If you’ve ever heard of the Bathurst 1000, you’ve heard of Central New South Wales. Only a 3-hour drive from Sydney, the city of Bathurst is just one of the many heritage-rich and must-do locations of the region. Orange, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Grenfell and the other suburbs all hide their own foodie, arts, historic and outdoor adventures for any age.
Before Mount Panorama in Bathurst became known as one of the greatest racing tracks in the world, it was an important part of the local Wiradjuri tribe’s culture. The mount was called Waluu by the people, which meant ‘to watch over’. As you can guess, the mountain was used as a watchpoint to the surrounding area. It became what it’s known as today in the mid 1930s, now attracting more than 200,000 visitors to watch events throughout the year.
But that’s not all Bathurst is known for. The land is in fact Australia’s oldest inland European settlement, beginning in 1815. It was the gold rush of the 1850s that saw the town grow to house cottages, slab huts and turn-of-the-century buildings that are still preserved today.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Central NSW without stopping in at the McFeeters Motor Museum in Forbes or the Orange Botanic Gardens. Along the way, there are plenty of historic locations to rest your head, and heritage pubs and gastronomical delights to keep your satisfied.