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A full immersion of the senses, an explosion of colour, a celebration of Bathurst’s rich history, of fresh food and cool-climate wines that the harvest brings from our regional producers.
Signature Autumn events bring the stories of Bathurst to life.
The fresh country air begins to turn crisp, and there’s plenty of cozy accommodation to curl up in comfort at the end of your day’s adventures.
There’s something for everyone to explore, so we’ve put together the best bits of Bathurst to experience during the fall.
The giant deciduous trees lining our spectacular Victorian-era country town park, particularly on the George and Keppel Street sides, turn an array of Autumn hues, creating a golden carpet underfoot as their leaves fall.
Mount Panorama – Wahluu Skyline Boardwalk
Get a birds-eye view from the top of town. McPhillamy Park and the newly installed Mount Panorama – Wahluu skyline boardwalk are fantastic options to see the Autumn colours across town from a thrilling perspective.
Visit a Village
Go for a country drive and take in the scenery. The historic Villages surrounding Bathurst also put on an amazing Autumn display, especially Rockley, Perthville and Hill End.
Autumn Colours Heritage Tours
The annual Autumn Colours Heritage Tours program of events spans from 13 March until 10 May, celebrating our town’s rich heritage with a series of behind-the-scenes tours guided by local experts through some of the most significant historical sites in and around the Bathurst Region.
Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail
Rare and lost trades and crafts are brought to life over the weekend of 10 and 11 April. Over 120 artisans showcase their unique skills across two heritage venues in Bathurst, helping to preserve the traditions that shaped and built the Bathurst region.
Festival of Bells
This inaugural festival, held from 7 to 9 May is centred around Bathurst’s most iconic landmark, one of only three complete Carillons in Australia. The event will feature carillonists and bellringers form around the country coming together to celebrate music, history, and the commemorative nature of the Bathurst District Memorial Carillon.
Bathurst is the original food bowl of NSW, and still produces high quality ingredients that local eateries are using in innovative and delicious ways.
Bathurst vineyards are one of the best-kept secrets in town, making spectacular cool-climate wines. Their cellar doors are mostly open by appointment, which guarantees a truly personal experience. Most good local restaurants and bars also have a couple of local labels on their wine list for you to try.
You can also take home your own piece of the pie (or splash of the wine!) from the Bathurst Farmer’s Market, held on the 4th Sunday of each month at the historic Bathurst Showground.
Stay in Comfort
With so much to see and do in the Bathurst Region, you’ll be wanting to stay awhile. Luckily, there are plenty of cosy accommodation options both in town and in the surrounding villages.
From country farm stays to modern comforts in the middle of historic villages, self-contained apartments and cottages styled to perfection, or the convenience of a clean motel room right in town.
You’re sure to find the perfect place for a great few nights of rest on your Bathurst escape.