LOCATION AND VENUE
The Conference venue is the Centre for Professional
Development (CPD) at Charles Sturt University Mitchell campus, Panorama
View a street map of Bathurst here (322kb) - the venue is at
grid reference G13.
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pdf map of the CSU Bathurst campus here
(904kB). The CPD (Building S17) is at grid reference E2, located
on Village Drive.
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For more information on the venue, see Venue and Facilities
Bathurst is located just over
200km west of Sydney, accessible by daily coach, rail and air transport.
By road our venue is about 2.5 hours drive from
Sydney via Lithgow, or a little over 3 hours (250km) from Canberra
via Cowra and Blayney.
We encourage car pooling or use of public transport wherever
For more information about how to get there, see Transport Options
For more information about where to stay, see Accommodation Options
Historic Bathurst was the first inland settlement in Australia. The
colony of New South Wales was established in 1788, but it took settlers
some 15 years to find a way across the imposing Blue Mountains. Two
years later in 1815 a road had been built and Bathurst was established.
The city now stands as a symbol of how we can overcome seemingly
overwhelming barriers, to open a host of new possibilities.
For more historical background, see Bathurst District Historical Background
Bathurst is now a city of more than
30,000 people, with an additional 17,000 residents in the surrounding
district. It supports industries which include education, agriculture,
manufacturing and food processing.
This event will mark the first time the AFN Conference
has been held in a regional location within a rural community.
And we will be working to link that community with conference participants
through a Regional Showcase event and other activities.
Make your own crossing over the mountains to join us in
Bathurst, renowned for its historic buildings, museums and galleries,
thriving educational sector and arts community.
As Bathurst lies at the heart
of a Central Tablelands district rich in historic villages, bushland
reserves, rivers and streams, spectacular caves, gold fossicking areas
and wineries, there is no shortage of attractions and activities beyond
For more information and options for touring, see Bathurst District Highlights