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Bathurst and its surrounding towns certainly have a lot to offer anyone interested in Australian history. After all, this city, Australia’s oldest inland European settlement, began its life in 1815 and grew in the 1850s when the gold rush began. A town that proudly preserves its heritage – think workers cottages, grand mansions slab huts and exquisite turn-of-the-century buildings – Bathurst is the perfect mix of old and new.

Did you know that former Prime Minister Ben Chifley was born in Bathurst in 1885? His home is now an important part of Bathurst’s history – this surprisingly humble abode contains original household furnishings and personal belongings of the Chifleys.  

But that’s not all, there is also Abercrombie House the impressive Scottish Baronial mansion from the 1870s, the well-preserved history of the nearby village of Hill End and its gold mining past, a restored Cobb and Co Coach in the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, and numerous bushranger stories you can hear in town as you walk through myriad of old buildings and laneways.

Rich culture is everywhere here, all you really need to do is look and listen. 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, a begonia house and a delightful fountain, all remnants from a bygone era. Bathurst is an exciting mix borne of a spectacular history that really has to be seen to be believed.

Bathurst Town Square
Russell Street, Bathurst 

The streets of Bathurst Town Square are filled with the tales of the nation, from the colonial Bathurst Courthouse to the gardens of Kings Parade, which are home to the Boer War Memorial and the War Memorial Carillon. Reminisce at the art deco architecture of George Street, grab a coffee at Moubar Vintage and stroll down Ribbon Gang Lane, whose namesake made up one of the most notorious bushranger gangs in Australia’s history.

Bathurst Carillon Tower Town Square

Bathurst Railway Precinct

Havannah Street, Bathurst

This isn’t your average, early-morning commuter railway station. The heritage-listed Bathurst Railway Precinct is a Victorian Tudor-style station and conjures up glamorous images of rail travel in the Gold Rush days. Former Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, famously worked here.

Chifley Railway

Abercrombie House
311 Ophir Road, Bathurst
02 6331 4926

Abercrombie House is the place to channel your inner Jane Austen and act "proper" over a pot of tea and a plate of scones. Built in the 1870s by Bathurst pioneers the Stewart family, today the regal dwelling has opened its doors to royalty and offers tours, delicious high teas, jazz nights and performances.

Abercrombie House Bathurst

History Hill Museum
3458 Hill End Road, Hill End
0428 378 222

Find little nuggets of gold history at the History Hill Museum with a collection of memorabilia and artefacts from the gold rush days displayed around the old, rustic building. You can even try to gold pan to find your own fortune.

History Hill Museum Hill End
Chifley Home
10 Busby Street, South Bathurst
02 6333 1111

Home of former Australian Prime Minister, Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth, this Victorian residence and living museum is a time capsule to life in the 1940s. The humble dwelling has been kept exactly how Ben and Elizabeth would have known it, along with changing exhibitions in the adjoining Chifley Home Education Centre revealing the fascinating ways of life in the Depression years and beyond.

Chifley Home Bathurst

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
224 Howick Street, Bathurst
02 6331 5511

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is a stunning reminder that there are many things in the world so beautiful that they don’t require a filter, including those in the Somerville Collection. The world class collection of over 2,000 fossils and mineral specimens is housed in the historic 1876 Bathurst Public School building with a Tyrannosaurus rex to top it off.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Bathurst

Bathurst Courthouse
Russell Street, Bathurst
02 6339 9300

Considered one of the finest examples of Victorian public architecture, the courthouse is constructed of local brick, sandstone detail and a remarkable octagonal dome designed by renowned colonial architect James Barnet.

Bathurst Court House

Bathurst Historical Society Museum
162 Russell Street, Bathurst
02 6630 8455

Take a step back in time and discover a world of Aboriginal artefacts, convict and colonial era, goldmining history and the life of our early pioneers. See how the people lived through the extensive collection of everyday items from the past.

Bathurst District Historical Society Museum

Macquarie River

Pack a picnic, jump on a bike and explore the opening chapters of the colonial settlement of inland Australia. You will come across the Pillars of Bathurst cultural heritage garden, the historic Denison Bridge and Macquarie’s Flagstaff.

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Chifley Home

Group bookings by appointment. Chifley Home is a house museum which served as the only marital home of Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his…
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Kings Antiques Bathurst

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Ash's Speedway Museum

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Turon Technology Museum

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Rockley Mill

Three floors of interesting artefacts, historic mill machinery, displays of historic clothing, newspapers, old police records and more. Group bookings…
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Old Government Cottage

Old Government Cottage is one of the oldest brick buildings in Australia, said to have been built in 1817. This historic house is part of the building…
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All Saints Cathedral Bathurst

On the first Wednesday of each month, a music recital is held in the Cathedral from 1 pm. The recitals give musicians an opportunity to perform in a…
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Cobb & Co Coach

Bathurst Visitor Information Centre is home to a proudly restored Cobb & Co coach. The headquarters for Cobb & Co was established in Bathurst in 1862…
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National Motor Racing Museum

The National Motor Racing Museum (NMRM) is a unique Australian attraction located beside the famous international Mount Panorama motor racing…
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Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

Billions of years in the making, this world class museum allows you to explore the natural history of our planet. In our unique fossil and mineral…
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History Hill

Two kilometres on the Bathurst side of Hill End you'll find History Hill Museum, with over 10,000 rare and unusual artefacts from the goldfields of…
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Heritage Park Bathurst

Rich in history, education and experience, Heritage Park Bathurst is your one stop to discover scenic and historic Bathurst NSW. …
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Holy Trinity Church

The Anglican parish of Kelso was founded in 1825. This was the first church in Australia to be consecrated by a Bishop and the first church built in…
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Northeys of Hill End

Northeys Apartment, situated in the beautiful historic village of Hill End, offers visitors the unique opportunity to stay in the most iconic building…
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Abercrombie House

Abercrombie House, a heritage treasure of the region and private home of the Morgan family, is open on many days during the year for guided tours and…
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Bathurst Goldfields

With over 37 years' experience, Bathurst Goldfields celebrates the period of Australian history and development from the 1850's. Opening Hours -…
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Miss Traill's House & Garden

Built by Reverend Thomas Sharpe in 1845, Miss Traill resided in this Colonial Georgian bungalow from 1931 until her death in 1976. She was the great…
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Bishop's Court Estate

Grand... historic and amazingly beautiful ! Circa 1870 , tastefully designed with magnificent gardens situated high on the hill overlooking historic…
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Bundyi Cultural Tours

Bundyi Cultural Tours specialise in sharing Wiradjuri Aboriginal culture on full and half day fully escorted and guided tours in the Riverina, near…
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Bathurst Showground

Bathurst Showground offers powered and unpowered camp and van sites, overnight or longer term. The showground is pet friendly provided they are…
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Bathurst District Historical Society Museum

The museum is overflowing with historical artefacts, you can see the tree trunk carved by Surveyor Evans to mark his reaching the Lachlan River and…
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Bathurst One Day Tours

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Historical Guided Bathurst Tours

For a specialised tour of Bathurst, enjoy the expertise and knowledge of our step on guide, who can take your group a walking tour around Bathurst's…
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Buddens B&B Guesthouse

Treat yourself to a getaway at our delightful guesthouse located in this historic village of Rockley just 25 minutes south of Bathurst or west of…
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Tannin Apartment

Tannin Apartment (circa 1850) provides stylish quiet accommodation close to Bathurst CBD. Enjoy the mix of a lovingly restored cathedral ceiling…
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