Bathurst (New South Wales)
Founded in 1815 as the first inland European settlement on the Australian continent, Bathurst quickly became a regional centre of outback expansion and became an exceedingly wealthy town during the first wave of the Australian gold rush in the 1850s
 Get in
 By car
Bathurst is approximately three hours drive west of Sydney. Car drivers should cross the Blue Mountains on either the Great Western Highway from the Penrith area or the Bells Line of Road from the Windsor area. On the other side of the mountains, follow the Great Western Highway from Lithgow to Bathurst.
The road between Lithgow and Bathurst is straight and quick, however expect significant traffic delays when crossing the Blue Mountains away from Sydney on a Friday afternoon or returning to Sydney at the end of a weekend.
 By train and bus
Alternatively, you can take a Cityrail  train to Lithgow and change to a coach to Bathurst. These connecting services run a few times a day, and take about 30 minutes longer than the Countrylink service but are less than a quarter of the price.
Bathurst is part of the Cityrail network, so Cityrail conditions (like only first child pays, and cheap off-peak return) also apply to these services. Tickets can be purchased directly from Cityrail on the day or in advance for the Countrylink train. Multi-3 or Multi Single Day tickets are valid all the way to Bathurst. However, if you have one of these tickets you need to make sure you reserve the coach trip with Countrylink directly. (If you buy your ticket from a Cityrail station, they will book the Countrylink component for you).
 By plane
Regional Express  offers several flights from Sydney to Bathurst daily.
 By coach
Australia Wide Coaches  have an express service from Bathurst to the Sydney City and on to Sydney airport every morning, and return in the afternoon. Price is less than the Countrylink service, but more than the Cityrail service.
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Charles Sturt University  has a Bathurst campus in Panorama Avenue in the south of Bathurst. ph 6338 4000. Its B Arts (Communications) degrees in theatre, journalism, advertising and public relations among others are particularly well regarded.
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 Stay safe
The weekend of the Bathurst 1000 is an extremely dangerous time to be driving in the area: the fans are keen to emulate their heroes, and reckless driving is much more common than at other times.
The fans are not the only ones to look out for! The Police with Radar Traps are also on the lookout this weekend.
 Get out
The second large town in the area, Orange, is only half an hours drive west on the Mitchell Highway, and several Countrylink bus services run between the two every day.
Abercrombie caves offer a less crowded alternative to the more famous Jenolan caves