Bathurst, Australia – Things to See & Do

Hello there! You may have noticed lately that I am having a lot of guest posts lately – this is because I am not traveling very much these days, so why not share the gift of other travel bloggers in the meantime? Today I have Olivia Bourke, a travel writer who loves exploring the great hidden gems of Australia and wandering around in other countries. She writes for Great Lost and other travel related blogs to learn, inspire and inform others of the beauty of the world. Find her on Instagram at @OliBLost and check out her blog, Great Lost.


As regional city located west of Sydney, Bathurst gives travellers a taste of country life mixed with modern living luxuries. The area is filled with a large variety of things to do and places of interest, especially historical and natural sites. Bathurst has the nickname of ‘Gold Country’ because it was where gold was first discovered in Australia and also where the first gold rush in Australia occurred. Here’s some of the cool things you should experience when visiting Bathurst:

Mining

Bald Hill Tourist Mine has guided tours that take you back to the 1870s where you can walk through old mine shafts and learn how colonial gold rush miners looked for gold with methods such as the hammer and tap mining techniques. Look down a 80m long tunnel and immerse yourself in a piece of history. If you’re keen enough you can exit the tunnel via a 30m ladder!

Another must-do when down in Bathurst is to try your luck with gold panning at the Bathurst Goldfields. You probably won’t find gold nuggets, but specks of gold will be more than happy to find you! It’s a complete reconstruction of a gold mining village from the colonial days, with a mine, miner’s hut, blacksmith’s forge and all the relics of the gold rush days. There’s an indoor and an outdoor museum here too.

Caves

At the Abercrombie Caves, you can check out the Archway – it’s the largest natural limestone bridge in the southern hemisphere! This series of limestone caves consists of the popular Archway Cave where the Archway resides. You can do a self-guided tour of this cave since there’s automatic lighting and information on signs. If you prefer guided tours, Bushrangers Cave is the main one, with a history of having been used as a hideout by bushrangers in the past. There’s a campground at the area, where you can stay the night, hike some walking tracks, swim in the nearby creek and hold picnics.

Events

When in Bathurst, keep in mind of key dates for events such as the Bathurst 1000 which is a 1000km touring car race held at the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit every year.

The Royal Bathurst Show is another popular event that amasses more than 20000 people per year. This event focuses on the agricultural, rural, horticultural and pastoral industries and is where produce, arts, craft and livestock of the region are showcased. It’s an agricultural show that is somewhat similar to the Sydney Royal Easter Show as there are carnival rides, showbags and other attractions too.

Culture, History and the Arts

Bathurst is full of places of historical significance such as the Chifley Home which was once the home of then Prime Minister Ben Chifley and now a museum and the Abercrombie House, which was built in the 1870s by the Stewart family who were Bathurst pioneers.

A recommended stop at Bathurst is the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) which is a very popular regional gallery that regularly features great contemporary art exhibitions in this modern and well-equipped facility. With free entry, we can assume the art gallery also deserves the right to brag about its operation of the highly celebrated Hill End Artists in Residence Program.

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