University Campus Tour
A lot of high school students take advantage of the university tour, as it's "Open Day Everyday". But you don't have to be a student to take the tour.
Charles Sturt University - Bathurst is actually quite a lovely campus, with modern buildings set against a country backdrop.
As you can see in the picture I snapped, there are even a few resident kangaroos!
If you're in the area, the campus tour is a great idea for a beautiful quiet stroll!
BEN CHIFLEY DAM
The building of this Dam commenced in 1947, and wasn't completed until 1956. The Dam, named after a Prime Minister of Australia name Ben Chifley, is located on the Campbell River, and is a nice area for water sports or that quiet holiday by the water.
It has a picnic area with shelters, BBQ's, a Children's playground with a flying fox, Toilet block and a safe swimming beach.
There are two boat ramps if you have your own boat, or you can hire equipment from the Kiosk.
Fishing is allowed.
There are different types and levels of Cabins, with the Mediterranean cabin (has 3 units) sleeping between 4-9 people.
The Pacific Cabins are fully self-contained with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and kitchen & living
rooms, and they sleep between 16 - 20 people.
You need to bring bed linen, blankets, towels, pillows, food drinks, perhaps extra chairs.
The Cabins are what was used by the Athletes in the Sydney Olympic games in 2000.
Bookings and information on the Cabins is through the Bathurst Visitor information centre at 1 Kendall drive, Bathurst
It looks a nice place for a water sport holiday.
Located on 20mins from Bathurst...Take the Perthville road and follow the signs to the Dam.
BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 17
“MACQUARIE RIVER PARK”
Located in this area are many sights to see.
At the corner of Hereford & Stanley streets is a historical building on the corner, built in 1860 for a local Banker and Station owner.
Located behind it on Stanley street, is Old Government House. This is the only brick building remaining from Governor Macaquarie’s time. At our time of visit, (2009) it was closed for renovations.
Across the road, on the River bank, are the “OKHUMA JAPANESE GARDEN” These gardens were a gift from Bathurst’s Sister City – Okhuma, who sent two gardeners to landscape this site.
A little further along Stanley street, is the “ FOUNDATION CAIRN’ Nearby, is the “HERITAGE WALL”
There is a “PEACE PARK” with nice gardens, and some interesting Sculptures in the park.
Bathurst - is there something else other than cars
"Thars gold in them thar hills"
The thought crossed my mind that the three major Australian gold mining towns of the past all had names starting with "B", the other two being Bendigo and Ballarat in Victoria.
The reason for Bathurst's being still has resonance today in the stylish architecture and nearby villages that still flaunt their gold enriched heritage, such as Hill End and Sofala.
When I think of Bathurst though, I have to admit that Mount Panorama, arguably the world's greatest racing car track, always comes to mind. I can claim to have seen Jack Brabham race around there in an Australian Grand Prix, how long ago I don't even want to think about. Suffice it to say that I returned, some years ago now, thinking to watch the motorbikes go around, and the roar of the engines as they screamed up Mountain Straight made my hairs stand on end. There's simply nothing quite like it.
I also think of Bathurst in terms of spacious streets and parks, a well laid out town that would be pleasant to live in and is certainly pleasant to visit.