Bathurst is a vibrant country city with a rich cultural heritage and is recognised as a centre of learning.
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central tablelands and is the oldest inland settlement in Australia. Bathurst is located on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range in the Macquarie River plain; also known as the Bathurst plains. The city is located adjacent to the Macquarie River which is part of the Murray-Darling basin, the largest river system in Australia. It is about 159km from NSW’s capital city of Sydney.
Bathurst is often referred to as the Gold Country as it was the site of the first gold discovery and where the first gold rush occurred in Australia.
Regional Express Airlines is the only airline providing passenger services at Bathurst Airport; it services the route with three daily return flights to Sydney.
Bathurst Railway Station is serviced by daily NSW TrainLink trains and buses to Lithgow with links to Sydney, Dubbo, Parkes and Cootamundra.
Local bus services provided by Bathurst Buslines operate in the surrounding suburbs of Bathurst with a bus interchange in Howick Street, opposite Stockland Bathurst. Interurban bus services are provided between Bathurst and Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange, Bathurst and Oberon and Bathurst to Sydney, these services depart from the Howick Street bus interchange.
The main industries people from Bathurst work in are:
- Education and training
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Accommodation and food services
- Public administration and safety
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/CAPAC, pathology, radiology, and community health services.
Bathurst Private Hospital has two fully equipped operating theatres to accommodate procedures in the areas of general surgery, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, gynaecology, dental, pain management, and cosmetic surgery. It offers up to 12 overnight beds for surgical and medical admissions as well as a day surgery.
Bathurst is supported by an ambulance service.
Busby Medical Practice
George Street Medical Practice
Kelso Medical Practice
Loxley House Family Practice
Ochre Health Medical Centre Bathurst
Russell Street Medical Centre
Westpoint Medical Practice
Bathurst provides all levels of education including university, TAFE, secondary and primary (both public and private).
Bathurst is the headquarters for Charles Sturt University which has a major campus in Bathurst and The University of Western Sydney has a clinical education facility, housed within Bathurst Hospital, open since June 2010 for its fourth year medical students.
The Western Institute of TAFE has two campuses in Bathurst.
Bathurst has numerous primary schools and high schools, both public and private. These include the All Saints College, Denison College, MacKillop College, St. Stanislaus College, The Scots School.
Bathurst has retained a mix of main street shopping along with enclosed shopping centres within the CBD. Bathurst has Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, IGA, Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and many other major retailers. Bathurst also has some unique stores such as Country Fruit (selling quality regional produce, gourmet groceries, seafood sourced daily from the Sydney Fish Markets, a deli and charcuterie) and Gorgeousness Home (offering beautiful homewares, clothing and footwear).
In Bathurst there are places of worship for Presbyterian, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Islamic, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Evangelical, Uniting and others. Find out more.
Things to do in the Bathurst area include seeing the amazing skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and viewing the extensive collection at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. And, of course, motorsport fans should not miss the National Motor Racing Museum.
If you have a keen interest in the past, Bathurst offers plenty of historical attractions, including Abercrombie House, Chifley Home and Education Centre, Bathurst Court House, Bathurst District Historical Museum, Denison Bridge and Crago Mill Emporium and Heritage Centre.
Bathurst Metro is a five theatre cinema showing the latest release movies.
You are sure to have many great dining experiences in Bathurst. Check out the newly opened stylish George Hotel or the Church Bar, a wood fired pizza restaurant housed in the old Anglican Church School House. The rich history of the building is felt through the ornate ceilings, original structure and old time charm illuminated by candle light. All cuisines and tastes are catered for in Bathurst.
The internationally known racetrack Mount Panorama is a landmark of the city, where two major endurance feats take place each year.