Arts and heritage
The first purpose-built regional gallery in NSW, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) houses a wide collection of contemporary art, but it’s not the only place to admire artistic works or local heritage… Go on a walk and explore the city’s heritage-listed architecture, such as the grand Victorian Bathurst Court House and Abercrombie House, a mansion that dates back to the 1870s.
The region is also home to a number of gold rush era attractions, such as the History Hill Museum, which displays artefacts and exhibits; the Bathurst Goldfields, a reconstruction of a gold mining village; and Tambaroora Creek, where you can go fossicking.
Events and attractions
The annual six-day Bathurst 1000 is arguably the highlight of Bathurst’s racing calendar, and brings a torrent of revheads to town. But there are plenty more events on Mount Panorama each year, such as Bathurst Autofest. And even if your trip doesn’t coincide with any races, you can still visit the National Motor Racing Museum, and even drive on the Mount Panorama track, which is actually a public road.
The city also plays host to the annual Royal Bathurst Show in January, the Inland Sea of Sound music festival in February and the Bathurst Winter Festival in July.
Don’t leave without paying a visit to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, home to Australia’s largest collection of fossils and minerals, including a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
Nature and outdoors
From Bathurst it’s an hour’s drive to the limestone Jenolan Caves, or a 30-minute drive to the vast gardens of Mayfield.
Tours and packages
Go off-road with Detour Adventures, which offers full- and half-day 4WD trips deep into the local bush, where you might spy kangaroos, wallabies or echidna. The operator and its offshoot, Bathurst Tours, also offer seasonal mushroom foraging trips and a plethora of other, more bespoke, options.
On the third Saturday of each month outside of winter, you can jump onboard the Bathurst Wine Explorer tour, which visits two of Bathurst’s ‘hidden’ wineries, and includes lunch at Abercrombie House.