Attractions & Tours

The stories of regional Australia start here.

Home to a variety of world-class museums, as well as countless iconic attractions that display the history and charm of the region, you can easily spend a week or more exploring Bathurst and its surrounding towns and still only scratch the surface.

As of Wednesday, June 3 2020 the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, National Motor Racing Museum, Rail Museum, and Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum are open to the public with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. Several other attractions are also open, please call ahead to check their operational status.

Download the Bathurst 'Step Beyond' App

Enjoy personal tours of some of the region's greatest attractions voiced by local celebrities. See Mount Panorama with Craig Lowndes, Mayfield Garden with Graham Ross, or the Town Square with Grant Denyer.

Search 'Bathurst Step Beyond' in the App Store or Google Play.

Bathurst Rail Museum

Opened this year inside the converted Railway Institute Building, the Bathurst Rail Museum brings the fascinating social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life with personal recollections and interesting artefacts. As well as the largest public HO model railway in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bathurst Explorer Bus

Hop on, hop off. See the best of Bathurst with a 48 hour Explorer Bus Pass. Starting daily at 10 am from the Visitor Information Centre, the bus will take you to all the iconic attractions in Bathurst, with some local history, as well as shopping and dining tips
along the way.

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

Home to Australia's largest collection of fossils and minerals, donated by Warren Somerville AM. See sparkling gemstones up close, learn about the geology and science behind what the world is today, and marvel at the model T-Rex skeleton. All housed in the beautiful, historic former Bathurst Public School building.

Chifley Home

Former home of Australia's 16th Prime Minster sealed in time. An intimate display of Australian life during the early to mid 20th century.

Barcoo's Farmstays

Experience all the activities on a working farm just outside Bathurst. Feed the chooks, lambs and meet Georgie Pig or take a pony ride.

History Hill Museum

A huge display of gold-rush era artefacts that tell the history of Hill End. Explore the underground mine and try your hand at gold-panning.

Jenolan Caves

The world's oldest caves are yours to explore. From total novice to experienced caver there are breathtaking tours for everyone.

Mini-Golf

Try the new gold-rush themed mini-golf course at NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park. Open to both guests
and visitors.

Simmo's Offroad Tours

Let experienced local guide, Greg Simpson guide you to some of the lesser known parts of our beautiful region on fishing, camping or wine tours.

Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Built in 1862, this former working flour mill displays much of the grain refining machinery of the time, as well as the rich history of the area with a range of commercial and household goods on display throughout its three storeys.

National Motor Racing Museum

Located at the foot of the famous Mount Panorama Racing circuit, this museum celebrates Bathurst's history as a proud location on the national motor sporting calendar. See a huge collection of bikes, cars and the Immersive Room for a virtual hot lap.

Abercrombie House

A grand Scottish baronial mansion built in the 1870s, and now the private home of the Morgan family, Abercrombie House opens its doors and garden to the public year-round for tours, high tea, jazz and theatrical performances and night tours.

Bathurst District Historical Society Museum

This museum is overflowing with historical artefacts that tell the story of Bathurst, from Wiradjuri land to bustling regional centre and everything in between. Family records and archives are also available to print for a small fee.

Mayfield Garden

Inspired by the great gardens of Europe, Mayfield Garden has to be seen to be believed. 65 hectares of magic that has all been constructed from the ground up.

Detour Adventures

Explore Bathurst and her surrounding villages on a one to four day tour through the rugged landscapes you'll only see off the beaten track.

Bathurst Tours

Bathurst Tours will take you anywhere you fancy in absolute style. With a local guide to give you all the best tips for an enjoyable trip.

Bathurst Soaring Club

Try the 'Air Experience Flight' where you can sit back and enjoy the amazing Central West scenery while gliding through the sky.

Turon Technology Museum

A fascinating collection of steam and combustion engines from the Industrial Revolution that have profoundly influenced modern life.

Ash's Speedway Museum

Quite possibly a contender for Australia's Most Impressive Man Cave, browse this amazing collection of all things motor sport.

Bathurst Goldfields

Learn the art of gold panning at this iconic attraction on Mount Panorama. Gold panning demonstrations are run Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm during New South Wales school holiday periods.

Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing

The historic Tyers Park is the key racing centre for the Central Districts region. Major annual meetings include the Bathurst Cup (February) and Soldier's Saddle (ANZAC Day).

Bathurst Harness Racing Club

One of Australia's most successful provincial race clubs. The club conducts 58 thrilling race meetings a year including the highly popular Gold Crown Carnival each autumn.

Miss Traill's House & Garden

A delightful heritage house museum, this Victorian-era bungalow was left to the National Trust in 1976 and the collection it holds features pieces that once belonged to the region's original settlers.

Memorial Walk

Since 1977 Bathurst RSL Club has displayed service-related memorabilia dating from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

Heritage Park

Situated on former military training grounds the park now operates as an educational centre and petting zoo.

Cobb & Co Coach

See this amazing restored coach up close at Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.

Old Government Cottage

Said to have been built in 1817, Old Government Cottage is one of the oldest brick buildings in Australia!

Gunther's Lane

Experience the latest in consumer technology at Gunther's Lane like Virtual Reality and 3D printing.

Metro 5 Cinema

Five big screens to watch all the latest blockbusters and family flicks, plus a fully stocked snack bar.

Hill End Heritage Centre

Located right in the centre of Hill End Historic Site, this interactive museum is the ideal starting point for your Hill End experience. Step into the beautifully restored 1950s Rural Fire Service shed, and enjoy the displays at your own pace.

St Joseph's Heritage Centre

Situated among the picturesque hills of Perthville, St Joseph's Heritage and Conference Centre provides a beautiful space where people are welcome to pray, stay or participate in workshops that soothe the spirit.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW. It is a professionally staffed facility owned and operated by Bathurst Regional Council.A combination of beautiful natural landscapes and the dynamic history of villages such as Hill End, Carcoar, Sofala and Millthorpe have created a unique attraction for visual artists in the Bathurst region since 1815.

T.Arts Gallery

The Tablelands Artists Co-operative Gallery, also known as t.arts Gallery, is a not-for-profit, artist run, community co-operative that showcases the creative talents of its members living in the Tablelands region. As well as showcasing the works of our cooperative members, the Gallery is ever changing due to regular exhibitions displaying the varied works of local artists.