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Bathurst is a vibrant country city with a rich cultural heritage and is recognised as a centre of learning.

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Location

Located in the Central Tablelands, Bathurst is about 160 km from Sydney. It is located on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range adjacent to the Macquarie River.

Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and is well known for being the site of the first gold discovery and gold rush in Australia.

How to get there

Regional Express (REX) provides daily return flights to Sydney from Bathurst Airport.

NSW TrainLink trains and buses are available daily from Bathurst Railway Station to Lithgow, with links to Sydney, Dubbo, Parkes and Cootamundra.

Daily interurban bus services are available between Bathurst and Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange, Bathurst and Oberon and Bathurst to Sydney. Local bus services operate in Bathurst and surrounding suburbs.

 

Population

The population in central Bathurst is nearly 7000 people. The median age is 37 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the LGA population.

Bathurst is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Bathurst Base Hospital is a large regional hospital with 148 beds, a 10-bed mental health unit and an emergency department. Services provided include medical, surgical, midwifery, gynaecology, paediatrics, operating theatre, day surgery, rehabilitation, intensive care/coronary care, oncology, ambulatory care/community acute post-acute care, pathology, radiology, and community health services.

Bathurst Private Hospital has two fully equipped operating theatres and offers up to 12 overnight beds for surgical and medical admissions as well as a day surgery.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Bathurst.

Accredited GP practices

  • Busby Medical Practice
  • George Street Medical Practice
  • Kelso Medical Centre
  • Loxley House Family Practice
  • Ochre Health Medical Centre Bathurst
  • Russell Street Medical Centre
  • Westpoint Medical Practice

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of the Bathurst area are: higher education, hospitals, retail, primary education and state government administration.
  • Education

Bathurst provides all levels of education - tertiary, secondary and primary. There are numerous primary schools and high schools both public and private. There are also four boarding schools based in Bathurst. Bathurst is the base for Charles Sturt University. The University of Western Sydney has a clinical education facility, within Bathurst Hospital. TAFE Western has two campuses in Bathurst.
  • Childcare

Bathurst has more than 15 childcare facilities, caring for children during their early years, many offer early opening hours and flexible closing hours. After school and vacation care is also available.
  • Shopping

Bathurst has a mix of main street shopping and shopping centres. There is a good range of specialty stores and major retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Target, Big W and Harvey Norman.
  • Places of worship

In Bathurst there are more than 20 places of worship including Presbyterian, Anglican, Baptist and Catholic churches, an Islamic centre and mosque, and Baha'i assembly.
  • Points of interest

Bathurst offers museums, galleries and historical attractions including Bathurst Goldfields, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Regional Art Gallery and National Motor Racing Museum, Abercrombie House, and Bathurst District Historical Museum. There is a wide variety of restaurants, cinema and a full events calendar.
  • Sporting activities

Bathurst has a range of social and sporting clubs. Sporting facilities include the internationally renowned Mount Panorama racetrack, Bathurst Aquatic Centre and an 18-hole championship golf course. The Western Advocate Sport is dedicated to sports happening in the Bathurst region
  • Community groups and activities

There are a wide range of community groups in Bathurst, the Bathurst Region website lists many groups, as well as an extensive events calendar for festivals, markets, sporting activities and cultural events.
  • Social media groups

The Bathurst Regional Council Facebook page is a good starting point for Bathurst-based social media groups and pages. There is also the Facebook page Bathurst Young Professionals.