The Museum is located at the entrance to the Motor racing circuit of Mt. Panorama, so you can't miss it.
We did not go inside, but stopped to have a look at the Peter Brock memorial which is outside.
He won Bathurst nine times out of 30 starts, and was known as ' THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN"
On 8 September 2006, he died in a tragic race car accident.
Many messages were left on the walls of the track, this became a very dangerous situation as there are no footpaths, so the proposed design for the memorial statue was of a life-sized Peter Brock holding the James Hardie trophy, whilst standing on top of his 1984 Holden VK Commodore was built. It was in this car he won the race in 1984, claiming his 7th Bathurst 1000 victory.
I have the brochure, and it says there are racing cars & bikes on display, and a unique collection of memorabilia. It also says, that if you are looking to re-live past Australian motor racing experiences then this museum is a must. There is a shop where you can buy merchandise and souvenirs at all different price levels.
OPEN DAILY 9 - 4.30pm
ADMISSION in 2009 ......$9 adults
This is probably one of a few race tracks in the world that you can actually drive on.
For most of the year, the track is a public road that leads to scenic lookouts. There is 2 way traffic, and the speed limit is 60ks. There are approx. 40 private residences located in and around the circuit, as well as Business's like Accommodation, Winery, Restaurant and fruit orchards, as well as other Sporting associations.
Go for a drive around the track, but do not speed, as the Police are often around to catch the “Rev Heads.”
Imagine being at the start, the roar of motors as you head up the Mountain around “Hell Corner” and up “Mountain straight”, through “the Cutting” and the “Esses” , getting around the tight “Forrests’s Elbow” and then hitting 300+kmsp/h down the 1.9km “Conrad Straight” before slowing for the “Chase tunnel” “The Chase,” and “Murray’s corner” and then receiving the checkered flag at the end of the “great race.”
Think of the fastest man, "Greg Murphy" who has the record of doing it in the time of 2.06.89.
And of Peter Brock, who won this race 9 times out of 30 starts.
It makes you understand how good the driver’s of these cars are!
The Mountain overlooks Bathurst, and is well known in Australia, as it is where the Bathurst 1000, for V8 cars motor race is held on the second weekend each October.
In 1938, the circuit that we see today, was officially opened, and in 1973, the 1st, 1000km race, the Hardie Ferodo 1000 took place. Later events have taken the name of whoever the Sponsor for that year is.
• The Racing circuit is 6.2 kms long.
• 2003 and GREG MURPHY, became the fastest man to complete a lap of the circuit in the time of 2.06.8594 in the “Top ten shoot out.”
• The current race lap record of 2.08.4651 was set by Jamie Wihincup in 2007.
• The “Mount” is the only major racing circuit that is a public road outside of race time.
• In his lifetime,”Peter Brock” won Bathurst 9 times, a feat that still has not been beaten.
• The highest point is 874mtrs above sea level.
The track is a demanding one and has taken its toll on the visiting racers, with 15 competitors losing their lives since it began in 1938.
Expect to be in amongst a crowd of 200,000 plus.... people when you are a spectator at the track over the weekend.
There are all types of Admission prices to all different areas.
To book for next year, check this website...........
At the top of Mount Panorama, there are several lookouts which you should stop at.
The McPhillamy Park lookout gives great views over the track and the “Esses”.
After having a look, drive a bit further along the lookout area for more 360degree views over areas surrounding Bathurst.
This heritage Hotel opened its doors in 1840. It was originally Colonial Georgian design, with late Victorian detailing, with the cast iron balustrading being added in 1890’s.
Lots of famous people have stayed here.
The building now has serviced apartments that offer accommodation for travellers.
LOCATION William Street, across the road from the South African War Memorial.
“HOLY TRINITY CHURCH”
This church can been sitting on the hill from areas in Bathurst. It dates back from 1835.
The doors were not open, so we were not able to have a look inside.
The church was the 1st Anglican church to be consecrated in Australia.
The Parish hall located at the foot of the hill, is actually older than the Church, and once was used as the 1st School in the district.
Located at the church is a Cemetery which has many old Graves.
LOCATION Follow Gilmour street, when you see the Church, turn into the driveway.
'BATHURST SHEEP & CATTLE DROME " & "BATHURST MIGRANT CAMP"
We followed the scenic drive to these places, but did not go into the Sheep & cattle drome.
Passing through pretty fields of bright yellow, we arrived at the Migrant Camp.
All that is here is memorials and some old guns. I don't know what i expected, but it was more than this!
The Bathurst Migrant Camp site had been an ex Army Camp. Basically the accommodation was in the ex-army style, i.e., unlined and unheated iron sheds and timber barracks which were freezing in winter and hot in summer.
This camp was used because there was an overall housing shortage and, therefore, very little other accommodation for the migrants. Many of the barracks were in very poor condition and needed constant repair.
For single people, narrow iron beds set out in dormitory style made up their quarters whilst the married quarters were partitioned off into separate sections. Either way there was no privacy.
Bathurst Migrant Camp, was only for transient stops before migrants were resettled elsewhere.
At the time of its closure in 1952, the camp housed the usual communal kitchen, school and ablution blocks and was considered to be self-contained township and separate from the wider Bathurst community.
