bathurst travel guide
The best of Bathurst.
Things to see and do.
Bathurst Court House – Photo by sv1ambo
Chilfley Home – Photo by denisbin
Chifley Home and Education Centre
10 Busby Street, Bathurst
Ph 02 6333 6111
Guided Tours Saturday, Sunday & Monday at 10am and 12pm
Admission – Adult $12, Senior $10, Child $8, Family $32
Former Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s home. Discover the life of one of Australia’s great Prime Ministers and the challenges of the 1940s in a World War II house museum. The Chifley Home was the only marital home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth. Today, this modest semi-detached terrace still contains its original collection of household furnishings and personal effects dating back to when the Chifleys first occupied the house in 1914.
Abercrombie House – Photo by denisbin
> Abercrombie House
c. 1870s mansion, 311 Ophir Road. For opening times check with the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.
> Miss Trail’s House
321 Russell Street. c. 1845. Administered by the NSW National Trust, the house and garden records the life and times of a Pioneer family. Open Tues – Sat. 1 pm to 3 Pm, Sunday l0 am to 3.30 Pm, Public holidays 1 pm to 3 pm.
Photo by sv1ambo
Australia’s oldest inland settlement
Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement has magnificent historic public buildings, beautiful parks and gardens and iconic memorials and monuments.
The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum have unique collections that are guaranteed to impress.
Lovers of history will enjoy great Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s modest home and see the stream loco he drove when he worked on the railways. Miss Trails cottage is a National Trust treasure and Abercrombie House is an outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture. However, the iconic best of all is the magnificent Bathurst Court House Australia’s best examples of Victorian-era public architecture designed by James Barnet. It opened in 1880 and still is in use today.
Reminders of the of the 1850s gold rush era abound in the city and in the surrounding villages such as Hill End and Sofala and they are now magnates for history buffs, fossickers, photographers and artists.
Nearby the world’s oldest caves allow you to explore you the wonders of the underground.
And motor racing enthusiasts will enjoy driving the circuit around Mount Panorama and the seeing the treasures inside the National Motor Racing Museum.
Bathurst Visitor Information Centre
1 Kendall Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Ph 02 6332 1444
Open 9am – 5pm Daily Closed Christmas and Boxing Day
> Visit the Bathurst & District Historical Society’s Museum in Russell Street, at the eastern end of the Court House.
> Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit and the National Motor Racing Museum – open 9 am to 4.30 pm daily.
> Discover the Bathurst and Kelso Heritage Trails, or the Cobb & Co Trail. Details are available from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.
> Come and wonder at a bygone form of transport. A fully restored Cobb & Co coach is on display at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre – open daily 9am to 5pm.