Tourism - Bathurst motor racing is just the beginning

Events, museums, galleries, heritage, natural wonders, charming villages and so much more.

With national scale events, world class museums and galleries, fascinating heritage, spectacular natural wonders, and charming rural villages, it is no wonder tourism in the Bathurst Region has doubled over the past 5 years.

In 2019 (latest non-COVID impacted figures), the Bathurst Region attracted more than 1 million visitors who stayed a total of 1.3 million nights and spent $245 million in the local economy. The industry directly employs over 640 persons, with a further 200 jobs created indirectly.

Bathurst is home to the iconic Wahluu or Mount Panorama. The Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit hosts the Bathurst 1000, the largest event on the Australian Motorsports calendar. The event attracts crowds of over 200,000. A range of other motor racing events are held on the Mount each year, including Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst 6 Hour, Bathurst International and Challenge Bathurst.

Mount Panorama is only one of many attractions increasing visitation to Bathurst. Others include -

Major events – Aside from motor sport, the Bathurst Region has an extensive events calendar. The largest of these include Winter Festival in July (60,000 visitors), NRL Penrith match (10,000 visitors), Bathurst Cycling Classic in March (2,200 visitors) and the Heritage Trades Trail in April/May (nearly 2,200 visitors). The success of Bathurst’s events has allowed the region to attract high profile one-off events such as the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in April 2020 (20,000 visitors).

Museums and galleries – Bathurst Region’s museums attract a significant crowd every year, including a mix of Bathurst residents and tourists. Council run museums include Bathurst Rail Museum, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, National Motor Racing Museum and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. The Bathurst Region is also home to a wide range of private owned or community run museums and attractions. For the full list visit the Bathurst Tourism website.

Heritage offer – Bathurst is situated in Wiradjuri country and is Australia’s oldest inland European settlement having been established in 1815. Heritage is proudly preserved through the region. Many visitors venture to the Bathurst Region to explore the heritage buildings and landscapes scattered across Bathurst and throughout our villages, including the famed Sofala and Hill End.

Elite sporting facilities - A wide range of elite sporting facilities are provided throughout the Bathurst Region attracting a significant number of national, state and local sporting events. These sporting events results in consistent visitation to the Bathurst Region throughout the year, with competitors typically coming for multiple days.

Arts and culture – The Bathurst Region is a thriving hub for art, music and performances. The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) performances, Hill End Artists in Residence Program and Inland Sea of Sound music festival just some of the programs and events run throughout the year. For more information on the arts and cultural events held throughout the Bathurst Region, visit the Bathurst Tourism website.

Natural wonders – The Bathurst Region has a wide range of natural wonders such as hiking, swimming, cave exploring, canoeing, fishing, bird watching and so much more. For more information on enjoying the outdoors in the Bathurst Region, visit the Bathurst Tourism website.

Unique villages – A range of unique villages are located throughout the Bathurst Region. Many of these villages are of historical significance and offer a glance into life in the late nineteenth century. To find out more about living in one of our villages go here. For more information on visiting our villages, visit the Bathurst Tourism website.

For more information on visiting the Bathurst Region, visit the Bathurst Tourism website.

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