Things to do around Bathurst, NSW

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Bathurst is a great rural escape, rich and diverse with historic landmarks, walks & museums & a contemporary food & wine scene with “must stop” institutions. Enjoy the strong coffee culture, meet the local farmers at the farmers markets from its agricultural plains or join the newly launched Indigenous led tours exploring Bathurst’s deep, cultural heritage from 40,000 years ago.

There are plenty of nature walks from the river to a new elevated boardwalk at Mount Panorama/Wahluu and charming cottages, cosy Victorian terraces with plenty of country comfort & hospitality.

Bathurst is 3 hrs west of Sydney & 3hrs 15min north of Canberra.

WELLNESS & PAMPERING

EXPLORE & DISCOVER

  • Enjoy the buzz of seeing the beautiful Beyer-Garratt 6029 steam train heading up the hill towards Wimbledon after departing Bathurst
  • Explore and play at The Evans Crown Nature Reserve
  • See Australia’s largest collection of fossils at the Fossil & Mineral Museum
  • Taste test a local wine at Renzaglia, Winburndale, Rock Forest, Three Views Vineyard, Bellbrook Friends Wines
  • Save drink & driving with Simmo’s, Bathurst Tours, Detour Adventures
  • Explore our deep cultural heritage with Aboriginal Cultural Tours (Wiradyuri Nurambang (4WD Cultural Tour) and the Wahluu Cultural Tour
  • Try your hand at gold panning at the History Hill Museum
  • Celebrate everything speedway at Ash’s Speedway Museum
  • Join the fun at the annual 16-day Bathurst Winter Festival – stunning light shows, boutique food events with local wines & craft beers, outdoor ice-skating rink, carnival rides, local live music & more.
  • Spot a roo at Kangaroo Boundary Rd Reserve
  • Support local businesses in cafes, galleries, farm gates and shops
  • Cheer them on at Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit or drive the public road circuit yourself!
  • Visit the National Motor Racing Museum or Miss Traill’s house
  • Have fun at the Bathurst Sheep & Cattle Show
  • Admire fabulous local art at the Bathurst Regional Gallery or the new artist’ run, community co op, T.Arts Gallery
  • Get your tranquility on at Okhuma Japanese Garden at 3 Hereford St, Kelso
  • Machettie Gardens with a picnic basket. Opened in 1890, this Victorian park has a bandstand, fountain, a begonia house and  duck pond. See spectacular begonias of Begonia House in Machettie Gardens (open March – April), located at  William St & Keppel St, Bathurst NSW 
  • Enjoy a classic high tea in historic Abercrombie House (see website for Sunday openings)
  • Walk through Abercrombie’s gardens and grounds (tickets needed)
  • Whizz away on a flying fox at the Adventure Playground!
  • Bet on a winner at Bathurst Horse Racing club & Tyer’s Park
  • Take a drive to Abercrombie Caves (once the haunt of bushrangers) to explore the caves, have a refreshing swim & BBQ
  • Do a lap of the stretch between Griffins Bend and Forrest Elbow at Mount Panorama/Wahluu for spectacular views.
  • Or drive to the 19th-century village of Milthorpe which offers great food, wine, galleries, antiques, boutique shopping & historic buildings
  • Walk along the river and see the Ohkuma Japanese Garden or The Walk Around Bathurst Walk
  • Be amazed in the world’s oldest caves at Jenolan
  • Scan the historical artefacts at the Bathurst Historical Museum
  • Watch a flick
  • See the proudly restored Cobb & Co coach
  • Get lost in a maze at Mayfield Garden
  • Try the ‘Air Experience Flight‘ where you can sit back and enjoy the amazing scenery
  • Experience the latest in computer technology, Gunther’s Lane.
  • Take in a production at the Orange Theatre Co
  • Check out the ‘Arch at the Golden Gully walking track
  • Attend a concert at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre or cinema in the park, Bathurst

GOOD EATS 

  • The Crows Nest Cafe – 37 Keppel St, (delicious baked treats)
  • DogwoodBX (American dining)
  • 9inety 2wo
  • Vine and Tap
  • Moubar Vintage – coffee
  • Dogwood BX 
  • The Hen and Bow Espresso Bar – 4/13 Marsden Ln, Bathurst
  • Bootleg Bakery @bootlegbakerybathurst – 142 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795
  • Beekeepers Inn Cafe
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Doppio – 13 Keppel St
  • Bake, Table & Tea
  • Porters Cafe – 76 William St
  • B Town BBQ (pub grub)
  • The Victoria  (pub grub)
  • The George Hotel (pub grub)
  • Jack Duggans Irish Pub, 135 George Street, Bathurst
  • @thekingstablebathurst i.e. Kings Table Restaurant is located within the Kings Hotel is a family friendly eatery located at 60 George St, Bathurst NSW. Reviews boast great service & food.
  • Vine & Tap (Italian food & wine bar)
  • Gunthers Lane Cafe
  • Good Catch Cafe – 1/85 George St
  • Harvest Cafe & Store
  • Church Block (espresso bar & small eats) – 1/27 Alexander Street, Eglinton
  • Lo’s Rose Cafe – 12/82 Church St & George St
  • Ma Duggan’s Kitchen @Jack Duggan’s Irish pub
  • Panorama Takeaway – 292 Havannah St,
  • Hub (bar & eatery)
  • The Terrace Thai, 263 Durham St, West Bathurst
  • Birdie & Eagle
  • FoodBuds 
  • The Kitchen Cafe @ Mayfield Garden
  • Annie’s Ice Cream – 82/86 George St

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