Penny Packham - Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
This place is home of the Somerville Collection and it’s really an unexpected gem. Extraordinarily beautiful, the world class collection of over 2,000 fossils and mineral specimens is now housed in the historic 1876 original Bathurst Public School building. The impressive fossil gallery includes a Tyrannosaurus rex and two other dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur eggs and scientifically significant fossils from almost every stage of life on Earth. The stunning mineral gallery contains some of the finest specimens of minerals from across the globe as well as rare formations of crystallised fossils and raw gemstones.
The Chifley Home
The Chifley Home, the home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth is one of only three house museums in Australia that were once former homes of Australian Prime Ministers. This humble abode is a time capsule of life in the 1940s and fascinating to see. The house is open on Sunday and Mondays.
Top tip: If you want more info, there are guided tours at 10am and 12 noon.
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre is one of the best performing arts centres in regional Australia. It never disappoints and has a great range of music, theatre, and dance performances. The entertainment ranges from family entertainment, community productions and Eisteddfods, to contemporary theatre, circus, comedy, Shakespeare, Australian Opera, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet and everything you could imagine in between.
National Motor Racing Museum
No visit to Mount Panorama is complete without driving a lap of the world famous racing circuit, Mount Panorama, and stopping at the foot of the mountain to visit some of the legendary racing vehicles in the National Motor Racing Museum. While Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000 is at the heart of its displays, the Museum looks across the spectrum of Australian Motor Racing. There is always something new to see in the changing collection of over 100 race bikes and cars that have made their mark on Australian Motorsport since 1914. The stars and the achievements of Australian Motorsports are told through images, trophies and other memorabilia which includes motorbikes, speedway, solar, drag racing, rally cars, open wheelers, sports cars and touring cars.
Top tip: Did you know that the first ever Australian motorcycle race was held in Sunny Corner in the Bathurst Region? The original trophies from this race are on display alongside the trophy from the first Bathurst car race on Mount Panorama in 1938, won by an English driver Peter Whitehead who was so unpopular that he and the Mayor were bombarded with cabbages at the prize giving ceremony.