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Bathurst for Art Aficionados

The Bathurst region has a long history with the Australian visual arts. The town of Hill End has been a beacon for artists since the late 1940s, with the town’s distinctive blend of landscapes, gold-mining history and architecture attracting generations of Australian artists. 

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley, was even inspired to become an artist after discovering a Van Gogh book in a Bathurst church. John Olsen, Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale are among a stellar list of artists who also spent time in Hill End, with one of the most famous Australian paintings being Drysdale’s Sofala. The Hill End Artists in Residence program, run by the Bathurst Art Gallery, ensures this thriving art scene lives on today.


9am – Breakfast at Legall Patisserie Café

For a little taste of France, start the day with a croissant and coffee in the conservatory of the Legall Patisserie Café. French pastry chef, Philippe Le Gall, makes all of the yummy treats on site. The macarons are arguably among the best you’ll find in the southern hemisphere and the lemon tarts are so good you’ll need to get in early (by 9am) to satisfy your sweet tooth before they sell out.

56 Keppel Street, Bathurst
02 6331 5800

Legall Patisserie

10am – Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Walk across the road from Legall’s to the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Home to an impressive permanent collection including works from well-known Australian artists such as John Olsen and Fred Williams, as well as one of the finest collections of Lloyd Rees’ artworks in the state, the gallery also features exhibits from local and international artists. You can easily spend a few hours in here, exploring the gallery at your own pace.

70 -78 Keppel Street, Bathurst
02 6333 6555

Bathurst Art Gallery

1pm – Lunch at The Parkview Restaurant

From the Gallery, wander to The Parkview Restaurant via Keppel Street, which is lined with cool vintage and boutique shops. In the warmer months, grab a table on the deck at The Parkview Restaurant for a bird’s eye view of the city overlooking Kings Parade, or in winter, cosy up by the indoor fireplace while you enjoy a meal off the seasonal menu such as the lamb rump with mushrooms, pea puree, sweet potato and mint pesto.

1/108 William Street, Bathurst
02 6331 2755

Parkview Hotel

3pm – Visit t.arts Gallery

Be inspired by the creativity of Bathurst’s local artists just a short walk from The Parkview at t.arts Gallery. Local artists are often spotted hanging out in the gallery so you might be able to have a chat to them about their work which ranges from textiles, ceramics, photography, oils and jewellery. One creative artist even sells scrumptious lavender products that she creates from her own lavender farm. Don’t leave without popping next door to Annie’s Ice Cream Parlour (82/86 George St, 02 6331 8088) for a Sofala Gold or Bridle Track treat.

80 George Street, Bathurst

7pm – Dinner at Cobblestone Lane

Award-winning Cobblestone Lane is housed in the historic Webb & Co department store built in the 1860s with the centrepiece of the restaurant an old convict-built well. Here you can enjoy a locally produced menu which includes dishes like roasted pork belly with celeriac puree, potato galette and apple brandy, as well as experience some good old fashioned country charm courtesy of chef and owner Heath Smith.

173 George Street, Bathurst
02 6331 2202

Overnight - Stay at Stay at Loloma’s White Rock

Make yourself at home during your stay - check into Loloma’s White Rock in one of their boutique self-contained suites. Loloma's is just 10 minutes from the centre of Bathurst on a beautiful estate overlooking lush landscaped gardens.

90 Blue Ridge Drive, White Rock
0428 690 113

Loloma's White Rock


8am - Breakfast at Loloma’s White Rock

Spend the morning in your boutique hideaway with a yummy breakfast hamper that includes muesli, fresh fruit, yoghurt, bread, butter and condiments.

90 Blue Ridge Drive, White Rock
0428 690 113

9am – Take an art class at Atelier D’Airy Creative or Bathurst Art Retreat

If you’ve been inspired and your artistic juices are flowing,  create your own original artwork at Atelier D’Airy Creative. Housed in a refurbished Dairy Farmers building, they offer a range of life drawing classes by local and invited master tutors including artist Tim Miller who has artworks in major collections in Parliament House and the National Museum.

Cnr of Bentinck and Princes Street, Bathurst
0413 037 436

Bathurst Art Retreat is 30 minutes from Bathurst at Platypus Burra on 250 acres of breath-taking native flora and fauna. They offer single or multi day classes for beginners and experts alike.

11am – Drive out to Sofala, the town which inspired Russell Drysdale’s 1947 painting

Artist Russell Drysdale first visited this former gold-mining settlement in August 1947 with fellow artist Donald Friend. He made a sketch and took photographs but, as was customary for him, completed what would become the famous ‘Sofala’ painting in his studio on returning to Sydney. 'Sofala' is regarded as one of Russell Drysdale's finest paintings and won the Wynne Prize in 1947. With its compelling evocation of atmosphere and ambience, the painting transcends literal description of a particular place to become an expression of the quintessential qualities of an inland Australian country town.


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