Unearth Bathurst NSW
Bathurst is a city of multiple identities…one of those rare places that manages to be all things to all people. There’s a distinctly-refined air here, but the heritage of Australia’s oldest inland European settlement doesn’t intimidate its contemporary lifestyle.
Yes, there’s a whiff of conservative elitism in its many museums, galleries and dignified historic homes, but a young, university population reveals a spirited underground soul. Bathurst embraces its heritage whilst always crackling with new energy and change.
Among its monuments and memorials, alternative, innovative and inspired elements keep the eyebrows elevated. Surprises as vibrant as the hip bar Wiskey & Wags which wouldn’t be out of place in New York, and as obscure as turning a corner away from the roar of highway traffic and hearing a rooster crow.
But for a real personality switch, visit in October when this city of elegant architecture, parks and culture, goes high octane with the running of the Bathurst 1000 race on the world’s most dramatic motor racing circuit.
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Ride the wave of youthful energy generated by the university students and a strong creative community. There are plenty of cool venues and events. It might be a regional city but it has city smarts – a little bit quirky – not what you might expect.
48 Hours in Bathurst
Take time to amble around town and take in the history and heritage that gives Bathurst its elegance, substance and depth of character. In the heart of the city is Machattie Park with its relics of the late 1800s, Kings Parade, the War Memorial Carillon, Boer War Memorial, and the Bathurst District Historical Museum in the landmark Courthouse all of which are best experienced with the narrated tours of the ‘Bathurst Step Beyond App’, free from the Apple Store or Google Play. These are Bathurst’s pride, but its joy is in the vibrance of Keppel and George Streets, neighbourhoods alive with cafes, patisseries, fashion and retro stores and galleries run by creative young locals. Architecture and historic preservation are Bathurst’s gift to the 21st Century … but the gates aren’t locked. Stay a night or two in the cosseting charm of Bishop’s Court Estate Boutique Hotel, a mansion built for Anglican Bishop Samuel Marsden in 1870, or take high tea at Abercrombie House also built in 1870 by the pioneering Stewart family.
Breathes there a man with soul so dead/who never to his family has said/…let’s do a lap of the Mount Panorama racing circuit!
Bathurst is internationally famous for its dramatic motor racing circuit that has become a mecca for motor sport enthusiasts. Drive the circuit which remains a public road, and visit the National Motor Racing Museum and Ash’s Speedway Museum which perpetuate the names and deeds of past champions. Then drop the clutch and head off to explore the surrounding towns that still radiate Bathurst’s pioneering spirit. Trails start at the town’s doorstep and head north to Peel, Wattle Flat, Sofala and Hill End, or west to Blayney and Carcoar. Once home to thousands of gold miners, these villages each have their own story to tell … and a pub to tell it in.
Big cities and big institutions don’t produce creative works – individuals do. Celebrate this fact at Bathurst’s vibrant Regional Art Gallery, a stimulating revival house for the art world’s forgotten mavericks and a showcase of new media, style and dialogue.
Seven generations of the Suttor family have lived on the beautiful Brucedale property near Peel. In 1810, the patriarch George Suttor felt the need to give evidence in a London court in support of Governor Bligh’s role in the Rum Rebellion. The journey took two years. The evidence took 30 minutes. And yes, there is a guest cottage on the property.
- Bathurst Farmers Market (4th Saturday each month)
- Bathurst Autumn Colours Heritage Festival (MAR – MAY)
- V8 Supercars Repco Bathurst 1000 (OCT)
- Bathurst Winter Festival (July School Holidays)
SEE & DO AROUND BATHURST NSW
- Abercrombie House
- Discover the beautiful architecture of Bathurst through a walking tour, including Town Square and Kings Parade
- Machattie Park
- Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
- Chifley Home
- Autumn Colours Program: 3 months of wonderful colours and unique events celebrating the history, heritage and culture of the Bathurst Region
- Eat or sleep in one of Bathurst’s heritage buildings – Bishops Court Estate, Vine & Tap, The Grange Distillery, Church Bar & Woodfired Pizza, Cobblestone Lane Restaurant
- Keppel Street & Art Gallery precinct
- Mount Panorama
- National Motor Racing Museum
- Retrace your family history at Foundation Cairn and the Heritage Wall or visit one of the region’s iconic cemeteries
FOOD & WINE OPTIONS
- The Hub, 52 Keppel St. 02 6332 1565
- Harvest Café, 1 Kendall Ave. 02 6323 1811
- Chicane Bar & Grill, 1 Conrod Straight Mount Panorama. 02 6338 1831
- Church Bar, 1 Ribbon Gang Lane. 02 6334 2300
- Maalouf’s Restaurant, 52 George St. 02 6331 1477
- Dogwood Bx, 87 Keppel St. 02 6331 2410
- Vine & Tap, The Brooke Moore Centre, 142 William St. 02 3658 0875
- Vale Creek Wines, 438 Cow Flat Rd. 02 6337 2011