Bathurst has quite a tale to tell – it’s got history, great food and wine, outdoor adventures and pretty scenery.
It’s just one of the towns in the Central West region of New South Wales along with Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
Stride out around Bathurst to discover its past which features beautiful buildings showcasing Victorian architecture.
Go on a museum hop- visit the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst Rail Museum, the National Motor Racing Museum, History Hill Museum and Rockley Mill & Stables Museum.
Orange, the birthplace of Banjo Paterson, also has a rich heritage – follow the Orange Heritage Trail discovering the architectural beauty of the city. Head to Mount Canobolas for bushwalking and camping.
For a nostalgic fix stay at The Victoria Bathurst, which was established in 1876.
For a rural fix stay at the Cadogan Country House, a working wagyu beef property and Barcoos Farmstays cater for families.
The Dairy is a self-contained cottage that was the former main milkhouse for Bathurst.
In Orange try the de Russie Boutique Hotel or the Oriana Hotel which has been renovated.
The Mercure Orange is located in the CBD and there’s glamping at Nash Dale Lane Wines.
Love Italian? Try Vine & Tap in Bathurst and 9inety2wo (correct) that is housed in an 1877 heritage building that in another life was the former Temperance Hall of Bathurst.
For a good steak take a seat at B Town BBQ at the Oxford Hotel and the Victoria Bathurst has a good menu.
Pick up goodies at the Bathurst Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of the month.
Orange is home to more than 80 vineyards including Philip Shaw Wines and Swinging Bridge. Suggested restaurants include Racine Restaurant, Lolli Redini and Charred Kitchen & Bar.