Attractions & Tours
Home to a variety of world class museums and galleries, as well as countless iconic attractions, you can easily spend a week or more exploring Bathurst and its surrounding towns and still only scratch the surface. Start your exploration by downloading the new 'Bathurst - Step Beyond' App from the Apple Store or Google Play and enjoy personal tours of some of the region's greatest attractions and areas.
Held on the fourth Saturday of every month, wake up early and wander through the historic pavilions. Grab a delicious egg and bacon roll or the perfect cup of joe for brekky – all made from local produce. Take home samples of handmade soaps, baked goods, tea, local wine and gin as gifts for friends and family.
The Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum houses Australia's largest collection of fossils including a 10.5m long, 4m high Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. The Museum also houses the lifetime collection of Warren Somerville AM. The holder of five degrees, a part-time university lecturer for more than 20 years, a full-time teacher in the NSW TAFE for more than 25 years and an orchardist in Orange, he has spent a lifetime building one of the world's leading private collections of minerals and fossils. Somerville has been collecting specimens from around the world for 60 years. In 2000, Warren Somerville donated this priceless legacy to Bathurst and the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum for the public to enjoy.
Also known by the Indigenous Wiradjuri name of Wahluu, Mount Panorama is an iconic landmark in the Bathurst region. Known around the world for being the home to one of the world’s most legendary motor racing tracks, most people forget about the spectacular views it offers offer the Central NSW Tablelands. The track is also a public road so after taking a lap, stop into the on-mountain winery and National Motor Racing Museum. As well as the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the 'Mountain' is also used to stage some other top events including fun run, the Panorama Punish and music and arts festival, Inland Sea of Sound.
Get the gang together and head to NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park for a hit on our 18-hole gold rush themed mini golf course. Open every day, from 8am to 5.30pm - its the perfect family activity.
Jenolan Caves are among the oldest and most impressive caves in the world. There are nine caves to explore, with incredible limestone formations and underground rivers. Tours include the popular ‘Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts,’ which takes you through the caves at night by lantern light, as you listen to tales of unexplained phenomena and stories from the local indigenous Gundungurra people, who called Jenolan ‘Binoomea’, which means the Dark Place.
Looking for a challenge? The physically demanding ‘River Cave’ tour includes over 1,000 steps and two steep ladder ascents. The reward for your hard work is the chance to explore this incredible underworld labyrinth. A highlight is the ‘Pool of Reflections’, a deep, illuminated underground lake that shines blue, and in the almost perfectly still surface you can often see spectacular reflections.
The streets of Bathurst’s Town Square are filled with the tales of the nation, from the colonial Bathurst Courthouse, to the gardens of King's Parade which are home to the Boer War Memorial and the War Carillion, and the art deco architecture of George Street. Australian history buffs should take a wander down Ribbon Gang Lane, whose namesake made up one of the most notorious bushranger gangs in Australia’s history.
Channel you inner Jane Austen at Abercrombie House, one time home of Bathurst pioneer William Stewart and his family. Today the regal dwelling has opened its doors to royalty and offers tours, delicious high teas, jazz nights and performances.
Find little nuggets of gold history at the History Hill Museum with a collection of memorabilia and artefacts from the gold rush days displayed around the old, rustic building. You can even try to gold pan for your own fortune and walk through a disused mine.
There are lots of farm activities at Barcoo's. Feed the lambs, chickens & ducks, doing tricks with Georgie Pig, meet up with Eeyore the donkey. Enjoy led pony rides or have a go on the sulky. Life is ever changing on the farm, so at different times of the year you will experience different things, as lambs and chickens grow up. But there is so much to do on the farm...
Home of former Australian Prime Minister, Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth, this Victorian residence and living museum is a time capsule to life in the 1940s. The humble dwelling has been kept exactly how Ben and Elizabeth would have known it, along with changing exhibitions in the adjoining Chifley Home Education Centre revealing the fascinating ways of life in the Depression years and beyond.
The Heritage Park Bathurst is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm for either or both a visit to the Animal Nursery or Mini Putt Putt Golf. The Animal Nursery has kangaroos, emus, farm animals at $6.00 per person (under 3 years free) you will receive a bag of feed to hand feed the beautiful nursery animals. The Mini Putt Putt Golf is lots of fun for the whole family with 9 holes you will have a blast. The Heritage Park holds a lot of history, the property was established as an army camp used for training units before being sent overseas. Following that, it became a migrant reception and training centre for European refugees and between 1948 and 1952 some 80,000 migrants travelled to Bathurst and stayed there prior to finding work and resettling elsewhere throughout Australia. In 1978 the property was established as The Bathurst Sheep & Cattle Show providing educational and fun activities including accommodation to school groups and travellers.
Considered one of the finest examples of Victorian public architecture, the courthouse is constructed of local brick, sandstone detail and a remarkable octagonal dome designed by renowned colonial architect James Barnet.
If you need inspiration on where to begin your adventure, the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre is your first port of call to explore the region. See one of only three restored Cobb & Co. coaches in Australia on display at the centre, and let the friendly knowledgeable locals point you in the right direction to make the most out of your stay.
Hop on, Hop off! See the best of Bathurst with a 48 Hour Explore Bus Pass. Starting daily at 10.00am from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, the Bathurst Explorer Bus will pick you up, and drop you off at one of the many attractions in Bathurst. Purchase a 'All Museums Plus 48Hr Explorer Bus Pass' and your entry fee is paid for on arrival at each of the attraction facilities involved: Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum National Motor Racing Museum Chifley Home Bathurst Historical Society Museum Railway Museum (opening Summer 2019/20) Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Library.
Sit back, relax and let Ian take you off the beaten track for a 4WD adventure around Bathurst and the Great Dividing Range, exploring some of the unspoilt beauty of the Australian bush. Take a standard day tour or customise your own.
Bathurst Tours offer a wide a range of options for you to explore Bathurst and its local towns, ranging from two hours to four days. Our top pick is the Wahluu Cultural Tour which takes you on an educational journey to some of the most sacred sites of the native Wiradjuri people including Flat Rock, Wahluu-Mount Panorama and Borenore Caves, to name a few.
Try our 'Air Experience Flights' where you can sit back and enjoy the scenery or you can experience the thrill of flying the aircraft yourself under the instructor's direction. Or take the 'Mount Panorama Special' for a more scenic flight. Better still 'Learn to Fly' - from Friday to Monday we have instructors on duty to teach you. There are so many options to enjoy this favourite pastime of gliding through the skies...
Explore the rugged Bathurst region by 4WD with an experienced local guide. Visit the historic towns of Hill End and Sofala, learn how to pan for gold or fish for trout, embark on a food and wine safari or sleep under the stars on a camping adventure.
Take a step back in time with a Hill End Tour, which offers intimate, hands-on day tours including gold panning, goldfield and town tours and ghost tours. Don’t forget to drop into the History Hill Museum and say hello to friendly resident and owner, Malcolm, who is more than happy to have a yarn about the gold rush days.