Australian Traveller

The best farm gates, cellar doors and summer fun in Bathurst

As the MERCURY rises, there’s no better way to KEEP COOL than to head INLAND.

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BATHURST IS DOTTED with charming rural villages, patchwork plains and worldclass museums. And while curling up beside a log fire in winter is a great way to embrace the Central Tablelands’ cooler climes, you’ll find the region is a summer haven, too.

FARM GATES AND CELLAR DOORS

In addition to Bathurst’s vibrant restaurant­s and buzzy cafes, you’ll find a plethora of farm gates and cool-climate wineries that are keen to welcome you. Take the three-hour drive west of Sydney over summer to celebrate the best of the season’s stone fruit at ORCHARD, a family-run YARRALEE operation famous for its harvest of peaches, nectarines and cherries, or visit GEORGE AND PRODUCE. November/ SUE’S CHERRY FARM & December is peak cherry season and pickyour-own experience­s are available at HILL ORCHARD. You can also pull on VIEW CHERRY your work boots at FARMSTAYS. BARCOOS Keep an eye out for small-batch, family-run vineyards such as RENZAGLIA WINES (renzagliaw­ines.com.au) and WINBURNDAL­E (winburndal­ewines.com.au) on a scenic WINES drive that links the historic villages of Perthville, Ophir, O’Connell and Rockley. OUTDOORS AND FOSSICKING Bathurst’s colourful gold-mining history is legendary and today, the allure of finding a nugget or two still draws the crowds. Two public gold-fossicking areas, AREA, TAMBAROORA COMMONS FOSSICKING and RESERVE, present golden OPHIR opportunit­ies for the whole family to fossick. Guided tours with DETOUR ADVENTURES (detouradve­ntures.com.au) and SIMMO’S OFFROAD TOURS (simmosoffr­oadtours.com) are also available. Bathurst is also blessed with a variety of pristine walking trails, spectacula­r crystal and limestone caves and parks designed to keep kids entertaine­d for hours. Enjoy a hike at GOLDEN GULLY WALKING TRACK, explore and go ABERCROMBI­E CAVES horse riding at (yarrabin.com). YARRABIN

SUPERCARS

MT PANORAMA/WAHLUU MOTOR RACING (mount-panorama.com.au) may be CIRCUIT famous for race events, but anyone can enjoy the exhilarati­on of driving a lap of the 6.2-kilometre public circuit. Make a pitstop at the NATIONAL MOTOR RACING MUSEUM (museumsbat­hurst.com.au), a space that celebrates the rich history of Australian motor sport and follow it up with a visit to ASH’S (ashsspeedw­aymuseum.com. SPEEDWAY MUSEUM au), home to the largest collection of speedway memorabili­a in the southern hemisphere. Just one more way of keeping ‘cool’ this summer. For further informatio­n on spring and summer fun in Bathurst, visit Bathurst Region Tourism. bathurstre­gion.com.au

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Great Race Festival Saturday Street Fair; Renzaglia Wines; Bathurst offers a wealth of gold rush heritage; Enjoy horse riding and horse-drawn rides at Barcoos Farmstays.

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