Nestled on the picturesque banks of the Macquarie River, Bathurst stands as a regional gateway, beckoning travelers on a captivating journey just a 3-hour drive from Sydney or 3.5 hours from Canberra. Renowned as Australia’s oldest inland colonial settlement, Bathurst unfolds its historical tapestry, harking back to the gold rush era that first drew crowds to its flourishing streets.

The historical legacy of Bathurst is palpable as you stroll through its streets adorned with heritage-listed buildings, where the echoes of the past resonate with every step. Notable landmarks, such as the Bathurst Court House and the grand Abercrombie House, stand as living testaments to the town’s colonial heritage, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a bygone era.

Bathurst 1000:

One of Bathurst’s claims to fame is its role as the host of the famous Bathurst 1000, an iconic motor racing event that graces the Mount Panorama circuit each October. Drawing motorsport enthusiasts from across the globe, the Bathurst 1000 transforms the town into a hub of excitement, with 200,000 spectators witnessing the thrill of high-speed racing. Car aficionados can extend their fascination at the National Motor Racing Museum, where the rich history of motorsport comes to life through exhibits and displays.

Where to eat:

While exploring Bathurst’s rich history and dynamic events, one cannot overlook the culinary delights that grace the town. Bathurst boasts an array of eateries, cafes, and restaurants, each offering a distinct flavour of the region. From charming local bistros serving up hearty country fare to trendy cafes brewing artisanal coffee, Bathurst caters to diverse palates.

For a taste of local flavours, visit The Hub on Keppel Street, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse menu featuring fresh, regional produce. Alternatively, indulge in a fine dining experience at the Church Bar & Woodfired Pizza, housed in a historic church building and offering a menu that showcases the best of local ingredients.

Whether you’re drawn to the roar of racing engines, the melodies of a music festival, or the flavours of regional cuisine, Bathurst invites you to partake in an immersive experience where history, motorsport, and cultural marvels converge along the scenic banks of the Macquarie River. Browse Choice Hotels’ Bathurst accommodation and start your next adventure today!

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