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.

Here’s a selection of some of the offerings to keep you occupied at any time of the year.

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.

Mount Panorama

Mount Panorama-Wahluu is an icon not to be missed when visiting Bathurst. Home to many races on the Australian motorsport calendar, and 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.

Four Wheel Driving in Bathurst

Bathurst has some fantastic opportunities for four wheel driving. From rough river crossings to leisurely scenic drives, or taking a ride along tour with an eco-certified 4wd tour guide.

Read our guides on popular tracks and trails with maps and directions, see our local four wheel drive tour guides and localities to explore.

Abercrombie Caves

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

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife reserve also has a number of picturesque walks through the unique landscape, as well as a camping area along the crystal waters of Grove Creek.

Chifley Dam

Popular in the summer months for fishing, camping, and water sports. Chifley Dam is a picturesque place 20 minutes drive form Bathurst. Walk along the spillway or bring a barbeque picnic.

Stay the night in Chifley Dam Cabins, sleeping from 2 to up to 16. The cabins were once the homes of athletes for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games!

Adventure Playground

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

Evan's Crown

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

Boundary Road Reserve

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

Chesleigh Homestead

Spend the evening around the fire after a day's trail riding on horseback. This is a true Bathurst region experience.

Yarrabin Ranch

A family run business offering guided horseback trail rides, school holiday camps and ranch style accommodation.

Ohkuma Japanese Garden

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

Bathurst Golf Club

Test your skills on one of inland New South Wales' finest courses. Relax with a drink in the clubhouse afterwards.

Manning Aquatic Centre

Cool off on a hot summer's day in Bathurst.

Macquarie River

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

Machattie Park

This stunning park in the heart of Bathurst designed and built in late Victorian style 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.

Golden Gully

Golden Gully walking track is a short drive from the historic gold mining village of Hill End, about 1.5 hours from Bathurst. Enjoy a 15 to 30 minute walk of moderate ease.
Bring a hat, sunscreen and water to see the massive natural arch which has been eroded away over time.

Wallaby Rocks Crossing

A 40 minute drive from Bathurst, this is a top spot for swimming and fishing, mountain bikers can also enjoy the 8km trail. Locals suggest packing a picnic lunch. You can also set up camp for free and spend a night under the stars, but be sure to bring the essentials, and leave no trace.

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.

Kissing Point Lookout

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