Bathurst Past & Present

If the words “Bathurst history” make you think of the gold rush and motor sports, it might be time to refresh your acquaintance with the story of this terrific town.

And there’s a great new place to do it – Tremain’s Mill on the south side of Bathurst CBD. Once an industrial wasteland, it’s now a hip and busy spot with a funky container café, pop up shops and plenty of room to relax in.

Owner Stephen Birrell has redeveloped the 1884 Victoria Stores building on-site to include a brace of stylish self-contained apartments for short term rental.

Next door is The Victoria, a pub that pops with personality and has a delicious menu to match. All the dishes have a story, from the prawn-laden steak take on surf and turf to the posh pav for desert.

Duck across the road to the Bathurst Rail Museum and find out why the history of the NSW Railways is so entwined with the town. The show stopper is the biggest miniature rail model in the Southern Hemisphere, a finely detailed rendering of the main western line from Bathurst to Tarana, complete with stations, bridges and tunnels.

Then head to a newer landmark, Rydges Mount Panorama Hotel for a four star stay right on the Bathurst track. Choose a studio with spa bath or do it in style at the three-bedroom penthouse.



Tremain’s Mill, Bathurst
0407 415 167

The Victoria, Bathurst
(02) 6331 5777

Bathurst Rail Museum, Bathurst
(02) 6338 2850

Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst
(02) 6338 1888