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.

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 our Museums

The Bathurst region is home to a range of museums and historic houses open to the public. From the home of Ben and 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 events designed for the preservation of history from the Heritage Trades Trail and Autumn Colours Heritage Tours, Festival of Bells, 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, Wilga Station's The Wool Store and so many more will make your stay as grand as in a bygone age!

Dine, Sip and Savour

The Bathurst region's respect for its heritage is evident in the new life breathed into buildings through funky bars and restaurants. 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 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.

Heritage Drives

Step beyond to the Gold country through Wattle Flat, Sofala and Hill End. Or head south where scenic drives take in the iconic rural landscapes and delightful villages of Rockley, Perthville and Trunkey Creek. Each of our villages has its own history to explore.

Cobb and Co Heritage

Long before the days of motor vehicles the Cobb and Co coach reigned king. Transporting passengers, goods and mail across the country day and night. Bathurst became the headquarters of the Cobb and Co complete with booking offices and a factory to build and maintain coaches.

Historic Maps

If you are researching family history, looking for long lost farm houses or just want to see how Bathurst has changed over the years. There are some great resources out there to find historic maps and information. Read more to find out how to access them.