Bathurst is a little known treasure of a town in New South Wales and is a great place to get some peace and quiet and stay in a local bed and breakfast when you just want to get away.
One of the older country towns in Australia, part of its charm is the wide streets that once had a traffic of oxcarts moving up and down the street. Early British settlers brought influence with the trees and Victorian buildings. You might wonder how Bathurst got its name: it was named after a colonial secretary, Lord Bathurst in 1815. A governor by the name of Macquarie visited the area and at the time it was a settlement. So, he founded it and named it after Lord Bathurst.
If you are looking for a quaint out of the way place to stay in Bathurst you must try the Elizabeth Manor House. This is accommodation at its finest and you will find it warm and welcoming. You can find elegance here with your choice of a breakfast hamper or a country style breakfast cooked to order in the morning and a glass of port or sherry meets you in the library after a long day. This is a great Bathurst bed and breakfast to stay at and relax.
Bathurst Heights bed and breakfast is another great place to stay and it is very different from Elizabeth Manor House. Here you can look out your window for beautiful vistas and soak in the quiet or in the Spa that resides inside the Spa Suite. Get ready for a gourmet breakfast that is both filling and refreshing. An interesting note about this b&b in Bathurst is that it won the 2007 NSW Award for Excellence for Hosted Accommodation.
When you are looking for something to do on your stay there are many places to go within walking distance. The Bathurst Aquatic Centre is a great place to go for supervised swimming. You can bring the kids and try out all kinds of water activities. If you or the kids don’t know how to swim, you can take swimming lessons while you are there.
Bathurst is a great place to go no matter what the season. If you visit during September or October and you have kids who love horses, then you might consider staying at the Jackeroo Ranch Riding Camp.
If you’re in Bathurst, you must visit a museum or two. The Bathurst Goldfields Museum is an extremely interesting place to visit, as well as the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. The Bathurst Racing Museum is another exciting place to see.
For a very unique experience, you must attend a Concert in Jenolan Caves. Can you imagine being in an underground cave, that stays cool all the time, that also accommodates a stage where performers entertain people with their music. This can be had in this special location. Beyond concerts, you’ll find art activities and for the same price you can have an opportunity to meet with the artists or have dinner. You could spend the entire day in and around the caves.
If these activities seem a little tame, after you leave your bnb in Bathurst you might want to go for an evening at the raceway. Bathurst is famous for its harness racing and they usually race in the evening. Another fun place that you must see is the home of V8 Supercar racing – Mount Panorama.
If you’re interested in art, the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is a place not to miss. Afterwards you can relax at your bed and breakfast in Bathurst.