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Bathurst: Everything you need to know!

Discover the historic charm and family fun in Australia’s oldest inland settlement

Kids enjoying Bathurst
Kids enjoying Bathurst



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Phone number: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre – (02) 6332 1444


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Main Visitor Information Centre street address:1 Kendall Avenue Bathurst NSW 2576

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum


2 to 2.5 hours drive from Sydney

Family appeal

Renowned for its car-racing and university, Bathurst is this year’s hotspot for a short break for families.

Bathurst offers a vibrant city centre packed with fun. Learn about car and motorcycling history at the National Motor Racing Museum, join a ghostly night tour or enjoy high tea at Abercrombie House and nostalgic treats at Annie’s Old Fashioned Ice-cream Parlour. Drive to historic villages Sofala, Hill End and Rockley for bushranger and gold rush experiences.

The growing sophistication of Bathurst satisfies grown-ups too, with hip cafes, award-winning bars and restaurants tucked away down cobblestone laneways, and a renowned art gallery.

Kid's activities/local attractions

  1. Meet a real T-rex dinosaur at the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
  2. Drive the world famous Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit and see views of the Bathurst plains as the early explorers did
  3. Enjoy high tea or a ghostly tour at historic Abercrombie House, which has 52 rooms and six internal staircases
  4. Discover the history of motor racing at the National Motor Racing Museum
  5. Annie’s Old Fashioned Ice-cream Parlour – step back in time for sweet treats in a gorgeous old-fashioned shop and try the locally named Sofala Gold variety
  6. Barcoo’s Barn offers the perfect farm-stay or visit with pony rides, feeding the animals and collecting the eggs
  7. Crago Mill Emporium and Heritage Centre – enjoy home-baked treats in the café and admire the beautifully restored four storey mill, while the kids check out the antique toys and lolly shop
  8. Simmo’s Off Road Tours or Detour Adventures – get up close and personal with nocturnal animals, including sugar gliders, wombats, kangaroos and platypus
  9. Abercrombie Caves – bushrangers and miners once roamed these caves, test the echo and acoustics or pan for gold in the creek
  10. Yarrabin Horse Riding – take a ride through spectacular countryside on a lovely quiet horse
  11. History Hill at Hill End is a great place to learn about the gold rush days of the 1850s with a magnificent display of fossicking and mining tools, an underground mine and blacksmith shop
the National Motor Racing Museum
The National Motor Racing Museum

What's in it for Mums?

The historic town centre is filled with character buildings from the 1800s, many that are being re-vitalised as laneways bars, cafes and restaurants, like The Church Bar, The Hub, Webb & Co and Cobblestone Lane. Mum can enjoy a renowned citron tart and choux pasties from award-winning Legall Patisserie, taste locally made gin from Stone Pine distillery, pick up fresh vegetables from the Farmers Markets, and spend an afternoon tasting award-winning cool climate wines from Vale Creek Wines & Renzaglia.

Did your know?

Bathurst is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia. Bathurst is celebrating its bicentenary throughout 2015 with street festivals, illuminations, concerts, art exhibitions and more.

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Information supplied by Visit Bathurst and correct at time of publication, June 2015


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