On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, in Wiradjuri country, 209 kilometres west of Sydney is the elegant city of Bathurst, population 26 050. Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia, well known for its gold discoveries.
Proclaimed as a city in 1815, Bathurst developed slowly as a main supply centre for the surrounding agricultural region but flourished in the 1850s and 1860s after gold was discovered at Ophir and the Turon River.
Nineteenth century architecture is beautifully preserved so it is a delight to wander the streets, explore the antique shops and relax at a cafe.
The most well-known feature of Bathurst is the race it hosts every October, the Bathurst 1000, an endurance race and motor-racing meeting at the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit.
Bathurst acts as centre for the surrounding fruit and grain growers and also has a university campus.