Our Delegate’s Guide to Artstate Bathurst

24 Oct 2018 /

Artstate Bathurst is nearly here! We’ve got all your last minute questions sorted, including what to wear, where to eat, and museums to visit! Have a read below, and if you have a question that isn’t answered below find us at the registration desk at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC).

Image: Machattie Park. Photo courtesy of the Bathurst Visitors Information Centre.

Where do I register?

Register and collect your Artstate lanyard and delegate’s bag in the BMEC foyer, 105 William St. Our registration desk is open 9:00am – 5:00pm on Thursday and 8:00am – 9:00am on Friday and Saturday.

What should I wear?

Bring comfortable walking shoes! Bathurst weather across the event is shaping up to be maximums of 25°C and minimums of 11°C, with a possible morning shower on Saturday, so pack accordingly!

What do I need to bring with me?

A mind open to new ideas and conversations! If you’d like to take notes, we recommend bringing a notebook and pen, although all morning keynote and plenary sessions are recorded and unedited transcripts will be uploaded after the event. Your delegate’s bag will include a drink bottle, the Speakers Program and Arts Program, a precinct map in your delegate’s lanyard and more.

Where can I eat?

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are all catered for as part of your conference registration, but for all other meals we recommend taking a look at the recommended restaurants and bars list in your delegate’s bag. We also recommend having a look at the Destination NSW restaurant listings, or of course, trusty old TripAdvisor. For those seeking a caffeine fix, a coffee van will be stationed outside of BMEC!

Do I need a car?

We’ve made sure all official Artstate events sit within our walk-able Artstate precinct (there will be fold-out map in your delegate’s lanyard). If you’re wanting to travel further afield however, or make a roadtrip of your time in Bathurst, we recommend checking out our Artstate Regional Program for community-run events across the Arts OutWest footprint.

Image: The Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum.

What else can I see or do?

There’s so much to do! Have a look at our Arts Program, as well as our community submitted Fringe and Regional programs. We also have some great tips on museums and attractions across the region. Arriving a little early? Don’t forget that we have some associated events occurring before and during Artstate.

Can I come to the Artstate Dinner?

The Artstate Dinner is an additional cost of $125 to cover your meals and drinks. Dinner purchases can be made through Eventbrite during the registration process, or if you have already registered, at the registration desk at BMEC. Dinner tickets close at 5pm on Thursday 1 November at the registration desk and will not be available at the door.

Where can I find accessibility information?

General venue access information is available here, and we list all access specifications on our venues page here. Artstate Fringe and Artstate Regional associated events are also listed with their accessibility. If you have specific requirements send us an email here or find us at the BMEC registration desk.

Will events continue in wet weather?

Yes! Artstate is an all-weather event.

Got an unanswered question?

Send us an email at or call (02) 9270 2500 before Wednesday 31 October, or find us in Bathurst at the BMEC registration desk. Wanting to purchase a ticket to the Climbing Tree? Visit the event listing here or call BMEC (02) 6333 6161.

Image: The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.