Get Outdoors

Whether you’re an active or passive outdoor adventurer, there is so much to see, do and explore in the great outdoors of the Bathurst region.

Fossicking in Bathurst

The days of the gold rush have long since passed, but you can still find gold in the Bathurst region if you know where to look.
Read our top tips for fossicking, with maps and guides showing you where to find gold and the rules about fossicking in NSW. Or if you're new to fossicking, take a gold panning tour with a local expert.

Camping in Bathurst

Bathurst is full of fantastic camping opportunities for all seasons. Whether you are looking for a powered caravan site or a secluded bush camping experience there is something for everyone in the Bathurst region.

See our featured sites or download our camping guide to discover your own hidden gems.

Mount Panorama

Mount Panorama-Wahluu is an icon not to be missed when visiting Bathurst. The famous mountain is home to many races on the Australian motorsport calendar, and is also a sacred Wiradjuri site.

With spectacular views from the top, picnic facilities, a playground and the new Skyline Boardwalk it's quite easy to spend a couple of hours here.

Birdwatching In Bathurst

Bathurst has a diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems, supporting a wide variety of bird life and some fantastic bird watching opportunities.

Cycling in Bathurst

Whether you are looking for a short afternoon ride along the river, or a heart pounding half day challenge there are plenty of opportunities for cycling in the Bathrust region.

Bush Walking in Bathurst

Discover beautiful, scenic hiking opportunities to take in the natural wonders of the Bathurst region. From pine forests, to lush, pristine bushland, sparkling creeks and waterfalls, glimpses of gold rush history, and views for days. Get Lace up your hiking boots and your bush walking fix here.

Four Wheel Driving

The Bathurst region has some fantastic opportunities for four wheel driving. From challenging terrain with river crossings to leisurely scenic drives through the pine forests. With the Bridle Tracks re-opening there is no shortage of 4WD opportunities in the Bathurst region.

Flat Rock Picnic Area

Grab a picnic and spend the day at Flat Rock on the banks of the Fish River. This rustic but gorgeous recreational spot is popular for locals to relax and sunbake on the rocks. Camping is allowed but there are limited facilities so make sure you pack what you need and take your rubbish with you.

Machattie Park

This stunning park in the heart of Bathurst designed and built in the late Victorian era remains one of the favourite places in town for visitors and locals to admire.
See if you can find The Duck Pond, The Rotunda, Monro Drinking Fountain, The Fernery, Begonia House and the Grand Fountain.

Cherry Picking in Bathurst

Who doesn't love these delicious, juicy staples of every Australian Summer? Cherry season starts from late November to early December and Bathurst has some great local cherry producers who offer farm gate sales and pick your own opportunities. Perfect on a pav, or just enjoy them all on their glorious own.

Kissing Point Lookout

Just outside of Hill End, this lookout offers excellent views over the Turon River Valley and Split Rock.

Evans Crown

A steep half hour climb to the top will have you puffing, but just wait until you see the view!

Manning Aquatic Centre

Cool off on a hot summer's day in Bathurst in the 50 outdoor pool, or the indoor water playground.

Bathurst Soaring Club

Spend an amazing 20 or 30 minutes in a glider over Bathurst for the experience of a lifetime. Flights are available most weekends pending conditions and gift vouchers are available.

Mushroom Picking

Get out in nature during the Autumn season, hunting for gourmet pine mushrooms. Learn where to go, how to find, identify, pick and prepare gourmet edible mushrooms.

Boundary Road Reserve

Locally referred to as "The Kangaroo Track" as you are nearly guaranteed to see a few of these furry friends here.

Ohkuma Japanese Garden

Ohkuma, Japan is the Sister City of Bathurst. A landscape designer from Ohkuma designed this peaceful spot.

Macquarie River

Walk or cycle this easy path meandering along the Macquarie River. Look out for beautiful statues and landmarks.

Abercrombie Caves

50 minutes' drive to the south west of Bathurst is the Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve, home to the unforgettable Abercrombie Caves.

Chifley Dam

Bathurst's main water catchment 20 minutes drive from town is super popular in the summer months for boating, fishing, camping, and water sports.

Fishing in Bathurst

Fly fishers and carp catchers, grab your lures and lines and we bait you'll snag something. From the Macquarie/ Wambool, to the Turon, and all catchment areas in between.

Bathurst Golf Club

Test your skills and tee off on one of inland New South Wales' finest 18-hole Championship courses.

Adventure Playground

This epic park is the perfect place to let off some steam. Bike track, giant slide, flying foxes and a maze!

Greening Bathurst Tours

Find a new perspective on the Bathurst region with Greening Bathurst's self guided scenic and natural history tours. Written by David.G with the Greening Bathurst Society.

Wallaby Rocks Crossing

Camp, swim and fish at this local favourite spot along the cooling waters of the Turon River. Not too far from town, its perfect for a splash and a play on a hot summer day.

Horse Riding in Bathurst

Get out and active horse riding in Bathurst. Please note that most are only available during school holiday camps.

Geotourism in Bathurst

Bathurst is rich in geological formations, history and attractions. We have all the information you need to get out there and start learning and exploring.
Rocks rock!