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...