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Bathurst Heritage Matters

The cultural heritage of Bathurst and its environs is what makes it unique.

It is about buildings and places, people and their stories and objects and their stories.

It gives the community a strong sense of place.

It contributes strongly to tourism and the economy.

It is what makes it an attractive place to live and visit.

We value our heritage.

We need to protect it.


Bathurst Conservation Areas. Bathurst Regional Council has 11 heritage conservation areas:

  • Bathurst Central
  • Kelso
  • Villages of Evans Plains, Hill End, Peel, Perthville, Rockley, Sofala, Trunkey Creek, Wattle Flat
  • West Bathurst Duration Cottages.

The Bathurst City Conservation Area is a wonderful collection of mainly 19th century cottages, shops and landmark anchor buildings in the central heritage area.

It is Bathurst.

Bathurst is unimaginable without it.

The Bathurst Conservation Area originally was identified, defined, researched and listed by the National Trust in 1974 so as to provide a level of protection to this historic area. This was adopted subsequently by Council and has been added to over the years.



Why is the Central Heritage Conservation Area important?

This is the heart of Bathurst. It is what visitors visualise when they think of our city. It is iconic.

Just as recognisable as Battery Point in Hobart. The Rocks and Paddington in Sydney, the historic centres of Ballarat and Bendigo, of Lyon and Bordeaux.

There is nothing like this in the rest of NSW. It is precious and important, and is the birthplace not only of luminaries like Ben Chifley, but of the first inland European settlement in Australia.

We need to protect it.

Its heritage values are a major contributor to tourism here and so it is a big part of our local economy. Devalue the buildings and we will lose some of the tourism.

This heritage area is also a key element of our sense of place and the attraction of Bathurst as a place to live, work and visit.


We need to protect, enhance and promote our heritage.

Bathurst Heritage Strategy

Bathurst Regional Council recently released the Bathurst Heritage Strategy 2014-2017.

It can be accessed via the following link.

Bathurst Heritage Reference Group

At a recent meeting of Bathurst Regional Council, councillors voted to establish a Bathurst Heritage Reference Group to provide for collaboration and cooperation in the implementation and review of the Bathurst Region Heritage Strategy.

Bathurst Macquarie Medal

During Heritage Week, Mayor Gary Rush announced the establishment of the Bathurst Macquarie Medal.  It will be awarded to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to heritage in Australia.  Further details will be provided as they become available.

 Bathurst Heritage Week

Congratulations to all those who contributed to the success of the inaugural Bathurst Heritage Week.  If you have any ideas for future heritage week activities, please email them to .

 Experience Heritage Bathurst brochures

Visitors and locals now have access to four new brochures about the built heritage of Bathurst which were sponsored and produced by the Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust and launched during Heritage Week.

The brochures are:
     Explore Bathurst’s Conservation areas
     Walk in Bathurst’s Keppel Street Heritage Area
     Explore Bathurst’s Heritage Buildings
     Walk Around Bathurt’s Machattie Park Heritage Area.

The brochures are available from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and the Bathurst District Historical Society.

National Trust Heritage Certificates

The National Trust Heritage Certificates are being awarded each month to recognise the work of home owners in maintaining and enhancing their heritage homes and thereby making a significant contribution to the streetscapes of the Bathurst Central conservation area.  The Trust appreciates the support of Councillors in presenting the awards.


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