Bathurst Travel Guide

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Bathurst Things to Do

  • 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. The impressive 19th...

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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 – 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 – 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" - 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 HERITAGE DRIVE" - 5

    "THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL"Another wonderful Memorial in Bathurst and another with a story to tell!The South African War Memorial commemorates those who served in the Boer War 1899-1902. The monument was unveiled by Lord Kitchener.The story goes...."Lord Kitchener refused to unveil the monument in 1910 until the name of Lieutenant Peter...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 3

    "MACHATTIE PARK"Next to the Courthouse is MACHATTIE PARK, the site of the 1st Bathurst Gaol, which was built in 1837, occupied in 1844 when it wasn’t even completed, and used until the 1860’s. As the city had grown around the Gaol, the public wished for it to be removed, and a new Gaol was opened on Orange road in 1888, and the old one was...

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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 – 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. The house was built by the Reverend Thomas Sharpe in 1845. Later, Miss Ida Traill, who was a descendant of early Bathurst settlers, was a wealthy socialite who purchased this house for...

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  • "BATHURST 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. During his trek over the range, he camped in the area which is now the city of Bathurst. He loved the scenery he saw, and named...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE - 11

    “BATHURST GAOL”The Gaol, is another piece of wonderful architecture, designed by colonial architect, James Barnet in 1888. Located on a hill overlooking Bathurst, the Gaol has magnificent sandstone gates which were hand carved from Sandstone quarried at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. The gates feature an ornate sculptured lion's head holding a key...

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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 – 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 we head to Russell Street in the City centre. Stop outside the Civic centre, and go for a walk and look down upon the pavement, as this 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...

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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, at 16 Stanley street, is Old Government Cottage, a heritage listed building as it's a rare, intact example of an early Bathurst...

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  • BATHURST HERITAGE DRIVE – 2

    “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...

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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 - 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 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...

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Bathurst Restaurants

  • elegant dining

    This is a very elegant restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine. From the outside the appearance is very understated as you will see from my photo.But I have a confession to make...I thought this is too nice an evening to spoil with photos.... I will come back tomorrow and guess what....the only photos I could take the next day were the...

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  • a meeting place

    Great place to meet with indoor and outside seating. One of the locals told me he was here every day fir his coffee fix. We would have most certainly returned if time permitted but we had other coffee shops to try....so the next coffee sampling was at a little nearby town called Millthorpe.So much coffee and so little time. We just loved the...

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  • an award winner

    We loved this eating place located right in the heart of Bathurst as soon as we walked in the door and on our first morning fronted up for an absolutely delicious breakfast ....and we returned on our second morning as well.There is a great selection of food and the coffee is tops.....we were warm as toast sitting by the heater.David was able to...

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Bathurst Nightlife

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    Uni Bar: Back to School!

    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

  • Drive the famous racingtrack yourself !

    Bathurst 1000 is the famous annual racing-Event and during the rest of the year everybody will be able to drive this circuit him/herself, as these are partly just ordinary streets.Speed Limit is 60km/h anyway and they they will make radar-controls as well, so be careful ! I have done this circuit and it was really interesting and I also had some...

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  • Train to/from Bathurst

    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...

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    ALDI: for cheap food & more

    by globetrott Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    In general I found food and all other goods in Australia quite expensive and the only escape was the supermarket-chain of ALDI, a company that is well known in Germany and the rest of Europe as well and in Austria they are called HOFER !

    What to buy: I was glad to find an ALDI in Bathurst as well, they have a certain system to sell high quality products of famous trademarks under their own labels for a much cheaper price than other supermarkets do.
    See their webpage below for more details !
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    In Bathurst they are open Mon-Wed: 08.30am - 07.00pm
    Thu: 08.30am - 08.00pm & Fri - Sun: 08.30am - 07.00pm

    What to pay: ALDI-prices are mostly slightly under the prices of other supermarkets.

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Bathurst Off The Beaten Path

  • O'CONNELL

    O’CONNELL, is another small town classified by the National Trust. It was Surveyor George Evans, who I had previously read about in Bathurst, who crossed the plains in 1813 naming them O’Connell Plains. The small village of O’Connell was not settled until the 1820's, when it became a staging post on the main western road from Sydney to Bathurst. ...

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  • WALKING SOFALA

    This little village is easy to walk, and if you have picked up the “WALKING SOFALA TOUR” you will be able to enjoy it more.The only place that was doing plenty of business when we visited, was the Royal Hotel that was established in 1862. It’s a typical early goldfield’s Hotel. The Hotel does have accommodation available. In this same street were...

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  • Old buildings of SOFALA

    With a map in hand, these are some of the old buildings I saw in Sofala.The 1st one is a good example of a slab timber shed.When he First Fleet arrived in 1788, only a few carpenters and a small supply of poor-quality tools were brought out from England. This meant the colonists were forced to build sheds and homes out of any natural materials....

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Bathurst Sports & Outdoors

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    Bathurst 1000

    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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