Not many people know that Bathurst has a Town Square.
It's not a new thing; it's been around since 1832. We
pick you up from your accommodation and start in the
historic Machattie Park, where we take a quiet walk.
We think you'll love it.
is Australia's oldest inland European settlement. It
was a proud achievement for Governor Macqurie and his
team who, in May 1815 proclaimed a new settlement on
the banks of Wambool (the Aboriginal name for the river
now known as the Macquarie River) to be Bathurst.
But by 1821,
Bathurst only had around 117 residents. This was deemed
unsatisfactory by the government. Governor Darling,
Macquarie's replacement set out to change that and had
a preliminary town plan drawn up. It was not until 1832
that the bold new town plan was finalised. Perfectly
square blocks was the main feature with each block representing
10 acres of land. Wide streets allowing bullock teams
turning room was a feature and the beautiful town square
was set proudly on the ridgeline.
At the centre
of this beautiful town square, land was allocated for
a church. The Bathurst Public School (1876) was just
down the street and the beautiful Courthouse (1882),
one of the state's finest rural buildings was set on
the edge of the square. This magnificent building with
its north facing entrance was a landmark of Bathurst
when first built and remains so today.
walking tour, we explore the many facets of the beautiful
Machattie Park, looking into it's notable contributors,
the layout and plantings, some of which are now 127
years old. We learn about it's history before it was
a park and how today the Bathrust Regional Council takes
great pride in maintaining this park to the highest
standard for visitors to enjoy.
hidden lanes, an old warehouse and (subject to availability)
we look into hidden side of Bathurst's first department
store dating back to the 1860's.
over old churches, see the actual site where the discovery
of gold was first announced and look at a shop streetscape
largely unchanged since the 1860's. We take a walk down
Ribbon Gang Lane and look over the Bathurst Public School
building (1876) now home of the Australian Fossil and
To conclude this walking tour, we stop in for a coffee
or icecream at Annie's Icecream Parlour (a Bathurst
Icon) and this treat is on us.
a great introduction tour of Bathurst. If you're short
on time or want to fill in a couple of hours, this is
a great way to do it.
historical buildings and laneways
Gang Lane (1830's)
oldest inland church (1835)
- And so
Single service icecream or coffee at Annie's Icecream
does the tour start? We meet at the Bathurst
Memorial Entertainment Centre (105 William St Bathurst)
for a prompt 8:30am departure.
long is the tour? 8:30am – 10:30am (Pleae
be prompt and ready for an 8:30am departure)
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
a Question? Contact