O'Connell

O’Connell makes a lovely day trip for foodies and history buffs alike.

Located an easy 20 minute drive from Bathurst’s town centre, you’ll know you’ve reached this charming town when you drive under the leafy canopy of Desert Ash trees, planted to commemorate locals who fought and lost their lives in World War I. Up until 1837, O’Connell Road was used as the original route for motorists when travelling between Bathurst and Sydney before the Great Western Highway linked Sydney to the Central Tablelands region.

Built in 1865, the O’Connell Hotel has become a landmark of the Bathurst region and a great place to unwind with a hearty meal. Snag a rockstar spot by the fire or on a warm day, the prized possie is under the Elm tree in the beer garden.

Today, O’Connell and Tarana offer a great scenic tourist drive along the Fish River towards Lithgow and Sydney with little gems to be found along the way. Here are the top things to do on your visit to O’Connell.

Renzaglia Wines

This little vineyard on the outskirts of Bathurst makes hand picked, hand crafted, award winning wines.

Yarrabin Ranch

A family run business offering guided horseback trail rides, school holiday camps and ranch style accommodation.

The Grange Distillery

Bathurst's newest distillery makes gin with local ingredients for flavours you can only find here.

Fish River Festival

In December, watch local musicians in the back yard of the O'Connell Hotel. All funds raised are donated to O'Connell Public School.