Everywhere in Bathurst is seven minutes away

Australia’s oldest inland city, Bathurst is a diversified regional centre that offers the traveller a vast array of activities. It is Australia’s motor car racing mecca, with Mount Panorama looming over the city. But it is also a city rich in Australian history. From its settlement in 1815, to the gold rush of the 1850s, followed by bushrangers and our own Prime Minister Ben Chifley. Bathurst can be explored from many aspects and the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn is the perfect base.

Race Enthusiast

  • 4 km from the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn sits Mount Panorama
  • 90% of the year it is a public road [60km/h]
  • circuit is 6.2km and a regular walking track for locals
  • Elevation of 174m

History Buff

  • Bathurst declared a township by Governor Macquarie on May 7 1815
  • Bathurst is named after Lord Bathurst, the secretary for the Colonies
  • Foundation Cairn is on Macquarie River walking trail, about 2km from Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn
  • Nearby is Old Government Cottage [approx. 1817]

Gold Digger

  • 1851 gold discovered near Bathurst
  • 1862 Cobb & Coaches set up business at Bathurst to transport the gold
  • Check out an original Cobb & Coach at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre [free of charge] 2 km from the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn
  • Gold rush towns such as Sofala [45km] and Hill End [87km] are worth a visit

Bushranger Trail

  • Just three blocks from the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn walk is Ribbon Gang Lane [just off WilliamStreet] – the site of the first and largest hanging of bushrangers at Bathurst in 1830
  • Bushrangers were termed Ribbon Gang due to the ribbons that appeared to hang from their hats

Architectural Admirer

  • Bathurst Court House opened in 1880 and defines the town’s square
  • Still operating today, call in on each Monday to see Court sitting
  • King’s Parade features Boer War monument and Carillon [WWI]
  • All within three blocks stroll of the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn

Prime Minister Ben Chifley

  • Australia’s 16th Prime Minister was a local and governed Australia 1945-1949
  • Located 4km from the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn is Chifley Cottage – a time capsule of the era

Artist Retreat

  • 1947 saw Donald Friend and Russell Dysdale escape to Hill End [87km]. And artist colony still exists there today
  • Brett Whitely was secondary schooled at The Scots School
  • Tim Storrier painted his wining Archibald portrait whilst a resident of Bathurst
  • Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn has four original paintings by renowned local artist Reg Campbell

Kids Korner

  • Newly constructed Adventure Playground is two blocks from the Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn. Recently updated in November 2014
  • CityFit, the block behind the motel, houses a 25m indoor pool and a full gym.
  • Metro 5, located 1km from the motel, features five cinemas playing the latest film releases
  • Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, three blocks from the motel, houses the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex in Australia, plus displays of rare fossils and minerals from around the world
  • National Motor Museum is located at the foot of Mount Panorama – a definite for race enthusiast of all ages
  • Bathurst Aquatic Centre has a number of pools from outdoor 50m to indoor, plus splash zones, spa and sauna. Located just behind McDonalds