Discover Heritage

A town that proudly preserves its heritage.

Bathurst, situated in Wiradjuri country, is Australia’s oldest inland European settlement having been established in 1815.

Bathurst is the perfect mix of old and new.

Rich history is everywhere here, and it is so much more than just the facades of grand buildings. Restaurants are housed in buildings that were once hotels or the town’s post office; lanes are named after gangs of bush rangers who were captured and hanged for robbing townsfolk. And then there is the beauty of the city’s Victorian park, the gorgeous Machattie Park, with its bandstand, begonia house and a delightful fountain, planned in the Victorian era to be a joy to successive generations.

Bathurst is an exciting mix borne of a spectacular history that really has to be seen to be believed. And the rich heritage continues across the region with each village having its own unique charm and character.

Iconic Heritage Buildings

Two streets back from the busy Great Western Highway is the heritage heart of Bathurst where gorgeous heritage buildings present a photographer's dream. Admire, explore and experience high Victorian architecture.

Explore a Museum, or 20 Museums!

The Bathurst region is home to over 20 museums and historic houses open to the public. From the home of Ben & Elizabeth Chifley, to motor racing at Mount Panorama to gold or even dinosaurs! You will find these and more around Bathurst.

Learn about our History

From the ancient stories of the Wiradjuri to the journeys of Evans and Governor Macquarie. Through the wild years of the gold rush and the growth of the 'City of the Plains' and the story of Ben Chifley, the history of the Bathurst region is a fascinating journey.

Pillars of Bathurst Podcast

The pillars of Bathurst commemorate the past citizens of Bathurst who added something special to the Bathurst region. Listen in to the Pillars of Bathurst Podcast to hear their stories and learn about what makes Bathurst special.

Experience Heritage Events

The history of the Bathurst region comes alive throughout the year at a series of exceptional heritage events from the Heritage Trades Trail and Autumn Colours Heritage Tours to 'The End Festival' and Rebellion on the Turon.

Stay in our Heritage

The boutique elegance of Bishop's Court Estate, the Victorian splendour of Jenolan Caves House and the delightful charms of Buddens Guesthouse, The Old Milltown Police Station and so many more will make your stay as grand as in a bygone age!

Heritage Walks

Get up close and personal as you explore the region's heritage on foot. Perfect photo opportunities abound, the stories and characters you encounter will surprise and delight. Download our 'Step Beyond App' and gain a deeper appreciation of our rich history.

Dine, Sip and Savour in Heritage

The Bathurst region's respect for its heritage is evident in the new life breathed into heritage buildings. The wonderful 'Church Bar' in the old Anglican Church School House, 'Vine & Tap' in the Brooke Moore Centre, Chisholms Grand Dining Room...The list is long!

Heritage Drives

Strike out to the north of Bathurst to the Gold country and villages of Wattle Flat, Sofala and Hill End. Or head to the south where scenic drives take in the iconic rural landscapes and delightful villages of Rockley, Perthville and Trunkey Creek.