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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. One moment you can be walking along the gorgeous River Walk, taking in the sights of the Macquarie River and the heritage buildings that surround it, then next sitting in a cosy cafe sipping a latte or in a new restaurant trying an innovative dish, or walking through the impressive
T. Arts Gallery and admiring all that’s new in the local and regional art world. Oh, and add impressive shopping to the mix, too, with a host of boutiques, craft shops and more through which to meander.

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 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.

We know that now is not the time for travel and we cannot share our amazing region as we love to do. But we are doing everything we can to bring the best of Bathurst to you through a series of virtual tours, activities and experiences.

A Region of Surprises

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

Population (as of June 2013)
Bathurst Region 41,051
Rural Area 2,417

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 Centre
1 Kendall Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795

Available at:
Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, 1 Kendall Avenue. Open 7 days from 9am to 5pm
Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street. Open 10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday.
Many Bathurst businesses have free Wi-Fi look out for the signs.

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