy the spectacular scenery around the gold mining villages of Sofala, Wattle Flat, Hill End and Trunkey Creek or explore some of the early settlements like Rockley, Yetholme, Tarana and O’Connell.