Unquenchable Bathurst

Whether you're in Bathurst for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars event, or you've always wanted to discover the Central West, there's plenty to explore in this bustling Evocity.

During the V8 motor racing the National Motor Racing Museum is usually open all weekend with extended hours. The Motor Racing Museum is located in the heart of Mount Panorama and gives car enthusiasts and spectators alike the chance to look at the history of the V8 Supercars and Australian motor racing.

For those people who may be revved out by the four wheels marathon there’s the opportunity to visit the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum. This museum is a chance to marvel in another one of the central west’s greatest attractions with impressive crystals from over 100 Australian mine sites and 2000 million year-old garnets. For those families with young kids there’s also the chance to see up close and personal a fully formed T-Rex skeleton and other dinosaur fossils.

Nearby is the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum and Archives located in a wing of the heritage classified courthouse, designed by Colonial Government Architect James Barnett in 1880. This colonial building is home to the Penzig Collection and comprises paintings, pictures, drawings, objects and costumes amassed by renowned bushranger enthusiast Edgar Penzig and his wife over a lifetime of collecting.

Highlights of the collection include a selection of Chifley memorabilia acquired from long term resident of Bathurst, Joseph Benedict Chifley (1885-1951), Australia’s 16th Prime Minister.

If you want to delve deeper into this important political figure you can't do much better than Chifley Home. This was the only residence of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth.  Today, this modest semi-detached terrace still contains its original collection of household furnishings and personal effects dating back to when the Chifleys first occupied the house in 1914. Ben and Elizabeth’s home is a testament to the frugalness of the times when the hardships of the Great Depression, wartime rationing and austerity measures, dictated how people led their ordinary lives.

If you're inclined towards more luxurious surrounds, Miss Traill’s House and Garden is the place for you. Named after Ida Traill, a socially prominent, independently wealthy resident, who lived in this pretty Colonial Georgian bungalow from 1931 until her death at 87 in 1976. This heritage home is  tasteful furniture, intriguing horseracing memorabilia, paintings and ceramics, they are linked to the house and the early history of Bathurst.

Finish your tour Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW. This gorgeous series of spaces features a diverse range of touring exhibitions, Local Artist Project Shows, exhibitions created from the permanent collection and the work of Hill End Artists. With an average of 25 exhibitions per year, there is always plenty of new material for our visitors.

For accommodation and culinary recommendations you're spoilt for choice. Visit Bathurst has plenty of suggestions, as does Visit NSW.

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