Bathurst Things to Do

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    BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 2

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    “THE COURT HOUSE”

    After having a look at the names on the plaques [1], continue walking along the street to the historic COURT HOUSE, built in Neo-Classical style in 1880. The Courthouse is known as "Bathurst's most distinguished public building," a saying I totally agree with!
    It was designed by colonial architect James Barnet, and has an octagonal Renaissance copper clad dome. The main building is flanked by two colonnaded wings, now occupied by the Bathurst Historical Society/Museum in the East wing, and the Central West Music Centre in the west wing.
    The quadrangle lawn was the site of the previous small court house which was demolished when the present one was completed.

    The Court house is on the National Trust Register and is regarded as 'one of Australia's finest examples of Victorian public architecture'.

    LOCATION on Russell street, between William & George Streets, in the City Centre.

    Beautiful Bathurst Court House One of the courthouse wings
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    BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    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.

    On the way to our 1st stop Street in Bathurst
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    BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 18

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    '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 Canola, we arrived at the Migrant Camp to find all that was left were 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, so accommodation was in the ex-army style - 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 all over Australia. The Migrants living here really had a tough time! The Barracks were run-down and were in need of constant repair. Privacy was nearly nil! At night, the single people slept in narrow iron beds set out in dormitory style, while the married quarters were partitioned off into separate sections.
    The camp was thought to be a self-contained township, as it had a communal kitchen, school and ablution blocks and was separate from Bathurst.

    This may have been ok if 1,500 Migrants lived here, the same number as soldiers that lived here, but this didn't happen. Between 1948 and 1952,nearly 100,000 people were living here, the least ever in camp was 8,000 people, just imagine the cramped living quarters, it must have been terrible, and what a way to enter a new country, one that you are going to call home! A tent city sprung up to help with the problem of too many people. Conditions did improve, and in 1952 when the Camp closed down, there were 11 all-inclusive residential blocks where up to 6,000 people could live in reasonable comfort.

    Luckily, this Migrant Camp was only a stopover for migrants. Here they had English lessons and learnt about the Australian culture before being resettled elsewhere where they could build their own home and find work to begin their new life in Australia.
    Most migrants only stayed for weeks or at the most a few months at the camp.

    There are no buildings left to see, just the notice telling you about the camp.

    If you would like to know more about this camp, then the website I have listed makes quite interesting reading.

    yellow fields of flowers on the way there Information on the Migrant Camp
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    BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 16

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    “HOLY TRINITY CHURCH”

    The heritage listed Holy Trinity Church, was the first permanent Church to be built west of the Blue Mountains. The Anglican Church has been sitting high on a hill in Bathurst since 1835 and still is being used.
    As with most Australian churches, there was no chance of seeing the inside, unless I was there for a Church service!

    The church was the 1st Anglican church to be consecrated in Australia.

    Even though I couldn't see inside, I have read that much of the interior's fixtures and fittings have been donated to the Church by the early Pioneers and their descendants. It would have been nice to see these historical items.
    Next to the Church is the historic graveyard containing the graves of many of the early Pioneers. I love looking around these old grave-yards, this one in particular is quite interesting as it is so old. The first person buried here was Lt. J. Fennell, Commandant of Bathurst dated July 1826.

    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.

    The website will show you photos of the lovely old Organ.

    In the Church graveyard Holy Trinity church
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    "BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE" – 7

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    “ROYAL HOTEL”

    This heritage Hotel opened its doors in 1840, as a single storey building known as the "Good Woman Inn." In the late 1890's, the building became a 3 storey high Colonial Georgian Hotel, with late Victorian detailing and beautiful cast iron balustrading.
    Back then, to stay at the Royal Hotel was 18/-, quite a bit of money in those days, perhaps having a hotel car to meet you at the train station added to the cost.

    Lots of famous people have stayed here.

    Now you can stay at the Mews Apartments which has boutique two bedroom, two bathroom apartments that are fully self- contained.
    If your staying here during Bathurst Car Race Week, there is a bus that stops nearby to take you to Mount Panorama Race track.

    Royal hotel
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    MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST 1000

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    “BATHURST 1000”

    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.

