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Pushing the Boundaries: Facilitation Frontiers  
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst - New South Wales, Australia
26-28 November 2008

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The following suggestions are intended to enhance the visit by participants to the Bathurst district.  Participants are responsible for making their own enquiries regarding the appropriateness of their undertaking any tour and the associated transport and equipment requirements for their safety and comfort.
A Bathurst Region Tour Planner and other information and advice can be obtained from:
Bathurst Visitor Information Centre   (Kendall Ave & Great Western Highway)   Open 7 days 9am-5pm  
Tel: +61-2-6332-1444      Fax: +61-2-6332-2333      Freecall within Australia:  1800-68-1000  
Email:      Web:
External link  
For further information see:
Bathurst Town & Around External link
Bathurst & Surrounds (Tourism NSW) External link

Diversions on the way to Bathurst
From Sydney
Blue Mountains National Park - World Heritage Area; spectacular scenic lookouts, bushwalks
External link or External link
Mount York - historic place and lookout
Hartley Vale - historic place
Hartley Historic Site
Lithgow - national parks, lookouts, bushwalks, historic Zig-Zag Railway 
            Lithgow Visitor Information Centre  - Great Western Highway  
            Tel:  1300-76-02-76 (within Australia)   or   +  61-2-6350-3230
             Web: External link  

From Canberra
Yass - historic buidlings
Cowra - wineries, Japanese Garden, site of the Cowra Breakout in World War II  
            Cowra Visitor Information Centre - Olympic Park, Mid Western Highway
             Tel:  +61-2-6342-4333      Web:
External link
Canowindra - Age of Fishes Museum (fossils), historic buildings
            Canowindra Visitor Information Centre - Gaskill and Ferguson Streets
Tel: +61-2-6344-1008        Web:
External link
Carcoar - picturesque historic village classified by the National Trust
Blayney - wind farm
            Blayney Tourist Information Centre - 97 Adelaide Street  Tel: +61-2-6368-3534


Tourist Drives from Bathurst  
Bathurst to Dubbo
206km (130 miles) long via Mitchell Highway
54km - Orange - wineries, extensive parks & gardens, historic buildings, accommodation and services  
           Orange Visitor Information Centre - Byng Street  Freecall: 1800-069-466  
External link     
XXkm - Wellington -
206km - Dubbo - Western Plains Zoo; historic buildings
            Dubbo Tourism Visitor Centre - Macquarie Street & newell Highway

            Tel: +61-2-6801-4450   Fax: +61-2-6801-4459  Web: External link
Bathurst to Hartley  
115km (72 miles) long, including 10km (6 miles) of unsealed road
20 km - O'Connell - buildings from 1830s; classified by the National Trust; fishing and picnic spots on Fish River
45km -  Oberon - gem fossicking and fishing
            Oberon Visitor Information Centre - Ross Street & Edith Road   Tel; +61-2-6336-0666  
External link  
75km -  Jenolan Caves - excellent limestone caves open to visitors (tours take 1 to 2 hours); accommodation
            Bookings:  1300-76-33-11 (within Australia)   Web:
External link
95km -  Kanangra Boyd National Park - spectacular lookouts and bushwalks; bushcamping (few facilities) 
115km - Hartley
- protected historic site
Bathurst to Mudgee
145km (90 miles) long, including 75km (45 miles) of unsealed road
30km - Wattle Flat - former gold town, now quaint village
40km - Sofala - Australia's oldest surviving gold town; accommodation, food, arts & crafts
75km - Hill End - protected historic site, gold mining town
145km - Mudgee - historic town, wineries, food, bushwalking      

 Bathurst district map
Hill End and Sofala historic gold mining towns
Macquarie Woods (halfway between Bathurst and Orange) 
Ben Chifley Dam - 20km from Bathurst (cabins available)  and Lake Oberon - 43km from Bathurst
Fish River  and  Macquarie River  
Gold fossicking
Sofala - 45km north, Hill End - 87km north-west;
historic gold mining areas
Gemstone fossicking
Trunkey Creek - 70km south - quartz at Abercrombie Caves; sapphire, zircon, garnet at Tuena Creek 
Abercrombie Caves - 70km south; Jenolan Caves - 70km east; Macquarie Woods - 29km west
Boundary Road Reserve - 3km west off Mid Western Highway 
Cave tours (some self-guided)  
Abercrombie Caves - 70km south; Jenolan Caves - 70km east


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