Our road trip to historical Bathurst. Once we climbed the Blue Mountains winding roads over to the Macquarie River we found ourselves in the central west region of NSW. A region that is surrounded by rolling paddocks, lush vineyards, a steep history and friendly country folk.
Three hours later from Sydney we arrived in the historical town of Bathurst, our first stop and once the scene of the gold rush era.
What to do In and Around Historical Bathurst
Established in 1815, its Australia’s oldest European inland settlement where you’ll find a nice blend of country and city lifestyles and a perfect mix of old and new.
Well, we all probably know Bathurst is most famous for its motorcar race ‘Bathurst 1000’ but what if you’re not an adrenaline and action junky, well here are 12 things to do at your own speed in and around the area.
1.Take a tour of Abercrombie House and stay for high tea – an amazing 50 room Scottish baronial mansion of the1870’s
2.Visit Hill End – a colonial gold mining town for those fascinated by Australia’s gold rush era
3. Check out the historical architecture – take a walk through the town centre with your camera and snap away
4. Explore the beautiful pine tree forest in Yetholme and collect pine cones – other bushwalking trails in the area include Beaufoy Merlin Lookout, the Grove Creek Falls walking track and more.
5. Explore the amazing Mayfield Gardens – a 30 minute drive from Bathurst on the way to or from Sydney
6. Drive a lap of Mount Panorama at your own speed or walk to the top of Mount Panorama and take in the view over Bathurst – it’s a public road outside of the ‘Bathurst 1000’ race (usually happens around 8 October). Visit the National Motor Racing Museum while you’re there.
7. Explore the spectacular Jenolan Caves – a world heritage site
8. Visit the wonderful Bathurst Regional Art Gallery – check out what’s on before you go they often have children’s activities
Delicious Fresh Local Produce
9. Check out the Bathurst Farmer’s Market – buy some fresh produce and help a local farmer. Open on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December is third Saturday) from 8am – 12noon.
10. Check out the many food places supporting local produce – Church Bar+Woodfired Pizza, The George Hotel, Webb & Co Beverage Emporium, Legall Patisserie & Café, Vine+Tap, Doppio Espresso, The Victoria Hotel, The Hub and much more!
11. Cruise the independent shops you’re sure to take home a keepsake – Brag Shop, Kings Antiques, Rankin Cottage Crafts, T.Arts Gallery, Bespoke & Co. Bathurst, Gorgeousness Home, Mooi Plants, Eve Creation and Enid’s Emporium…where I purchased a groovy 60’s inspired skirt which I just love!
12. Finally, download the ‘Bathurst – Step Beyond’ app – you’ll enjoy personal tours of some of the region’s greatest attractions voiced by local celebrities
TIP: It can get cold in Bathurst so make sure you bring some warmer clothes. Especially in the winter months when it can snow…rug up!
What a wonderful time we had exploring on our road trip to historical Bathurst.
Next stop Orange, 40 minutes further down the road!