Bathurst Region Villages

Step Beyond the city of Bathurst.

The Bathurst region includes the picturesque and fascinating villages of PerthvilleRockleyTrunkey Creek YetholmeSunny CornerPeelWattle FlatSofala and Hill End

Each of these villages are unique and each contribute their own significant part of the story of the region. As you explore one or all you will feel as if you have been transported back in time to the slower paced and  more elegant period of the late nineteenth century (with much better coffee and mobile reception!) as well as discovering why so many artists have been captivated by the landscape and the villages’ charm. Strike out from Bathurst and you will be driving through some of the finest and most iconic rural landscapes in NSW and travelling over what was once the original food bowl of the new colony in the early nineteenth century. Discover the famed gold country around Hill End and Sofala, or the early industrial heritage of Rockley. Every village has its own tales, surprises and characters. From Saint Mary McKillop’s connection to the village of Perthville to the showman and entrepreneur Bernard Otto Holtermann in Hill End, the cast is large and the stories will fascinate you.  

Hill End

Hill End offers a unique range of heritage sites as well as being an artistic hub for some of Australia's most well-known artists.

Peel

Peel makes a great stop from Bathurst to Hill End or Sofala. Surrounded by rolling hills, this town is the final resting place of Windradyne…

Sofala

Sofala, a 40-minute drive from Bathurst, is a quaint village with an authentic old-world charm that captures its gold mining history and…

Sunny Corner

Take the scenic route from Bathurst to Lithgow, or Mudgee, and you will find yourself in Sunny Corner. Explore the historic buildings...

Wattle Flat

Wattle Flat was once a thriving gold rush town and makes the perfect pit stop on the way to Sofala or Hill End from Bathurst.

Yetholme

Less than half an hour from Bathurst, Yetholme is the perfect spot for nature lovers to catch a glimpse of echidnas, ring tailed possums…

O'Connell

Located an easy 20 minute drive from Bathurst, the historic village of O'Connell is a lovely day trip for foodies and history buffs alike.

Rockley

Rockley is an immaculately preserved 19th-century country town only a 30 minute drive south of Bathurst. Grab an insta-worthy shot of one of dozens…

Tarana

Nestled in the picturesque valleys of the Central West, a 40-minute drive east of Bathurst, Tarana is a treat for outdoor adventurers who love…

George's Plains

Georges Plains is a small settlement that was established on the Georges Plains Creek to service the surrounding rural areas. There are several places...

Perthville

This charming little town 20 minutes south of Bathurst makes a nice stop on your way to Vale Creek Wines or a family day trip to experience life as…

Trunkey Creek

Trunkey Creek is 40 minute drive from Bathurst and is an outdoor adventurer's dream with Abercrombie Caves, a former bushranger hideout, and…