Bathurst Region Villages

Step Beyond the city of Bathurst.

Each of the Bathurst region 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 period of the late nineteenth century (with much better coffee!) 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

The historic gold town, Hill End, offers a unique range of heritage sites lovingly preserved and restored to their original condition to give a sense of what life was like on the goldfields of the 1800s. The village is also an artistic hub for some of Australia's most well-known contemporary visual artists.

Wattle Flat

Wattle Flat was once a thriving gold rush town, now this sleepy village is the perfect pit stop for nature lovers and history buffs.


Full of history, Peel is a significant place of Bathurst's beginnings. Experience this quaint village through music, art and historic homesteads.


Fishing, fossicking, camping and horse riding, Sofala has it all. It's custom to call into the Royal Hotel for a cool drink and a round of pool whenever you visit too.


Wander the local winery and gin distillery, cool off in the Fish River, and enjoy a cuppa from the cafe. O'Connell has your ideal day trip covered.


Explore the historic village of Millthorpe, visit the boutique stores, cafes, cellar doors, and museum.


The beauty of Tarana never ceases to amaze even the hardiest locals. You've got to experience it yourself from the Evans Crown summit.


Country cycling trails, vineyards, and the historic St Joseph's Convent there is plenty to discover in the charming village of Perthville.


Got an eye for Georgian architecture? There are two Gell-designed churches hidden in this village, along with several other iconic buildings, remnants of the village's prosperous past. The Rockley Pub has recently been rejuvenated and reopened by iconic Chef Matt Moran.

Sunny Corner

With hundreds of State Forest trails, Sunny Corner is a playground made for adventures on wheels.

Trunkey Creek

Big night skies and underground wonders, Trunkey Creek has the best of both worlds. Better click through to see what we mean.


The highest point in the Bathurst region, regularly seeing snowfall in Winter, it's here you'll get a snap with the white stuff.