Our CommunityFrom gold rush and colonial history, farm stays and bushwalking, shopping and festivals, to the world-famous Mount Panorama, Bathurst offers attractions for visitors all year round. Warm summers are punctuated by clear, crisp winters with occasional snow, and stunning spring and autumn displays of colour. Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement and has retained superb examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture. The main streets are a mixture of old and new, highlighted by the charming cast-iron lamp posts adorning busy shopping centres.
Only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney, Bathurst is a centre of education, commerce, industry and farming. The Charles Sturt University is complemented by both private colleges and government schools. The busy retail and commercial business area services a city population of over 30,000 and a district of over 100,000 people. The arts are catered for by the Conservatorium of Music, Regional Art Gallery and Entertainment Centre. Historic landmarks include the War Memorial Carillon, the magnificent Court House, the home of former Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley, and Abercrombie House. Sports lovers are catered for by a magnificent 18 hole golf course, all weather tennis courts, international hockey fields and indoor basketball stadium.