Bathurst, New South Wales

Being Australia’s first inland settlement, Bathurst is rich with historical and natural delights just waiting to be explored.

The most famous attraction in town is the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit. Even if you’re not in town for the big race which happens every October, Mount Panorama is a public road, allowing all people access to drive a lap or two – just don’t go too fast!

On your journey around Mount Panorama, enjoy the scenic lookouts and visit the many attractions located on this famous circuit including the National Motor Racing Museum, Mount Panorama Winery and the Bathurst Goldfields.

Bathurst is a heritage town – and there are many chances to explore its fascinating history. Miss Traill’s House, owned and managed by the National Trust offers guided tours through the elegant house museum containing Ida Traill’s significant collection of artefacts including tasteful furniture, intriguing horseracing memorabilia, paintings and ceramics. Ida herself shared in the love for the family’s racehorses and a running equestrian theme can be spotted throughout the property and its collection. The artwork, in particular, reflects a spectrum of equestrian and racing memories.

There’s no shortage of dining options in this university town and whether you’re after a gourmet meal or some basic pub grub, there’s something for everyone. The Ox is Bathurst’s most popular pub, judging from the university students there pretty much every night of the week. And the food’s not half-bad either!

Fine dining in Bathurst can be found at the award-winning Cobblestone Lane restaurant where the celebs hang while they’re in town – Aussie heartthrob Eric Bana has been spotted here a few times. An extensive menu boasts modern Australian cuisine matched with impressive local, national and imported wines. If you’re ready to splurge, make a booking early as tables are booked out weeks in advance.

Set in a heritage building that dates back to 1877, the quaint fireplaces and high ceilings of Restaurant 9inety 2wo create an elegant yet homely atmosphere. Though the building was originally the temperance hall of Bathurst, times have changed – having a glass of wine with your meal won’t be a problem these days. Head chef Brett Melhuish uses a fine selection of ingredients in a mod-Oz menu that boasts dishes like poached chicken sausage with confit quail and crisp emu pancetta with quail jus.