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Things to Do

Being the thriving city that it is, there are a lot of things to do in Bathurst during your stay.

Bathurst is a vibrant regional city less than three hours from Sydney.  With country pace there's lots of things to do in Bathurst, like explore a rich history and culture, impressive architecture and great restaurants and wineries.

Of course, famous Mount Panorama Circuit is located just outside our doorstep, and if you’re not into car racing, we highly recommend you stay away during the second Sunday of October. Outside race times, Rydges Bathurst is simply a lovely rural setting with sweeping views, located only a couple km from the centre of Bathurst.

Check out the full Bathurst Guide here!

National Motor Racing Museum

Located just 300 metres from the hotel, the National Motor Racing Museum is a must see for anyone visiting Bathurst. Take the time to learn about the history of motor racing for Australia, as well as Bathurst.

Doors open from 9am every day (except christmas day and selected public holidays) and closes at 4:30pm. 

Admission Prices:

  • Adults $11.50
  • Concession $8.00
  • Child $5.00 

Family passes and group rates available

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

Located in the centre of Bathurst, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is most reknowned for the Sommerville collection which showcases some of the rarest examples of minerals and fossils in the world. One of the key features to the fossil collection is the T Rex Skeleton on display all year round.

Located at 224 Howick Street, next to the Post Office, opens from 10am-4pm Monday- Saturday, 10am to 2pm Sunday. Closted Christmas Day, Boxing day & New Years Day

Admission Prices:

  • $14.00 Adult
  • $10.00 Concession
  • $8.00 Chid 
  • $30.00 Family (2 Adults, 3 Children)

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW. It is a well equipped and home to one of the finest collection of Lloyd Rees artworks in regional NSW.

The BRAG's program features a huge range of touring exhibitions, local artist projects, and a permanent collection featuring the work of Hill End artists. 

Exhibitions change over every 6 weeks, so best to check the website for current display details

Admission: Free entry

Farmer’s Markets

The markets are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from January to November and on the third Saturday of December.

Gates are open to the public from 8 am to 12 noon. The markets are situated at the historic Bathurst Showground and surrounds

Wander through the pavilions and sample or buy fresh regional produce. The market's aim is to encourage stalls with goods that are grown and / or produced within the Bathurst and Central West Regions.  "Locally grown" Community Groups are often on hand with information, entertainment and much,  much more!

Entry to the market is by gold coin donation and all proceeds from the markets go towards local projects sponsored by Lions Club of Bathurst Inc.

Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst is a progressive City and together with the region enjoys a sustained period of economic and population growth. The City remains one of the fastest growing inland centres in NSW. Bathurst is also the oldest inland settlement in NSW and together with the surrounding villages is home to some of the finest buildings to be found anywhere in Australia.

Planning for future development means Council has to be proactive in ensuring that the infrastructure necessary to accommodate development is provided whilst at the same time implementing appropriate heritage management strategies to maintain it's heritage.


The Bathurst Regional Council website includes many resources such as 'Need to Know'. This will give you a range of information from maps of Bathurst and surrounding villages to emergency numbers to assist you with your visit to Bathurst.


You can even check out the weather forcast so you can pack just right!


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