The first Europeans, or new colonials, who walked across the Bathurst plains were members of Assistant Surveyor-General George Evans' party which had set out from Sydney in November 1813, walking in the footsteps of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, then continuing onward to investigate the possibility of building a road over the Blue Mountains.
In his journal Evans records the bounty of fish found in the waterways encountered throughout the expedition.
'Nothing astonished me more than the amazingly large fish that are caught; one is now brought to me that weighs at least 15lbs...' Friday December 10th, 1813.
He writes of the journey's early days spent entangled in the mountains' thick forests, of the stunning vista of the valleys on the other side (west) of the mountains, and the fertile lands which he felt would be most suitable for sheep grazing.
On December 21st 1813 George Evans surprised a small group of Wiradjuri women and children who were likely seeking water from the river. He notes that the women and children were frightened and trembling at the sight of the explorers, but after some good humoured interaction, they were less fearful. This is the first recorded meeting between Europeans and the people of the Wiradjuri nation.
Evans and party returned to Sydney by end of December 1813 and eagerly informed Governor Macquarie of the beauty and potential of the Bathurst plains.
Bathurst 2795, Bathurst Regional Council, 2011, Land and Property Information
Book 2 - Australian Discovery by Land, http://gutenberg.net.au/ausdisc/ausdisc2-02.html