Bathurst Travel Guide

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Bathurst Things to Do

  • NATIONAL MOTOR RACING MUSEUM & MEMORIAL

    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...

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  • DRIVE THE MT. PANORAMA RACE TRACK

    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,...

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  • MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST 1000

    “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...

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  • MOUNT PANORAMA LOOKOUTS

    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. Excellent!

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  • "BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE" – 7

    “ROYAL HOTEL”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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 16

    “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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 18

    '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...

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  • 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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 15

    “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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 14

    “CHIFLEY HOME” 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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 13

    “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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 1

    "VICTOR'S WALK"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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE

    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...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 12

    “BATHURST CEMETERY”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.

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 11

    “BATHURST GAOL”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....

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE –10

    “ABERCROMBIE HOUSE” This house (National trust classified) is actually being lived in, it’s a Private home. The home, a historic mansion, is built out of local granite, and is the only one in the Bathurst area open for public tours. It was originally the home of Bathurst pioneers “ the Stewart family.” It is now owned by Mr. Rex Morgan and the...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 9

    “DELAWAR” & “BATHURST BASE HOSPITAL”Located also in Russell street, not far from “Miss Trail’s home” is a beautiful, old double story home, named ‘DELAWAR.” This property belonged to the “Kelk” brothers who came to Bathurst with the early Pioneers. The house was named after their mother, who was the daughter of the Earl De Warre. Just a few houses...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 8

    “MISS TRAIL’S HOUSE & GARDEN”Miss Trail, was a well known Bathurst identity, who, upon her death in 1970, bequeathed her home and contents to the National Trust. Unfortunately, when I visited, the house was only open on the Weekend, so all that I got to see was the nice garden. This you are allowed to walk around when the House is not open.From...

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  • "BATHURUST HERITAGE DRIVE" - 6

    "GEORGE EVAN’S MEMORIAL”This memorial located at one end of “King’s Parade”, was constructed as part of Bathurst’s centenary celebrations, to commemorate the discovery of the Bathurst area by Surveyor George Evans in 1813. The foundation stone was laid in 1913, but the memorial wasn’t completed until 1920, due to shortage of building materials...

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  • "BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE" - 5

    "THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL"Was completed in 1909. In 1964, the name of “Peter Joseph Handcock , who had been executed with “Breaker Morant” for murdering Boer prisoners, was added to this Memorial.LOCATION King’s Parade, William street end, city centre.

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  • "BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE" - 4

    “KING’S PARADE – CARILLON"Cross over the road to the beautiful KINGS PARADE (The original market place). This park in Spring (Sept-Nov) is stunning, the garden beds are full of flowers. Located here is the Carillon and the Boer War Memorial. As more Wars have happened over time, then these have been added to the Carillon.The Carillon, an important...

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Bathurst Restaurants

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    by joseanes Written Dec 22, 2005

    Elegant decor, very amiable staff. Good variety of dishes, all of good quality. If you need to do a business lunch/dinner in Bathurst you will not be dissapointed.

    Favorite Dish: The filet mignon. However I skipped the blue cheese sauce. I like my steak naked.

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Bathurst Nightlife

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    by phoebelosophy Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    OK, so you don't go to university/college, but that's not a problem! You can still come and enjoy CSU - Bathurst's massive uni bar fun!!

    There are heaps of 'themed' nights (such as the Doctors & Nurses night shown in the picture).

    The uni bar usually operates on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. But there are some special occasions on Monday or Wednesday nights.

    $10 for non-students
    Free for students before 10pm

    The unibar starts around 9pm, but usually gets going around 10pm-11pm

    Dress Code: Smart-casual, although if there is a 'themed' night happening, you should find out before-hand as you may want to have a bit of fun and dress up!

    NO thongs (that's flip-flops!) - Basically you must have hard-soled shoes!

    Doctors & Nurses night
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Bathurst Transportation

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    by joseanes Written Dec 22, 2005

    For about 42 AUD you can get to or from Bahturst in a direct train that takes around 3.5 hours. You can even leave on a train that departs Sydney central at 6:20am, and arrives at 9:50am, and return on a train that leaves at 17:20pm and arrives sydney before 9pm for a daytrip.

    The train is fairly clean with simple foodservice. Don't expect too much luxury in coach class.

    Train Station - Bathurst

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Bathurst Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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  • VISIT ROCKLEY- OBERON -BEN CHIFLEY DAM

    We did a round tour from Bathurst to Oberon, had hoped to see “Mayfield Gardens” near Oberon which are one of the best in Australia. Unfortunately, they were only open on the weekend, so did not get to see them. These gardens are open in October, AND the Admission fee in 2009 was $20.We did find ROCKLEY, which is another historical village, listed...

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  • CHURCHES OF ROCKLEY

    St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (1870) and St Peter's Anglican Church (1867) were designed by a Mr. Edward Gell, the architect who designed the beautiful gates of the Bathurst Gaol.St Patrick's is typically High Victorian Gothic style made out of local rubblestone with a slate roof, a rather pretty Church.....and........St Peter's has decorative...

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Bathurst Sports & Outdoors

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    by phoebelosophy Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    This is the reason why Bathurst becomes deluged with an incredibly large amount of people - to watch the famous Bathurst 1000 car race.

    Bring your Holden or Ford to the Mt Pan pitstop and enjoy 4 days of rumbling engines and super-fast precision driving.

    Definitely a must-see if you are in Bathurst at the start of October - and I'm sure it's on your list if you are a rev head!

    Best place to sit is within the grandstand or an alternative is to get a cheaper paddock pass.

    When: October 6th - 9th 2005

    Where: Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW

    How much: Grandstand -
    Mountain Straight $230-$260
    Pit Straight $190-$220

    General admission -
    $104 4-day pass
    $90 Weekend admission
    $70 Sunday admission

    General admission with paddock pass -
    $134 4-day pass
    $120 Weekend general admission
    $100 Sunday admission.

    *Note - these prices are based on Adult admission - see website for further details.

    BONUS!!! - If you wait until 4pm on the Sunday you can get in for FREE!! Yes that's right FREE! So you can watch the winning cars do their final laps for FREE!! Just walk in.

    Equipment: Don't forget your sunglasses and suncream. A fold-up chair would be handy if you're not sitting in the grandstand/members area, and if you're staying for the day take some food (or you could risk the hotdog seller).

    There is also the option of camping on Mount Panorama, however, there have been instances of sexual harassment upon women while camping so I would recommend a large group and probably best to leave the children at home!

    Holden Wins! (2004)
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