The best camping near Bathurst, New South Wales.
From mountain views to motorsports, this gold rush town has a taste for adventure.
Motorsports enthusiasts know Bathurst for its legendary Mount Panorama Circuit, and a drive around the scenic mountain road is a must. Once you’ve taken in the views, discover Bathurst’s gold rush heritage, play a game at the golf course, or spot kangaroos at the Boundary Road Reserve. Bushwalking opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding national parks andRead more...
Motorsports enthusiasts know Bathurst for its legendary Mount Panorama Circuit, and a drive around the scenic mountain road is a must. Once you’ve taken in the views, discover Bathurst’s gold rush heritage, play a game at the golf course, or spot kangaroos at the Boundary Road Reserve. Bushwalking opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding national parks and reserves, while Chifley Dam provides plenty of ways to get on the water. Campers can check into the caravan park in town, pitch a tent by the riverside, or escape the crowds at tranquil farm camping grounds.
Where to Go
The sloping hills and valleys of NSW’s Central Tablelands harbor a rich history. Get a taste of gold rush fever as you explore 19th-century gold mines at Hill End, visit Sofala and Wattle Flat, or try your hand at gold fossicking along Tambaroora Creek. Seeking an outdoor adventure? Discover the Abercrombie Caves, hike the summit of Evans Crown, or explore the 4WD trails of Winburndale Nature Reserve.
East of Bathurst, the Blue Mountains are a natural playground for hikers and mountain bikers. Must-see natural wonders include the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, and the Jenolan Caves, and there are endless options for bushwalking and camping. Nearby, Capertee National Park is a hotspot for rock climbing, while the Wollemi National Park has glowworm caves, kayaking tours, and bush camping.
Orange Wine Region
Less than an hour’s drive west, the green hills of the Orange region are a patchwork of vineyards and orchards. Stop at boutique wineries to sample the region’s cool-climate wines, dine at country restaurants with a view over the vineyards, or visit the historic villages of Carcoar and Lyndhurst. The most impressive views are from above—nearby Canowindra is famous for its hot air balloon tours.
When to Go
Bathurst has four distinct seasons, but the weather rarely hits extremes, and outdoor activities are possible year-round with the right gear. Summer (December through February) is busiest, and the sunny days are ideal for wine tasting or water sports around the lakes. The small town draws huge crowds for the annual Bathurst 1000 (October) and Bathurst 12 Hour (February) motor races—book well in advance if visiting at this time.
Know Before You Go
- Bathurst has bus and train links to Sydney, but having your own transport is useful for exploring the national parks.
- Bathurst has a small selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies.
- Fire bans are common during summer and dry periods, so check local recommendations before lighting a campfire and always use designated fire pits.
- A permit is required to camp within NSW’s national parks, and campsites must be booked in advance.