    SOME FACTS………..

    • 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...........
    www.v8supercars.com.au

    At the start The Conrad straight
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    DRIVE THE MT. PANORAMA RACE TRACK

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    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 60kph. 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 and Kangaroo's to watch out for!

    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!

    Heading up the start of the Nice gardens on the circuit Heading through the
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    NATIONAL MOTOR RACING MUSEUM & MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    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.

    THE MUSEUM.................
    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

    Peter Brock Memorial
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    BATHURST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    This should be your 1st stop when arriving in Bathurst.

    This centre has so much excellent information, plenty of FREE BROCHURES AND MAPS ON BATHURST AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
    There are souvenirs for sale, quite reasonably priced, A Café, free toilets, and plenty of off- street parking.

    Also in the centre, is a Cobb & Co coach, and a 1909 Model D28 Brush Motor Car.

    This car was manufactured in Detroit, USA, in late 1909, and exported to Australia in early 1910 to a Mr. Morvyn Stewart of Bathurst. A 100 years later, and this old car still runs perfectly.
    Alongside the display and in the centre, are photos and more information on the car and owner, and and a ‘takeaway’ brochure giving information about it.

    A must do if you have time, is the ‘ROTARY HERITAGE DRIVE OF BATHURST’ Pick up the Tourist drive brochure from the info centre.

    LOCATION …1 Kendall Ave, (Great Western Highway) Bathurst, Opposite the Bathurst Showgrounds as you approach the city from Sydney.

    Cobb & Co. coach & Brush Motor car Info on brush motor car Part of the Information centre
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    Motorbikes galore

    by globetrott Written Nov 1, 2014

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    Motorbikes galore

    There are Motorbikes galore as well in the Bathurst National Motor Racing Museum, but I always prefer taking a look mainly at the cars. But for those of you who are interestested in motorbikes with and without sidecars here are some examples of the exhibits that will be there for you and I will also post some more photos in the travelogues.
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    The National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst
    is open daily from 9.00am until 4.30pm
    Closed 25 December (Christmas Day) and some other selected holidays
    adults payed in 2014: 12,50 AUS $ & children 5,50 AUS $

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    The Courthouse of Bathurst

    by globetrott Written Nov 1, 2014

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    The Courthouse of Bathurst

    This is the old Courthouse of Bathurst, a really impressive building that fences 3 sides of a large garden with colonaded buildings. The Courthouse is one of Australias best examples for public architecture made in Victorian style and it was opened in July 16th, 1880.
    Courthouses are always made quite impressive all over the places that I have visited in Australia and even small villages have a courthouse that looks mostly a bit oversized. The courthouse is listed by the National Trust and still used for petty sessions and as a court for the district. In the east Wing of the building you will find the District Historical Museum and the westwing by the Mitchell Conservatorium.

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    Munro Memorial Fountain

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Munro Memorial Fountain

    This is the Munro Memorial Drinking Fountain, that was errected in Machattie Park in 1891 as a memorial to the Munro Family. It is a fine work of art, made of cast iron.

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    some great architecture in the city centre

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Here you can see some great architecture that I found in Bathurst in the citycentre around the area where you find the monuments and the old Courthouse. Bathurst is a town that was founded in 1815 and it has about 30.000 inhabitants nowadays. Bathurst is also considdered to be the oldest town of Australia that was founded Inlands !
    Bathurst has a small Airport and a Train-Connection to Sydney.

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    The Machattie Park

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    The Machattie Park

    This is the Machattie Park, named that way in order to honour the Memory of Dr. Richard Machattie who was a Physician, Surgeon and Civic Leader.
    On the area of the park there used to be the first Bathurst Gaol that was used untill the year 1860 and where lots of notorious criminals were executed in public.

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    The Kings Parade Carillon

    by globetrott Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    The Kings Parade Carillon

    This is the Kings Parade Carillon that was built next to the monument that was dedicated to soldiers who had served in the 1899 South African War. The Carillon is ment as well for the soldiers who were fighting in WW I , WW II, The Korea-war and the wars in Vietnam and Malaysia.
    The Carillon has a total of 35 bells in the size of up to 8 kgs and you will be able to walk inside.

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