Situated in Wiradjuri Country, Bathurst is Australia's oldest inland European settlement. Heritage buildings and landmarks intertwine with world-class attractions whilst spectacular natural wonders and charming villages surround the city in a rich cultural landscape. Blending the new and exciting with captivating history is what Bathurst does best. There is something for everyone to explore. Internationally recognised as Australia’s most iconic motorsport destination, Bathurst boasts the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit.
Major national and international motor sporting events held here each year are a rite of passage for motor sporting drivers and fans, bringing crowds to Bathurst in the thousands, igniting a thrilling energy all around the city. Signature annual events surprise and delight visitors to Bathurst.
In summer, Inland Sea of Sound festival brings talented artists together to celebrate Australian music atop Mount Panorama/Wahluu, Heritage Trades Trail in autumn brings to life rare trades and crafts displayed live by skilled artisans, and Bathurst Winter Festival sees thousands embrace the chilliest months with a host of fun family friendly activities and awe-inspiring illuminations on the Bathurst CBD’s spectacular heritage buildings.
You certainly don’t have to wait for an event to plan a trip to the Bathurst region, with unforgettable experiences to be had every day. The National Motor Racing Museum, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and Bathurst Rail Museum each offer unique experiences, delving into the history that shaped the modern regional centre Bathurst is today.
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Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has impressive rotating exhibitions of local and national contemporary art. Abercrombie House is a standout attraction, an 1870s mansion with 50 rooms and grounds restored to their former glory ready to be explored at your leisure.
Visiting Bathurst’s picturesque villages is a must. To the north, travel back in time and experience life during Australia’s gold-rush era of the 1850s at historic mining towns of Wattle Flat, Sofala, and Hill End. You can still find gold, so try your hand at a guided gold panning tour. To the south art, wine, and history are set among stunning scenery.
Bathurst is the ultimate adventure, perfect for a romantic couple's weekend retreat, or for an action-packed extended weekend with family. You don’t have to spend too long in the car, but you’ll feel a world away.
Located less than 3 hour’s drive from Sydney over the great sandstone wall, and 3 hours from Canberra through rolling plains and rocky outcrops, getting here is the first adventure via some of the great road trips of New South Wales.