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Explore Bathurst: A Gem in Australia

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website to make more moolah for my trips.
Published December 23rd 2014
Located about 120 miles to the west of Sydney, Bathurst is an Australian city with a rich history and beautiful picturesque views. Since this city is well known for its Bathurst 1000 car race, I didn't know much about anything else that this city has offer before visiting it. The first time I experienced Bathurst and its many great views was during last summer's vacation.

After spending a night in Sydney, I took a chartered flight to the much smaller city of Bathurst, like my last trip, this flight was organised for free with my friends at Adagold. While the distance between Sydney and Bathurst isn't very far, the short flight removed much of stress that many people experience during travel. After a simple 50 minute flight and a short trip to my hotel, I began to tour the city and the surrounding country. After just a few moments of driving around the city, I was amazed by what Bathurst had to offer. Architecture of various time periods could be found across the city. Buildings from the Colonial, Victorian, and Federation periods make up some of the city's key attractions. The Holy Trinity Church, St. Stanislaus College, and Bathurst Court House are among the many structures in the city that seemingly take you into another age in history. Along with this architecture, a rich historical atmosphere fills the city; history buffs will surely enjoy everything that Bathurst has to offer.

The Big Cathedral
The Big Cathedral

Surrounding the city is beautiful scenery that can be considered a sight for sore eyes. With rolling hills, mountains, streams, and rivers, the region surrounding Bathurst has many stunning views that are sought after by sightseers and photographers alike. Outdoor sports enthusiast will enjoy the many opportunities available in the regions waterways and national parks. Hiking, backpacking, and camping while admiring the natural surroundings are excellent ways to spend a day or two in Bathurst's neighboring countryside. During my time in the area, I used one of my days to hike several trails in the nearby Wollemi National Park. This park is absolutely packed with incredible scenery in the form of rocky passages and moss-covered natural structures. After enjoying these peaceful moments, I decided that it was time to head back to the city to experience some of Bathurst's other destinations.

Having already admired some of Bathurst's history, I decided to tour a couple of the city's most popular destinations for history buffs. My first stop was the Abercrombie House, a huge mansion that was owned by the affluent Stewart family in the 19th century. At the Abercrombie House, I toured the interior of the mansion and gazed over the impressive gardens for a while. The whole place maintains its old style and simply being near it seems to take you back in time. While I visited to admire the Abercrombie House and its appearance, the popular mansion also offers guided tours, plays, and high tea. This is a must-visit location for any travelers that pass through Bathurst. After my time at the Abercrombie house, I visited the National Motor Racing Museum to appreciate some more recent sports history. This museum showed off the popular Bathurst 1000 racing event along with the history of racing and various sports cars and racers. The guided tour is entertaining and informational, so any fans of Australian racing will enjoy the National Motor Racing Museum as much as I did.

Bathurst is a pleasant destination for those travellers that are looking for a new and satisfying place to visit in Australia. This quiet city is highlighted by interesting historical locations and incredible picturesque views. Bathurst is definitely a gem among cities in Australia that I will surely visit again.
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