Bathurst200 - Celebrating a Bicentenary in 2015

The History and Events

In 1815, on the banks of the Macquarie River on a foggy May 7 morning in the presence of 75 individuals and the local Wiradyuri people, Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed the settlement of Bathurst. From this point, the mapping and settlement of inland Australia began.

In 2015 Bathurst will celebrate its bicentenary as the mainland's oldest inland European settlement in Australia. A year long celebration is planned with a calendar full of events and activities for people of all ages and interests.

The feature week for celebrations starts on Sunday 3 May 2015 with outdoor art installations, fashion exhibitions, colonial fair and a spectacular night Illumination and street festival on Saturday 9 May.

The bicentenary is a European milestone and in 2015, Bathurst is re-telling this shared history with the Wiradjuri people – who watched on from afar in 1815. A possum skin cloak healing workshop is being held by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in October 2014 in conjunction with the Wiradjuri Elders and is symbolic of the new history that will be created from 2015.


Visit Bathurst in 2015

There's no better time to think about reconnecting with this amazing inland city – just three hours from Sydney. Bathurst is a thriving and cosmopolitan city that offers days of discovery for visitors. You might not know, but you can actually take a lap around Mount Panorama – it's not just for V8's – just make sure you stick to the speed limit.

Bathurst is home to award winning Patisserie Legall which is worth the drive for the citron tarts and choux pasties alone. It has a boutique distillery and is home to the nation's Cool Climate Wine show. Bathurst's famers are also putting some of the finest produce on tables locally and in Sydney, with a climate and rainfall that makes for a magnificent food bowl.

There are four distinct and beautiful seasons to enjoy and you should really be sure to put it on your travel itinerary for 2015. A special tourism pass is available to simplify visiting all the major attractions.

For details on things to see and do in 2015, visit the calendar and get involved pages of the Bathurst200 website.


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