Bathurst | Wiradjuri Country

Why Visit?

Bathurst is famous for it’s car race on Mount Panorama which is always an iconic weekend. Scratch below the surface and you will find a bustling country town with top coffee, cafes, restaurants, pubs and unique shops. Bathurst has a lot to experience on its own and is also a great place to base yourself for day trips of surrounding towns.  

Why locals love it

Bathurst is loved for the friendly people, affordable housing,  education opportunities – primary, secondary and university,  the large country town feel, great restaurants, cafes and shops.  Bathurst also has its own dam and is well connected with a bullet train to Sydney twice a day.  

Coffee and Cafes

Crema | 173 George St, coffee is delicious!

Ristretto | 2/205 Howick St, enjoy the coffee and don’t go past the treat cabinet 

Doppio | lower Keppel st, this shipping container coffee shop serves a great brew

Tremain’s Mill | 7 Keppel St, a great place to grab a coffee and the kids can run around on the grass 

The Hub Cafe | 52 Keppel St, a more substantial breaky and lunch menu with good coffee


The George Hotel on George St,  for tasty food and wine 

The 1880 Hotel | 134 William St, has had an impressive reno and offers something for everyone including sports lounge, whiskey bar, TAB, alfresco dining and sometimes live music


Both restaurants below are heritage buildings with delicious food and wine. Put both on your list!

9inety 2wo | 92 Bentick St 

Cobblestone Lane | 173 George St 


To explore Bathurst’s great outdoors, head down to the river for a walk or wander through one of the beautiful parks in the city where you can grab a coffee afterwards. For more on parks read here

You can also walk around the iconic Mount Panorama. It is a normal road so you must be careful and treat it as such. For pedestrian safety a 1.7km walkway was installed in 2020. The walkway starts at Griffins Bend and runs across the top of the mountain providing a great view over Bathurst and surrounds. 

There is an international standard BMX track at 378 College Road Bathurst. The track is one of the best in Australia and has hosted a number of international events. 

Events not to Miss

 Bathurst has a vibrant event scene! Check out: 


There are two shopping malls in Bathurst with the major supermarkets and standard shops. Jane’s favourite unique shops include:

Gorgeousness Boutique  and Gorgeousness Home  which are located next to each other on William St. They have beautiful clothes, accessories and homewares. 

DeJorja  on Keppel St  has beautiful clothes, art and homewares all in one place. 

Bake, Table & Tea on George St,  for homewares, gifts, kitchenware and tea.

Things to Do – Kid friendly

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum |  224 Howick St, is seriously interesting for any age groups. If you have kids interested in Dinosaurs there is T-Rex skeleton on display. 

Bathurst Rail Museum | 126 Havannah St, gives insight into much of how regional NSW was developed. Interactive kids fun to be had. 

National Motor Racing museum | Murray’s corner, Mt Panorama for anyone interested in the history of Australia’s motor racing.

The best playground by far is the Adventure playground in Victoria Park, Corner of Durham and Hope St. It has flying foxes, slides, a maze and many more attractions to ignite your little ones imagination.

Day Trips

Jane’s favourite place to take visitors for a day out is to Millthorpe, about 30 mins from Bathurst. With three cellar doors and lunch at Tonic, you’re in for a fun day. If you need a quick break from food and wine, you can check out the gorgeous little shops in town. 

Cellar doors in Millthorpe include: 

Tamburlaine organic Wines | 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

Angullong cellar door | The Old Bluestone Stables, Cnr Park & Victoria Streets, Millthorpe

Slow wine co | 24 Victoria St, Millthorpe 

Sofala is about 35 minutes drive from Bathurst and Hill End is about 1 hours drive. Both are gold mining towns where you can go gold panning, grab something to eat and explore the historic villages. 

Carcoar is about a 40 min drive from Bathurst.  Although there is not much to do there, its a historic town and the buildings are beautiful

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