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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Fish River, the Turon, mighty Chifley Dam and all the creeks and catchment areas in between. Find all our top spots for finding fish 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.

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.

Read about some of the best spots in the Bathurst region to go birdwatching, including site species lists and a downloadable guide.

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 from 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!

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.

Kissing Point Lookout

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

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 in conjunction with the Greening Bathurst Society.

Barcoos Farm Experience

Experience all the activities and learn what life is like on a working farm just outside Bathurst.

Mushroom Picking in Bathurst

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 in the Bathurst region and surrounds.

Boundary Road Reserve

Locally referred to as "The Kangaroo Track" as you are 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.

Chesleigh Homestead

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

Geotourism in Bathurst

Bathurst is rich in geological formations history and attractions. With plenty of opportunities for learning.

Horse Riding in Bathurst

Get out an active horse riding in Bathurst. There are plenty of options for riders of every skill level.

Bathurst Golf Club

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

Adventure Playground

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

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.