Whether you’re an active or passive outdoor adventurer, there is so much to see, do and explore in the great outdoors in the Bathurst region. Here's a selection of some of the offerings to keep you occupied.
Mount Panorama-Wahluu is an Australian icon not to be missed when visiting Bathurst. Bet you didn’t know that there’s more than one way to take a hot lap around this famous road though. Do as many locals do and trade in your wheels for your legs and use man power to get you down Conrod Straight. Don’t fancy breaking a sweat? Then the only lap you need to take is one of Mount Panorama Estate’s cellar door. That’s right, there’s a winery right on the mountain. Or pack a picnic and stop at McPhillamy Park on the summit - it's an incredible spot for a selfie.
Hike, Run & Camp
A huge and crystal lined system of caves and once a favourite hang out for local gold-miners only an hour’s drive from Bathurst, Abercrombie Caves makes a great day trip to escape to nature and discover beautiful waterfalls, bushwalking and hiking trails. A purpose-built stage sits among the limestone arches where you can catch an underground concert on special occasions throughout the year.
Wallaby Rocks is a half hour drive from Bathurst in the Turon National Park. A top spot for swimming and fishing, mountain bikers can also enjoy the 8km trail. Locals suggest packing a picnic lunch, a good book and some of the local wine to indulge in on a sunny afternoon. You can also set up camp and spend a night under the stars.
Grab your binoculars and head to Boundary Road Reserve, just five minutes from the Bathurst CBD, to spot some rare Australian bird-life in this 85-hectare woodland. You’ll also find kangaroos snoozing in the sun and can catch a glimpse of the iconic white Mount Panorama letters on the nearby mountain. The John Cousins and Kangaroo Walking Tracks make it easy to navigate your way through the reserve.
Cycle Macquarie River
Grab your bike and get a map from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, then make your way to Macquarie River. This family-friendly cycling loop includes the Denison Bridge which provides a great view of the riverine landscapes, and several Insta-worthy heritage hot spots.
Grab your swag and spend a night at Flat Rock campground beside Fish River. This rustic but gorgeous camping site is a popular recreational spot for locals to relax and sun bake on the rocks.
Parks & Recreation
Keep your fitness in check at the Aquatic Centre where you can swim laps or work up a sweat in the steam room and sauna! There are also swim classes for kids and adults if anyone is keen to perfect their stroke.
Chifley Dam (As at 31st December 2019 there is a RED Alert level currently in place for Chifley Dam. Chifley Dam is CLOSED for all water related recreational activities). Please read WaterNSW Media Release
Chifley Dam Road, Bathurst
02 6332 1444
Popular among locals, Ben Chifley Dam is a great spot to go fishing, swimming, water skiing or take a boat out and sail along
Need Bait? Compleat Angler & Camping World Bathurst stocks live yabbies and worms for all your bait needs.
Machattie Park is located in the heart of Bathurst's CBD. Take a walk through lush gardens to Begonia House, a super-sized glass house which is home to over 300 begonia species. Or, watch the world go by with a cocktail at nearby Webb & Co. in the historic Webb Chambers. Machattie Park is also a hub for city events including the annual Bathurst Winter Festival.
One of the things families and kids love most about Bathurst is its wide open spaces. Kids can run free at the Bathurst Adventure Playground, an outdoor play zone which is also equipped with BBQ facilities, swings, flying fox, dinosaur sculptures and fossil footprints.
Bathurst Harness Racing Club is one of the state's largest and most successful harness racing clubs outside of metropolitan Sydney. Bathurst is centrally located within Central West NSW with Dubbo 2 hours to the west and Sydney 2.5 hours to the east. The Bathurst Harness Racing Club was launched a 'night' race meeting venue in 1953 and continues to enjoy a strong harness racing following and participation, with over 50 race TAB meeting hosted annually. Check out the Race Meeting Schedule and enjoy a great night of racing.
The Gold Crown Carnival will be held from 18 to 28 March 2020 and is filled with 5 race meetings, 6 social functions and tours of the region.
Experience Bathurst from the sky with the help of one of the biggest gliding clubs in NSW. You can learn to fly or take a trial glider flight that will have you soaring over the beautiful Bathurst countryside.
With the main event each year being the Soldier's Saddle Race Day proudly sponsored by the RSL Club on the 25 April each year you will enjoy premium horse racing, Fashions on the Field, 2UP, live music and plenty more! There is also plenty of other race meeting each year:
2020 Bathurst Race Dates
Friday 31st January
Monday 10th February
Monday 24th February
Saturday 25th April - Soldier's Saddle
Thursday 28th May
Monday 15th June
The facility can also be hired out for events including birthdays, celebrations, conferences, contact the office for more information.