Bathurst History and Highlights
is Australia's oldest inland European settlement. Explorers
crossed the rugged Blue Mountains in 1813. The road
was surveyed and built in 1814/15 and Governor Macquarie
declared the new settlement on the side of the river
to be Bathurst in May 1815, naming it after Lord Bathurst.
rich and fascinating, yet sometimes tragic history,
you’ll learn about life for the early European
settlers and the traditional Wiradjuri owners.
an excellent mix of preserved Victorian and Federation
architecture to admire. You'll be intrigued with the
history; from workers cottages made from local bricks
dating back to the 1830’s to grand 3 story homes.
We even have Abercrombie House; a Scottish Baronial
our way through the streets and alleys of Bathurst seeing
things you would never find on your own. We'll look
at the beautiful Showgrounds with it's heritage listed
buildings. You will hear the amazing stories of the
buildings and how they came to be.
tour, we take a peek into the life of Ben Chifley, a
Bathurst boy born in 1885 . Ben joined the railway after
leaving school at 14 and went onto becoming the state's
youngest engine driver at age 26 and later rose to become
Australia's Prime Minister. On this tour, you'll see
Joseph Benedict Chifley's birth home, his home he lived
in for his entire life, the steam engine he drove while
working on the railway and we even visit his grave.
never been to Abercrombie House, you'll wonder why after
this tour. We takle a very private tour through is amazing
51 room mansion with it's 30 fire places. Your guide
will fill you full of insights into the wealth of the
Stewart family who built the mansion; how it became
an abandoned shell and later under the expert guidance
of the current owners, this mansion is holding it's
head up high again. On this tour, we explore inside
the mansion, some of the outbuildings and the grounds.
plenty of old towns with great history around inland
Australia but there is none older than Bathurst.
Learn about the past of this proud city but also look
into the future for one of Australia’s fastest
growing inland centres.
panorama racing circuit (1938)
oldest inland church (1835)
area, mills, police station and residences
Gang Lane (1830’s)
- And so
Lunch, entry to Abercrombie House ($15pp / $10pp concession)
does the tour start? We meet at the Bathurst
Visitors Information Centre or from your accommodation
by prior arrangement
long is the tour? 9am – 4pm
you a solo traveler? We don't like to see people
missing out on a tour so please get in touch and we'll
see how we can help. Often we can hook you up with another
group, or make special arrangements to ensure you don't
Where does the tour start?
We meet at the Bathurst Visitors Information Centre
or from your accommodation by prior arrangement
How long is the tour?
From 2 hours to a full day (9am – 4pm)
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