Less than half an hour east of Bathurst, set just off the Great Western Highway, is the old village of Yetholme. At 1,180 metres above sea level, Yetholme is one of the highest points in the region with snow often transforming the village into an Instagrammer’s dream during the winter months. Yetholme was once a popular tourist site, renowned for its “invigorating climate” with many escaping the cities for the clean high country air. A walk along the old coach road may be just the tonic you need.
The high country around Yetholme is habitat for the extremely rare Purple Copper Butterfly which is found nowhere else in Australia than these high points of the Central Tablelands. The butterfly is the corporate emblem of Bathurst Regional Council. Five minutes from the village, the Wambool Nature Reserve, is native woodland where nature lovers can spot echidnas, ring tailed possums, grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies, as well as marvel at 38 species of terrestrial orchids, many of them extremely rare.