THE FACTS

Country Style - - JOURNEY BATHURST NSW -

GET­TING THERE

AIR Re­gional Ex­press op­er­ates daily flights be­tween Sydney and Bathurst.

RAIL NSW Train­link op­er­ates daily rail ser­vices be­tween Sydney and Bathurst. Al­low be­tween three hours and 45 min­utes and five hours travel time, de­pend­ing on time of day.

ROAD It takes about three hours from the Sydney CBD to Bathurst on Great Western High­way, through the Blue Moun­tains and Lith­gow.

WHERE TO STAY

BISHOP’S COURT ES­TATE BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL A beau­ti­ful ho­tel in an his­toric manor house. 226 Seymour St. (02) 6332 4447; bish­op­scour­tes­tate.com.au EN­CORE APART­MENTS One- and two-bed­room lux­ury ser­viced apart­ments and a three-bed­room town­house. Con­tem­po­rary style, well-ap­pointed and fully equipped kitchen and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, and cen­trally lo­cated. 187 Piper Street. (02) 6333 6000; en­core­a­part­ments.com.au

THE MEWS APART­MENTS Two-bed­room, two-bath­room fully self-con­tained apart­ments cen­trally lo­cated on the site of the land­mark Royal Ho­tel. Each apart­ment has a pri­vate bal­cony. 108 Wil­liam Street. (02) 6332 4920; bathurs­ther­itage.com.au

THE DAIRY Re­laxed bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion with rooms in the main house, plus a self-con­tained cot­tage sleep­ing up to six peo­ple. 15 Water­works Lane. 0412 933 213; milk­house.com.au

DAVID JONES COT­TAGE An el­e­gant Vic­to­rian res­i­dence with a full kitchen and pri­vate court­yard. Three bed­rooms sleep seven peo­ple com­fort­ably with two bath­rooms and a sun-filled sit­ting room. 244 Wil­liam Street. (02) 6332 4920; bathurs­ther­itage.com.au HOPE STREET COT­TAGE This charm­ing cot­tage dates back to 1881 and fea­tures a faith­ful her­itage restora­tion. It sleeps up to six guests, so it’s per­fect for fam­i­lies and groups. Plus there’s a pretty gar­den and fully equipped kitchen. 247 Hope Street. 0412 475 539; bathurst­cot­tage.com.au

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

TOWN SQUARE HER­ITAGE AREA The set­tle­ment of Bathurst was pro­claimed in 1815 and the town plan ap­proved in 1833. It in­cor­po­rated a grand square bor­dered by Rus­sell, How­ick, Wil­liam and Ge­orge streets. Now des­ig­nated a his­toric area, it fea­tures a num­ber of im­pos­ing land­marks in­clud­ing King’s Pa­rade, the Court House, the War Memo­rial Car­il­lon, All Saints’ Angli­can Cathe­dral and The Royal Ho­tel. CHI­FLEY HOME This mod­est semi-de­tached ter­race re­mains a unique and iconic mu­seum de­voted to shar­ing the story of Australia’s 16th prime min­is­ter, Ben Chi­fley. 10 Busby Street. chi­fley­home.org.au

BATHURST RE­GIONAL ART GALLERY This dy­namic space was the first pur­pose-built re­gional gallery in NSW and is a vi­brant show­case of new me­dia, style and di­a­logue. 70–78 Kep­pel Street. (02) 6333 6555; bathurstart.com.au MOUNT PANORAMA AND MO­TOR SPORTS MU­SE­UMS Bathurst has an in­ter­na­tional pro­file in the mo­tor sport world for its dra­matic Mount Panorama rac­ing cir­cuit (mount-panorama.com.au). Drive a lap of the cir­cuit, visit the Na­tional Mo­tor Rac­ing Mu­seum (nmrm.com. au) and Ash’s Speed­way Mu­seum (ash­speed­way­mu­seum.com.au),

and ex­pe­ri­ence the Old Vale cir­cuit — the orig­i­nal mo­tor­cy­cle track dat­ing back to the early 1900s. HIS­TORIC VIL­LAGES Ex­pe­ri­ence the his­toric charm of the early gold rush towns of Hill End, So­fala, Wat­tle Flat and Trunkey Creek and the pic­turesque com­mu­ni­ties of Rock­ley, O’con­nell and Tarana — all have a tale to tell and a pub in which to tell it.

WHERE TO EAT

COBBLESTONE LANE RESTAU­RANT A so­phis­ti­cated es­tab­lish­ment serv­ing stylish con­tem­po­rary cui­sine in the el­e­gant set­ting of a fa­mous old de­part­ment store dat­ing back to the 1860s. 173 Ge­orge Street. (02) 6331 2202; cob­ble­stonelane.com.au THE HUB ESPRESSO BAR AND EATERY Head­quar­ters of Bathurst’s café so­ci­ety, crack­ling with en­ergy and per­son­al­ity. There’s an in­no­va­tive menu, ca­sual am­bi­ence and at­trac­tive court­yard. 52 Kep­pel Street. (02) 6332 1565. CHURCH BAR An his­toric church school build­ing with loads of charm and char­ac­ter. Now an ex­cel­lent wine bar, cock­tail bar and eatery with a pizza menu and live mu­sic. 7 Rib­bon Gang Lane. (02) 6334 2300; church­bar.com.au

MAALOUF’S RESTAU­RANT A Bathurst culi­nary in­sti­tu­tion for its con­sis­tently good tra­di­tional Le­banese fare and leg­endary Mid­dle Eastern hospi­tal­ity. 52 Ge­orge Street. (02) 6331 1477. WEBB AND CO This his­toric hang­out houses a mod­ern-as-to­mor­row cock­tail, craft beer and wine bar with sleek tapas se­lec­tion. So­phis­ti­cated, ca­sual vibe is global rather than re­gional. 175 Ge­orge Street.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Un­der the vines at the Hub Espresso Bar and Eatery; a healthy break­fast at the Hub; the menu at Webb and Co fea­tures lo­cal pro­duce; the Bathurst Court­house on Rus­sell Street is re­garded by the Na­tional Trust as one of the...

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