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Family fun in Bathurst 

Bathurst Winter FestivalCREDIT: David Roma

The historic city of Bathurst lights up for the annual Bathurst Winter Festival.

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Family fun in
Bathurst 

Bathurst Winter Festival CREDIT: David Roma

The historic city of Bathurst lights up for the annual Bathurst Winter Festival.

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A three-hour road trip west from Sydney leads you to the historic inland city of Bathurst, a thriving regional centre and the heart of the gold-rush era. Its rich colonial history, fascinating museums and natural beauty make this an exciting destination for the whole family. 

Go for gold 

There are plenty of ways to put kids directly in touch with the region’s gold-rush history. Bathurst Goldfields is an educational place to start. This reconstructed gold-mining village is designed to teach visitors everything about the history of gold in New South Wales. Original documents from the era are on display, along with mining tools and minerals. There’s also a miner’s hut, operating steam engines and a working stamper battery that crushes ore. 

Around an hour northwest of Bathurst you’ll find two gold-rush towns worth a visit. Head to Sofala, Australia’s oldest surviving gold-mining town, to explore the History Hill Museum & Underground Mine — it’s home to 10,000 artefacts and historic photos from the goldfields of the 1800s.  

A little further on, Hill End is where the largest single piece of reef gold in the world — the Beyers and Holtermann Nugget — was discovered in 1872. The whole family will enjoy exploring this heritage town, where you can wander around the old Victorian buildings and see the relics of old mines. 

Book in for a tour of Bald Hill Tourist Mine, where you’ll have the chance to walk down original mine shafts and see demonstrations of the old hammer-and-tap mining techniques. Visitors also have the option of climbing the 30m ladder to exit the mine via the ventilation shaft.  v

History Hill Museum & Underground Mine, Sofala CREDIT: Ribbon Gang Media Agency

The History Hill Museum in the gold-rush town of Sofala, near Bathurst.

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History Hill Museum & Underground Mine, Sofala CREDIT: Ribbon Gang Media Agency

The History Hill Museum in the gold-rush town of Sofala, near Bathurst.

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Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst CREDIT: Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum

Dinosaur display at the Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst.

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Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst CREDIT: Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum

Dinosaur display at the Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst.

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Museum magic 

One of the key attractions at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is a real Tyrannosaurus rex specimen — the ferocious predator that has long fascinated kids of all ages. This is also the home of the Somerville Collection, which celebrates local university professor Warren Somerville by exhibiting the vast number of fine and rare minerals and fossils he gathered during his lifetime. There are over 5,000 objects on display, and young visitors are guaranteed to come away with a stronger understanding of early life on Earth.  

Race-car enthusiasts will learn about the rich history of Australian motor sport at the National Motor Racing Museum. Located on the famed Mount Panorama, home of the annual Bathurst 1000 touring car race, this is where you can see a constantly changing line-up of over 100 racing cars and motor bikes that have left their mark on the sport across the country. Get the family totally revved up in the Immersive Room, where historic footage brings the excitement of motor racing to life. 

Make some furry friends 

At Amaroo Cottage Farmstay, owners Angela and Howard Sinclair invite guests of all ages to help with daily chores on their 760-hectare property. Located 25 minutes south of Bathurst, the cottage is self-contained and there is an abundance of furry and feathered critters — it’s a fantastic opportunity for family members of all ages to see farm animals, wildlife and multiple bird species up close. The night skies sparkle with stars and the extensive district views encourage you to relax into rural life. 

Another way to see the beautiful countryside is on horseback at Yarrabin, in the O’Connell Valley. Guided tours take you through this spectacular horse, sheep and cattle property, which features established riding trails and well-natured horses suited to all ages and abilities. It’s a wonderful way for young family members to see the countryside and appreciate the beauty and intelligence of horses. 

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