15 years in Canberra and never been to Bathurst.


We hit the road on Saturday morning and trundled on up towards Yass.

I’ve had my Ford Fairmont for 4 or 5 months now and haven’t done a great deal of highway driving in it.  It was great to open her up past Hall and get cruising.

Took a left turn at Yass and headed down the Hume Highway.  Don’t those rolling hills look so green ?

We turned off the highway and headed further north towards Booroowa.  I know Booroowa as the birthplace of the late Jim Murphy.  I had a number of conversations with ‘big Jim’ about his childhood days as a part of a big family growing up in a little house in Booroowa.  It looks like a gorgeous country town.

We headed off towards Cowra. I love a country drive. And it’s made so much more spectacular by those bright yellow canola fields.

These relatively big NSW towns like Cowra have a certain historic charm that is very much missing in Canberra. We reverse parked, at 45 degrees of course, in the main street and grabbed lunch from a cafe.

And then off to Bathurst through the little town of Blayney.

Bathurst is the oldest inland town in Australia, and can’t you tell from the moment you drive in ?  If anything it reminds me of my home town of York in Western Australia.  I just adore all of the old houses and the tree lined streets.

You should see the place where we’re staying.  Wow !

We’re staying at Tannin Apartment.image

This place was built around 1845. It was once the separate outbuilding of the original home of Mr William Page. William established the first tannery in Bathurst. The Tannery was his home and is the oldest known remaining residence on the western side of the Macquarie River in Bathurst.image

You should see it now. It’s been impeccably transformed into a gorgeous boutique, one off, holiday apartment. It is simply divine. It features full and modern kitchen facilities, laundry/bathroom and a wonderfully appointed bedroom. There’s a wonderful courtyard complete with water feature and yes it does have free WIFI.

Luisa and I would thoroughly recommend.

We headed into the town centre on our first afternoon/evening. You can walk from the apartment. Bathurst reeks of history…200 years of it.

After a while we stumbled into Duggans Irish Pub, pictured above and had dinner. Classic Irish Shepherds Pie for me and Surf and Turf for Luisa.

Can’t wait for the rest of our Bathurst adventure.