June 27, 2022

Embrace the Chill

5 minute read.


Your ultimate short getaway for the Winter School Holidays is just over the mountains, but not far away.

Experience the thrill, and the chill of the Bathurst Winter Festival. Held 2 – 17 July, and back in full swing.

Enjoy carnival rides and the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Skating Rink every day during the festival at the Winter Playground in Kings Parade, and wander through the illumination trail with awe-inspiring light and sound projections on the Bathurst CBD’s iconic heritage buildings after sundown each night.

There is something for everyone, with mulled wine, craft beer and local food trucks on offer for the Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite event on 8th and 9th July. Think ‘European night-markets during a Northern-Hemisphere winter’ vibes.

Kid’s Day is where young ones will have exclusive access to the Winter Playground on 6 and 13 July.

The LiveBetter Accessibility Day opens up the ice rink to all abilities.

And show off your four legged friend in their favourite winter costume on Pet Day, 17 July.

For dinner and a show, don’t miss the program of local musicians performing live at various venues around town.

A bit of house keeping, tickets are required to set sessions for the Ice Skating, so find out all you need to know and more at the official Bathurst Winter Festival website.

Looking for more inspiration to fill your Bathurst itinerary?

There is a packed events calendar in Bathurst during July, with an amazing lineup of shows at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, brand new exhibitions at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, markets, wine tours, gold panning, caving and more.

Look no further than here when it comes to planning your ultimate Bathurst region winter getaway. There’s links to events, places to stay, and our main attractions.

Maybe you’re looking to stay indoors on a romantic winter escape to the country, curled up in front of a log fire?

There’s plenty of that on offer, too. Check out our blog, Nothing warms like a wood fire, which lists all of our cafes, hotels, restaurants and accommodation providers with a toasty wood fire inside to get that genuine Bathurst winter ambience.

So pack your puffer jacket and head to the Bathurst region this Winter. Just 3 hours drive from Sydney. It’s far enough to feel like an escape without spending all day in the car. Be surprised and delighted by some of our hidden and emerging gems. Perfection!

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