Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail showcases the destination’s heritage along with the old trades and crafts which literally built Bathurst and which are so important to keep alive today. Four of Bathurst’s most historic venues will be activated and used to host 100 artisans practicing their rare trades, including a focus on restoration and conservation. This is a real celebration of the town’s heritage and is an incredible once-a-year opportunity to discover and learn about historic trades and crafts and their contribution to our modern world.
Bathurst, the oldest European inland settlement in Australia, is the perfect setting for this event that celebrates the trades and the pioneering spirit of the artisans that shaped the early settlement.
Over the weekend of the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail there will also be a number of extra special additional heritage events.
Take a trip to the wonderful Chifley Home and spend an hour with 'BEN AT HOME' where, after being proudly escorted through her beloved home by Elizabeth Chifley, Mr Chifley himself will give his thoughts on his life and achievements before taking questions from visitors. First person narrative history at its best!
Or visit stately Abercrombie House, Bathurst's answer to Downton Abbey, and take a tour perhaps meeting owner and the 'Lord of the Manor', Mr Christopher Morgan.
And don't forget the newly opened Bathurst Rail Museum. This captivating new attraction really does have something for the whole family, and offers a fantastic exploration of the social history of the railway and its impact on Bathurst and Western NSW.