Making a Trip of It | Bathurst Region Sights & Sounds

19 Oct 2018 /

Experience the sights and sounds of Bathurst, with the Artstate Speakers Program leaving plenty of time to explore the region before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday and following the Regional Youth Orchestra Finale Concert on Sunday. We’ve scoured the area for our favourite hotspots for you to try, so get off the beaten track and get ready to see the very best of the Bathurst region!

Image courtesy of Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.

Bathurst Museums and Galleries

Artstate Delegates get free entry into all Bathurst museums! Simply remember to show your delegate’s pass on entry.


Image: Machattie Park. Photo courtesy of Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.


  • Bald Hill Tourist Mine
    Experience the underground world of a goldminer at Bald Hill tourist mine. A short walk or drive from Hill End, this guided tour is ideal for families and school groups.

  • Abercrombie Caves
    The entrance to the Abercrombie Caves is through the majestic Archway. Solid masses of marble decorate the walls of the caves highlighted by the soft natural light entering from each end.

  • Hill End Historic Site
    Discover life during the gold rush at Hill End Historic Site. Explore heritage buildings and mine relics. You can camp out or stay in heritage accommodation.

  • Beaufoy Merlin Lookout
    Beaufoy Merlin lookout offers spectacular views and an excellent vantage point to see the true scale of former mining activities. It’s also great for photography.

  • Sofala
    On the banks of the gorgeous Turon River, Sofala is a delightful village in the beautiful Bathurst region with a rich and intriguing colonial goldmining heritage.

  • Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit
    In 1938 the Mount Panorama Scenic Drive was opened to the public and became the home of motor racing in Australia.

  • Abercrombie House
    Abercrombie House is a heritage treasure of the Bathurst Region. Built in the 1870s by Bathurst pioneers the Stewart family, today it is the home of the Morgan family who have spent many years restoring the magnificent house and its outbuildings and grounds. Abercrombie House is now open for self-guided tours Wednesday to Sunday.

  • The Big Gold Panner
    A fan of Australia’s Big Things? A certain Communications Manager at Artstate is. If you are too, you can see the Big Gold Panner in all its glory at 250 Sydney Rd, Kelso NSW 2795.

  • Machattie Park
    Machattie Park was formally opened in December 1890. The park is built on the site of the old Bathurst Gaol, which was demolished in 1888 to make way for the park. Machattie Park is an historically significant example of a late 19th century Victorian country town park.


Still stuck for ideas?

Go to, use the Destination NSW widget below, or contact the knowledgeable locals at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre on 1800 68 1000.