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If there is one thing you can expect from Bathurst it’s the unexpected. It’s a city of surprises – 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 historic 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 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 where you can get your retail fix.

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. Bathurst is also of course a university town – Charles Sturt Uni helping this historic NSW centre 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.

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