Bathurst and private mansion tour
is Australia's oldest inland European settlement.
Explorers crossed the rugged Blue Mountains
in 1813. The road was surveyed and built
in 1814/15 and Governor Macquarie declared
the new settlement on the side of the river
to be Bathurst in May 1815, naming it after
With its rich and fascinating, yet sometimes
tragic history, you’ll learn about
life for the early European settlers and
the traditional Wiradjuri owners.
We have an excellent mix of preserved Victorian
and Federation architecture to admire. You'll
be intrigued with the history; from workers
cottages made from local bricks dating back
to the 1830’s to grand 3 story homes.
We even have Abercrombie House; a Scottish
We wind our way through the streets and
alleys of Bathurst seeing things you would
never find on your own. We'll look at the
beautiful Showgrounds with it's heritage
listed buildings. You will hear the amazing
stories of the buildings and how they came
On this tour, we take a peek into the life
of Ben Chifley, a Bathurst boy born in 1885
. Ben joined the railway after leaving school
at 14 and went onto becoming the state's
youngest engine driver at age 26 and later
rose to become Australia's Prime Minister.
On this tour, you'll see Joseph Benedict
Chifley's birth home, his home he lived
in for his entire life, the steam engine
he drove while working on the railway and
we even visit his grave.
If you've never been to Abercrombie House,
you'll wonder why after this tour. We takle
a very private tour through is amazing 51
room mansion with it's 30 fire places. Your
guide will fill you full of insights into
the wealth of the Stewart family who built
the mansion; how it became an abandoned
shell and later under the expert guidance
of the current owners, this mansion is holding
it's head up high again. On this tour, we
explore inside the mansion, some of the
outbuildings and the grounds.
There are plenty of old towns with great
history around inland Australia but there
is none older than Bathurst.
Learn about the past of this proud city
but also look into the future for one of
Australia’s fastest growing inland
Mount panorama racing circuit (1938)
oldest inland church (1835)
area, mills, police station and
Gang Lane (1830’s)
so much more…
entry to Abercrombie House ($15pp
/ $10pp concession)
Where does the tour start?
We meet at the Bathurst Visitors Information
Centre or from your accommodation
by prior arrangement
How long is the tour?
9am – 4pm
Are you a solo traveler?
We don't like to see people missing
out on a tour so please get in touch
and we'll see how we can help. Often
we can hook you up with another group,
or make special arrangements to ensure
you don't miss out.