Discover Bathurst

If there is one thing you can expect from Bathurst it’s the unexpected.

 A city of surprises, it’s a historical town brought right up to the moment by the people who live and work here. It’s also a city of contrasts, from the heritage listed buildings and grand historical mansions to quirky bars and restaurants, modern accommodation and a host of arts, crafts and music events in the surrounding areas guaranteed to delight. 

With settlement spanning back to before the Gold Rush era and a rich Aboriginal history before that, you may surprised to find that Bathurst is as culturally fascinating now as it ever was. The city is also of course a university town – Charles Sturt Uni helping this historic NSW town stay relevant and move forward with edgy optimism and youthful exuberance. Mixing the new and exciting with its heritage is what Bathurst is all about  – there truly is something for everyone here.

A Region of Surprises

Beyond Bathurst, the open spaces, the amazing villages, the epic night skies. Yours to explore…

A Region of Surprises

Regional Facts
Population (as of June 2013)
Bathurst Region 41,051
Rural Area 2,417
Agriculture
Sheep (wool, prime lambs), cattle, wheat, vegetables, honey, orchards (apples, peaches), grapes, forestry, vineyards.

Key Industries
Education, food processing, mapping, timber and pet food manufacturing.
Climate + Terrain

Average temperatures
Summer     Min 12.7°C     Max 27°C    
Winter     Min 1°C    Max 12°C

Average Rainfall
Bathurst area 634mm per annum

Elevation (meters above sea level)
Bathurst 670.27m
Mount Horrible    1204m
Mount Panorama    871m
Mount Ovens 1276m    
Mount Tennyson    1152m

Area
Bathurst Region    3,821.9sq kms
Bathurst City    239.64sq kms
Longitude & latitude    e149° 39.1m s 33°24.6m

History
Bathurst was declared a townsite on 7 May 1815 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie making it Australia’s oldest inland settlement and as such an important regional centre and gateway for much of the exploration and development that took place in inland New South Wales. This process was accelerated in 1851 by the discovery of Australia’s first payable gold in the region. As a result, the city has a strong heritage reinforced by a rich culture with both historic and contemporary components.
Education

Bathurst offers first class education options and is a regional education hub with over 55 educational institutions located throughout the City. So if you’re a family looking to relocate, a student wishing to study or if you’re after a job in education, Bathurst has you covered.

Visitor Centre
Start your exploration of the Bathurst region with a visit to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre where the friendly staff are always ready to tell you where the hidden gems are to be found, or provide a genuine local perspective on what’s on and what should not be missed! With a range of locally made souvenirs and local produce on offer, the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre is a must for all Bathurst visitors. Bathurst Visitor Information Centre1 Kendall Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795Ph: 02 6332 1444visitors@bathurst.nsw.gov.au
Public Internet Access

Available at:
Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, 1 Kendall Avenue. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 4 pm, Sunday 10 am – 3 pm.
Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street. Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday.
Many Bathurst businesses have free WIFI look out for the signs.