Bathurst is famed for its motor racing, but if you’re not about adrenaline and action, here are 9 things to do at your own speed.
1. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
With a permanent collection of more than 1500 works by 400 Australian artists, the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery displays curated exhibitions plus a diverse range of touring exhibitions.
2. Church Bar
Church Bar is set in an old Anglican church school house in a cobbled laneway, this cosy, dimly lit wood-fired pizza bar is perfect for a casual, cheerful meal.
3. The George Hotel
This family-friendly gastro pub has an ultra modern fit-out, a sophisticated menu and beverage list and superb service (thegeorgehotel.pub).
4. Webb & Co. Beverage Emporium
Tucked at the back of a heritage building, this small bar is a great place for a pre-dinner cocktail, craft beer or local wine.
5. Legall patisserie & cafe
Owned and run by Frenchman Philippe Le Gall, this popular cafe is renowned for its lemon tarts, macarons, éclairs, fruit tartlets and freshly baked bread.
6. Courtyard Décor
Whether you’re in the market for something for your home or just browsing, Courtyard Décor has a beautiful array of quality French Provincial-style pieces.
7. Motor Racing Museum
Because you can’t come to Bathurst and ignore it! The National Motor Racing Museum displays some 50 cars and bikes, images, and racing memorabilia. $15 per adult.
8. Lochinvar Luxury Cottages
Located just five minutes from town, Lochinvar Luxury Cottages are utterly cosy, come stocked with plentiful breakfast provisions, immaculate gardens and have lovely views across Macquarie Valley. From $240 per night, minimum two-night stay.
9. Mayfield Garden
Sydneysiders, stop at Mayfield Garden your way to/from Bathurst. This breathtaking 64-hectare property is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool-climate gardens and is inspired by an English country estate. From $10 per adult for entry to the Water Garden; $35 per adult for entry to the Private Garden (open selected dates of the year).