Cathie Hale - Bathurst Wholefood Co Op
Drive on the scenic road to Tarana, along the Fish River, passing hamlets with old homesteads, stopping for a dip in the cool river, then walk up to the top of Evans Crown Nature Reserve where you can scramble over the boulders for hours, and imagine the first white settlers at this very spot.
Top tip: Come back down to Tarana for lunch and a beer at the pub which has spectacular views across the train line towards the old growth forests of Yetholme.
This gallery is is well worth a visit to find out what a collective of committed artists are up to. New work is coming in all the time, exhibitions are changing and the work is extremely diverse.
Grab a Japonnais hazelnut meringue patisserie from Legall Patisserie - that really is a particular pleasure. This place is famous in the area so get there early.
Bathurst Wholefood Co Op
This is a gem of a place for all your shopping needs. The shop is packed tight with everything local, organic, or both, from fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, dried goods, muesli, nuts and seeds; from environmentally friendly cleaning products to locally made gifts, they have it all. Community based and not for profit, shopping at the Co Op means supporting local producers and sustainable agricultural practices as well as reducing reliance on packaging.
Top tip: There is also a Co Op Mini Market with local producers, on the first and third Saturdays of the month from October to May.
Turn left at the Sofala crossroads and head north for about 3kms. With the rocks towering over the Turon River, this spot is great for picnics, swimming in the waterholes, fishing and camping. Cross over the river (with a sturdy vehicle or by foot) and explore further along the river. You can take mountain bikes too and ride for about 8km until the rocky dirt track hits Turondale Road.