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Exploring Nature, History, and Culinary Delights in Bathurst

Bathurst offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Here's a guide to making the most of your stay, culminating in a delightful dinner at the Bathurst RSL Club.


Evans Crown Nature Reserve

Start your day with a visit to Evans Crown Nature Reserve, just 3 kilometres southeast of Tarana. This 425-hectare reserve boasts spectacular granite formations and a summit at Crown Rock, offering breathtaking views at 1104 meters above sea level. Embrace the cultural significance of this site to the Waradjuri Aboriginal people and revel in the beauty of native fauna.


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Wallaby Rocks Crossing

Head to Wallaby Rocks Crossing, a free camping area in Sofala. While camping might not be your agenda, the site is perfect for a picnic by the river. Enjoy the scenic beauty, swim in the river, or try your hand at fishing. Remember to leave the place tidy for the next visitors.


Bathurst Villages

Explore the unique villages surrounding Bathurst, each with its own charm and history. Travel through iconic rural landscapes, visit the gold country around Hill End and Sofala, and uncover the tales of Saint Mary McKillop, Bernard Otto Holtermann, and more.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery & Memorial Entertainment Centre

Immerse yourself in the arts at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, showcasing quality exhibitions since 1955. Then, catch a performance at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, a world-class facility in the CBD offering a diverse program of comedy, music, and family-friendly shows.


RedGround Truffle Hunts

Join RedGround Truffle Hunts for a one-of-a-kind experience. Hunt for truffles with trained scent detection dogs, indulge in truffle tastings and learn how to pair this culinary delicacy. Relax in the cozy RedGround Cottage, offering stunning valley views and a warm wood fire.


Fossicking in Bathurst

Relive the gold rush days by trying your hand at fossicking in the Bathurst region. Whether you're a seasoned prospector or a beginner, consider a gold panning tour with a local expert to discover the region's hidden treasures.


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Highland & Co: Farm Life Experience

Connect with animals, especially Highland cows, at Highland & Co. Just 10 minutes from Bathurst CBD, this family-friendly attraction allows you to interact with these distinctive-looking cows and offers a comfortable farm stay for a relaxing experience.


Jhobs Gold Panning Tour in Hill End

Join Jhob for a gold panning tour in Hill End. Learn how to find and identify gold in the company of a local expert. The tour is family-friendly, and all necessary equipment is provided.


Bathurst Tours: Explore the Region with Locals

Let Bathurst Tours guide you through the region's beauty. Choose from exclusive private tours, winery tours, heritage and cultural tours, or adventures exploring villages like Hill End and Sofala. Comfortable transfers to various destinations are also available.


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Abercrombie House and Bathurst Museums

Step into history with a visit to Abercrombie House, a Scottish baronial mansion open for guided tours. Explore various museums, including the Bathurst Rail Museum, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, and the National Motor Racing Museum.


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Simmo’s Offroad Tours: 4WD Adventures

Embark on fun and informative 4WD tours with Simmo’s Offroad Tours. From wine tasting to gold panning and wildlife photography, experience the best of the Central West of NSW.


Macquarie Woods Recreation Area: Bush Adventure Close to Bathurst

Situated 30 minutes west of Bathurst, the Macquarie Woods Recreation Area offers a genuine bush adventure. Enjoy picnics, exploration, and camping with facilities such as long-drop toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, and pet-friendly camping.


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Ohkuma Japanese Garden

Within the Macquarie River Bicentennial Park, discover the Ohkuma Japanese Garden—a serene reminder of Bathurst's sister city, Ohkuma, Japan. Built in 1998, the garden provides a tranquil space for cultural exchange.


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History Hill and Bald Hill Lookout in Hill End

Explore History Hill, a museum and underground mine just northeast of Hill End. Dive into the gold rush era with 10,000 artifacts and a 175m underground mine. Conclude your day at Bald Hill Lookout for a breathtaking sunset over Hill End's countryside.


Dinner at The Bistro, Bathurst RSL Club

Wrap up your day with a delightful dinner at The Bistro in Bathurst RSL Club. Indulge in freshly prepared, affordable menu options, including daily roasts, fish and chips, gourmet pies, and more. Don't forget to leave room for their popular desserts.



Bathurst offers a diverse range of activities, from nature exploration to cultural experiences and culinary delights. Your stay at the Heritage Inn becomes a gateway to discovering the rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture of this charming region. Enjoy every moment of your Bathurst adventure!

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