However, the ex-army camp had been kitted out to house only 1,500 soldiers so, with the migrant influx, there was the inevitable overcrowding and a tent city was quickly erected. From its initial beginnings in 1948, till its closure, Bathurst Migrant Centre housed up to 100,000 people with 8,000 being the most at any one time.
Upon arriving in Sydney migrants were quickly put on a train to Kelso Railway Station and were taken by bus to the Migrant Camp.
There are no buildings left to see, just the notice telling you about the camp.
“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 SHOWGROUNDS” & “WOOLSTONE”
Some of the Showground’s buildings are on the National Trust classification.
The showground’s hold many events, with a regular one being the Bathurst Trots. In April, the Royal Bathurst Show is held.
The old historic home of “WOOLSTONE” can be seen a little further on from the Showgrounds.
In 1840, Thomas Kite built a small cottage, then 50 years later, his son built this magnificent two storey building over the Cottages.
LOCATION The Showgrounds are located opposite the information centre, on the Great Western highway, and Woolstone can be seen clearly from the highway, just over the Macquarie river, as you are approaching Kelso.
This is another home to visit included in the “Bathurst Historic Homes Pass.”
It was the home of the late Ben Chifley, born and raised in Bathurst, who was the PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA FROM 1945 – 1949, Treasurer, and leader of the Labor Party until his death in 1951.
Ben Chifley was known as “THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE”
This home will remind you of his humble beginnings, that his career began as a Railway engine driver at 26yrs of age, and that one day, he became Prime Minister of Australia!
It just shows, that anybody could do it, and he represented the “AUSSIE BATTLER, A PERSON WITH A WILL TO SUCCEED.”
He shaped Post-war Australia by increasing immigration, improved social welfare, as well as promoting Industrial & Scientific developments.
He inaugurated the important Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme, and the Holden Motor car.
This 5 roomed home, was his retreat during his years in Parliament. The original furnishings of the home are still as they were, and on display are pieces that were collected by himself and his wife Elizabeth, from 1914 to 1962.
This home is known as a “PERFECT TIME CAPSULE OF LIFE IN THE 1940’S”
OPEN SAT – MON 10 – 2PM
LOCATION …. 10 BUSBY STREET, BATHURST
Included in the pass to see 3 homes…. cost $15. (2009)
“ST. STANISLAUS COLLEGE”
This is a Catholic country boarding and a day school for boys.
The college is the oldest Catholic Boys Boarding school in Australia. Approximately 700+ students are here from years 7 to 12, this includes 180 boarders.
The College was established in 1867. In 1889, the "vincentaans" [priests & brothers of Society of Saint Vincent de Pauls] arrived from Ireland, with the purpose of taking over the College.
In 1896, the College became the site of the 1st XRAY for medical purposes in Australia. The xray showed the location of a gunshot in a shattered hand of an ex-student.
A magnificent building.
After leaving the Bathurst Information centre, with map in hand, head to Russell Street in the City centre.
Stop outside the Civic centre, and go for a walk, because here, on the pavement, is the ‘VICTOR’S WALK’.
This walk has plaques embedded into the concrete, with the names of the winner’s of the Bathurst 1000 that is held on Mount Panorama in October each year.
The 1st one is…..........Winner in 1963 Harry Firth/Bob Jane Ford Cortina GT,
took 7h 46m 99.1 to complete the circuit.
The last plaque ........Winner in 2008 Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon,
took 6h 26m 00.4291s to complete the circuit.
A MUST FOR CAR RACING ENTHUSIASTS
LOCATION Start at the corner of Russell & William streets, in the City Centre.
This Heritage drive, I think is a MUST DO in Bathurst. It is the best way to see the main sights of interest in this city.
The Tourist Information centre has a map and details on all that you are going to see.
Some of the residences are privately owned and can only be looked at from the road, others, if you are there on the weekend or their selected opening times, will be open for inspection.
It will take about 2 hours or more if like me, you stop and get out and have a look at the sights.
The total tourist drive is approx 29kms
The roads have arrowed signs, showing the way, but sometimes, these were not the easiest to follow because some had disappeared, really the Council needs to go around the streets and make sure they are all there.
Anyrate, we completed the whole circuit, and enjoyed it immensely.
So now, after having a look at the Cobb & Co. Coach in the Centre,we get in the Car and start our sightseeing tour of Bathurst.
This large cemetery is very old, and if you like reading old Tombstones, then you will find it very interesting. The plots are in different denominations. There is an old Church here that is no longer being used.
A walk around here was quite interesting.
LOCATION…… Near the Bathurst Gaol, on the Mitchell Highway.
The Gaol, located on a hill overlooking Bathurst, has magnificent sandstone gates which were hand carved from Sandstone quarried at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.
The Gaol cost 120,000 pounds, when it was built in 1888. This was a huge amount of money for that time!
There were riots here in 1974, and “hangings” also have taken place. The 1st hanging was believed to be in 1830, when the Ribbon Gang (group of convicts) were finally caught by the Troopers, tried and hung in November, 1830. Their uprising is called the Bathurst rebellion.