Getting Here

Where is the Bathurst Winter Festival?

The Bathurst Winter Festival is held in Bathurst, NSW. The festival is located in the heart of the CBD across Kings Parade, Russell Street and Machattie Park, with the McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink in front of the historic Bathurst Court House at 160 Russell Street.

Most Australians associate Bathurst with motorsports thanks to Mount Panorama, one of the world’s most famous racing circuits. It hosts a number of international racing events, including the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Bathurst 1000. When it's not being used for a race, the public can take a drive around the circuit with it open as a public road.

It is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and is a city of contrasts, from the heritage listed buildings and grand historical mansions to quirky bars and restaurants, modern accommodation and a host of arts, crafts and music events in the surrounding areas guaranteed to delight. 

The city is also a university town – Charles Sturt Uni helping this historic NSW town stay relevant and move forward with edgy optimism and youthful exuberance. Mixing the new and exciting with its heritage is what Bathurst is all about – there truly is something for everyone here.


Festival Operating Hours

The Bathurst Winter Festival is open every day of the NSW winter school holidays, from Saturday 1 - Sunday 16 July 2023.

It is open 9am - 9pm daily (the last ice skating session starting at 8pm).

Entry is free. Tickets must be purchased for the McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink and show rides.


Getting Here

Bathurst is centrally located in Central Tablelands of New South Wales, about 200 kilometres northwest of Sydney, just over three hours’ drive from Sydney and 3hr 30min from Canberra.

You can also catch the train direct from Sydney daily, which takes around four hours, and hire a car to explore the region.

There are plenty of places to stay, including motels, B&Bs, historic houses, farmstays and campgrounds.



Getting Around

There are many easy ways to travel around Bathurst and the Bathurst Winter Festival venues. Many venues are within walking distance of the Bathurst CBD.

Regular bus services operate around Bathurst, and to Lithgow and Orange, as well as taxi services based in the town. Hire cars are also available.

Parking is available within the CBD, and at the RSL carpark off Rankin Street.

Follow the links below for more details.