An attractive town west of the Blue Mountains, Bathurst is known throughout Australia as the home of the Mount Panorama racetrack and the annual Bathurst 1000 motor race. When the race isn’t being run, the six-kilometre track up Mount Panorama is a public road and virtually everyone with a car who visits Bathurst does a lap of the famous circuit – but it isn’t quite the same when you stick to the 60km/h speed limit.
Other attractions in Bathurst are the National Motor Racing Museum and the Sir Joseph Banks Nature Park.
28 William Street, Bathurst
Tel (02) 6332 1444
Open 9am-5pm daily
Most people visit Bathurst en route to someplace else, although you may want to make the trip out from Sydney for the big race. Bathurst is at the end of the CityRail network and is also served by CountryLink trains with regular services from Sydney. Buses stop at the train station.
Bathurst has a local bus service comprised of seven routes; all run along Wilson Street and terminate at the Howick Street terminus. Routes 526 and 527 are useful for getting to the National Motor Museum.
This small museum features exhibits on regional history. It is housed in the old courthouse, which is the most impressive of Bathurst’s architectural gems.
Russell Street, Bathurst
Bus 520, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527
Tel (02) 6332 4755
Open Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
This is worth seeing if you’re a motor racing fan and interested in learning more about the sport from an Australian perspective.
Murrays Corner, Mount Panorama
Bus 526, 527
Tel (02) 6332 1872
Open 9am-4.30pm daily