Bathurst is a regional centre in NSW about 200km west of Sydney. It is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia and has a population of about 37,000.
Bathurst is situated on the banks of the Macquarie River in the Central Tablelands Region of NSW. It is a regional services centre, a vibrant country city with a rich cultural heritage and is recognised as a centre of learning. Bathurst effectively combines rural, manufacturing and education industries with a lifestyle rich in sport, art and tourism facilities.
Bathurst has many large retailers including a Big W, Woolworths Supermarket, a Mitre 10 Home & Trade, Coles, ALDI and a Target.
There are several schools, including four private and two public high schools. Bathurst is the home of one of the campuses of Charles Sturt University (CSU). CSU is a major provider of regional tertiary education as well as national and international distance education. CSU also has campuses in Wagga Wagga, Albury, Dubbo, Orange and Ontario (Canada).
Bathurst is a regional highway hub. Several roads including the Great Western Highway, Mid-Western Highway, Mitchell Highway, O'Connell Road to Oberon and Bathurst-Ilford Road all start in Bathurst. Other major roads in Bathurst include Durham Street, Eleven Mile Drive, and Bradwadine Road.
Bathurst Railway Station is 10 minutes' walk from the city centre and is serviced by CountryLink trains and buses to Sydney, Lithgow and Dubbo. Local bus services operate in the surrounding suburbs of Bathurst, with a bus interchange in Howick Street, opposite Stockland Bathurst.
Regional Express Airlines is the only airline providing passenger services at Bathurst Airport. It services the route from Bathurst to Sydney. Several flight schools operate from the airport, with frequent use by trainee pilots during navigation training.
The city is also served by Bathurst Base Hospital.
Bathurst is well known for Mount Panorama motor racing circuit, the venue for the Bathurst 12 hour race each February, and the Bathurst 1000 race each October.