Disconnect and escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Kids can rediscover what it’s like to learn away from the ipad in one of multiple museums and indulge in good old fashioned childhood delights like ice cream and bike rides. Adults won’t have to sacrifice any of the mod cons either.
8am - Breakfast at Country Coffee
Start the day with breakfast at Country Coffee. The menu here is extensive and is sure to contain all of your faves as well as great coffee.
10am – History Hill at Hill End
An hour’s drive from Bathurst, History Hill is a quirky museum with Australia’s largest privately-owned gold rush collection. The kids will love the chance to pan for their own gold and take a selfie by the replica of the world’s largest gold nugget. Everyone will love walking through the mine shaft which extends 175 metres into the hill.
1pm – Lunch at The Royal Hotel
Hill End’s last standing gold rush hotel, The Royal Hotel, is where renowned artists Donald Friend, Brett Whiteley and Jeffrey Smart would have a drink on their famous road trips to the countryside. The Royal Hotel has a tranquil beer garden with a large playing area suitable for children of all ages. You're also almost guaranteed to spot kangaroos and parrots in the afternoon.
3pm – Grab a Sofala Gold from Annie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour
Annie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour is a local legend in Bathurst. This retro parlour, complete with juke box and Elvis pictures includes iconic ice cream flavours such as the Sofala Gold and Bridle Track treat. On a nice day, take your ice cream for a stroll down to Machattie Park where the kids can let off steam.
7pm – Dinner at Church Bar
Wrap up your day with a no-fail family favourite – woodfire pizza at the Church Bar. The pizzas are named after popular Bathurst streets, such as Keppel, Peel and Conrod. Make sure to ask staff to share their legendary tales of the Ribbon Gang, Bathurst’s most infamous bush ranger gang.
Overnight – Stay at William Cottages
William Cottages are located in the heart of the CBD and make the perfect family base. These fully contained cottages include full kitchens, parking and living rooms making them the perfect home-away-from-home during your visit.
8am – Breakfast at The Hub
You can’t beat The Hub for Sunday brunch. Menu items are all locally sourced and produced and there's a separate kids' menu with pancakes, eggs, and French toast to fill up little tummies. Grown ups aren't forgotten either - try the corn fritters or Benny bagel. The cakes here are also legendary.
9am – Explore the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Housed in the historic 1876 Bathurst Public School building, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is home to Australia’s largest collection of fossils including dinosaur eggs and a four-metre high T-Rex skeleton. It also holds Somerville’s world class collection of over 2,000 fossils and mineral specimens.
12pm – Lunch at Two Heads Brewing Co.
Set in the historic Crago Mill, Two Heads Brewing Co. is a brewery, restaurant and bar all in one. The restaurant has some yummy kid-friendly options including chicken nuggets and chips or a graze plate of fruit, cheese and ham. For the adults, try the grilled pork skewers, classic beer battered fish and chips, or hoisin and sesame lamb ribs.
1.30 - Enjoy a Farm Visit at Barcoos Farm, Perthville
Only 10 minutes drive from Bathurst, Barcoos Farm looks like it's straight out of the pages of a children's story book and is a genuine working farm. So many animals to get up close to, admire, cuddle and pet. There are often even baby lambs to bottle feed, and Border Collies who love to play fetch with anyone who will throw a ball! Farm visit activities may include feeding a variety of animals (chickens/ducks/alpacas/sheep/pig – any maybe more) followed by led pony rides and sulky rides. Barcoos have little horses for little people and a Clydesdale horse for all. Your visit will last a minimum of 1 hour and often more!
1080 Trunkey Road Perthville
3pm – Take a lap of Mount Panorama
Bathurst is best known to some as the home of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, one of the world’s iconic motor races. What is less known is the fact that Mount Panorama is actually a public road. Kids -big and small - will get a kick out of taking a lap around what is arguably Australia’s most famous race track, before dropping into the National Motor Racing Museum at the end of Conrod Straight.