A true city girl, eight years ago I left my beloved home in Sydney’s Inner West to live in the NSW town of Bathurst.
My husband and I settled on a farm 20kms out of town, with so much space for our boys to explore. Being a city lover and moving to a farm where the closest neighbour is at least 1km away, I needed to find places that made me feel connected with this new life.
Food has always been a big love of mine and I’m sure it feels the same for most. The memories of the most delicious smells and tastes, they can bring you back in time and take you to those special places.
So, I began a subconscious exploration of the town’s culinary beauties, and it’s brought me to my list of favourites below.
If you're in Bathurst or heading to Bathurst and are wondering what to do, where to eat, and where to shop, just read below for my favourite spots.
And a list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add some things I love to do and the places my family and I love to visit when we have a spare weekend (meaning – no kids’ sports!)
Where I love to Eat
Coffee + Lunch
Dinner + Drinks
A sister restaurant of Raku Izakaya in Orange, this is the first modern Japanese restaurant in Bathurst. We have been so impressed with the quality of the food that is definitely our favourite place to eat. Not cheap, especially as it’s made us dream of booking a trip to Japan, but worth it.
Tucked in a quaint courtyard, Vine & Tap is the go-to place when you’re in the mood for an Italian night out. In the evenings, the fairy lights are on, making you feel like you’re in some Mediterranean village. Food is tapas-size style, so perfect to try a few of the dishes. The mushroom arancini is always a favourite!
For all the gourmet pizza lovers, this is the place. Cute, trendy and delicious; it’s all in one place. Right off William street, you won’t see it unless you have directions.
Leaning more towards a restaurant than a pub, you get all the classics plus a whole lot more. Great with kids too!
The Vic, as us Bathurstians like to call it, is our top pick to have a relaxed, quick and enjoyable pub dinner.
The outdoor area is host to many live music events, where you can bring along your kids and/or pets.
New-ish to town, Beer is at the centre here. They also serve food on a limited menu.
Not a fan of whiskey myself, but the others I went along with, were impressed with it. I tried my very first Espresso Martini here! They serve tapas-style dishes.
Where I love to Shop
Anything to do with things for the kitchen or dining, this is my first point of call. Also, if I’m buying a present, or specialised teas, I make sure I visit them first.
If you’re searching for cute homely things, they have them…including my own art tea towels!! So proud to have them in their store 🧡
Beautiful fashion, handbags, jewellery, soft furnishings, cute furniture and a section especially for kids. Everything you need to make you and your home feel lovely and cosy.
I also buy a lot of gifts from here.
Stockists of Ikou and Glasshouse products in Bathurst, they also have some beautiful objects for the home.
Fashion, coffee and flowers all in one place. Though you may never get to the cafe and floris at the back, as you’ll probably get lost browsing all the gorgeous clothes.
What I love to Do
🔸 Visit the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) - they have incredible art exhibitions, including recently the Archie 100
🔸 Visit the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
🔸 Take a trip to Millthorpe, Carcoar, Orange, Sofala and Hill End
🔸 Go hiking to Borenore Caves, Evans Crown in Tarana or Mount Canobolas
🍋 February – Bathurst Liqui Moly 12 hour car race
🍑 Late March through to mid May – Autumn colours
One of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Bathurst and the surrounding towns, as the trees turn into beautiful reds, oranges and yellow. The poplars are stunning at this time of year.
⛸ Winter Festival – Food, Wine & Events, including McDonald’s Ice Rink
🌸 Cherry trees dress the streets. Get ready for music festivals and the world-famous Bathurst 1000