Beyond Mount Panorama
Bathurst’s Mount Panorama is famous in Australia and around the world for being home to the annual Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 car race. While the engine revving and hairpin bends undoubtedly put Bathurst on the map, attracting people in their droves each year, the appeal of the mountain goes far beyond the squeal of tyres and smell of burning rubber.
Did you know that its indigenous name is Wahluu? Or that it was originally known as The Bald Hills? Or that it got its name back in 1934 when Bathurst Regional Council held a competition to rename the mountain and local resident Kathleen Walsh suggested Mount Panorama? There are many stories to be told about Mount Panorama, many of which are completely unrelated to the sport that made it so well known.
Drive the famous track
The road around Mount Panorama is first and foremost a scenic drive. It’s a public road and anyone can take a drive around the track looking out over the Bathurst tablelands. You don’t need any special permission – you can take a leisurely drive around the track almost any day of the year. Thrill seekers be warned, it may be home to some of the world’s top racing car drivers but regular road rules apply here for the rest of us - that means a speed limit of 60kmh and two-way traffic. Make sure that you first download the 'Bathurst-Step Beyond' App featuring "A Lap With Craig Lowndes". Let Craig be your personal guide to the history and happenings of this Australian icon as you do your own lap! Get it for FREE now on the Apple Store or Google Play. Stop off at McPhillamy Park at the top of the summit for the best photo and selfie ops or call in to Rydges Mt Panorama and refuel with a coffee or sample the delicious local produce featured at Chicane Bar and Grill.
Inland Sea of Sound
This might just be the best festival you’ve never heard of – until now. The 2017 line up boasted Aussie music royalty Bernard Fanning and other heavyweights like Meg Mac, Dan Sultan and Megan Washington and the 2018 line included The Cat Empire and Deborah Conway. Bringing together established and up-and-coming acts from around the country, as well as art installations and local food and drink providers, on an iconic mountain in Central NSW, this is the ultimate celebration of all things Australian over two awesome days.
Prefer to do a lap of the mountain on your own steam? The Panorama Punish is ‘one hot lap’ of the 6.2km circuit – gaining 174 metres in elevation as you go. Sound like a piece of cake? It’s actually more than double the height of the Sydney Opera House. Dust off your runners and start training now as there are strictly enforced runner cut-off times. You’ll need to be fit enough to get through the first 3kms in half an hour. Caveat? The first half is all uphill. Entry is limited to 1,000 participants, so get in quick to register. All proceeds go to local charities.
Mount Panorama Estate Vineyard
Cabernet more your language than Commodore? A surprise to many, but in the heart of the race circuit lies Mount Panorama Estate Vineyard, a 16-acre property producing some delightful cool climate wines and boasting views out over Bathurst and the Blue Mountains. The vineyard produces Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grape varieties. You’ll need to call ahead if you want to visit their cellar door as tastings are by appointment only.