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Lake Bathurst

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Lake Bathurst
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• Goulburn
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Lake Bathurst - Cities, Towns and Localities
This small village renown for its tree lined streets and  historic buildings lies some 27km south east of Goulburn on the road to Braidwood. First discovered in 1818 by explorers Hamilton Hume and James Meehan who named the lake after the Secretary of the State of War and the Colonies.

Settlement started in 1826 with the township originally named Tarago, the area soon prospered with the introduction of grazing cattle. The famous Durack family established a base here to raise cattle, they then went on to open up huge areas of land in the Kimberley of Western Australia and became one of Australia's largest landholding families.

The town had a post office, railway station, school, church, general store and an inn. The railway line being abandoned in 1921 due to lack of patronage, other services and business have slowly faded away as people travelled to the larger towns nearby.

During the week this sleepy village is a pleasant place to explore our heritage and historic buildings during the weekend the town comes alive with visitors and day trippers getting their dose of history.

Check out our listing of Lake Bathurst accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Lavender Garden Tea Rooms & Accommodation at Lake Bathurst
Braidwood Road
Ph/Fax: 02 4849 4475
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Lake Bathurst Attractions

Lake Bathurst Function Centre & Lavender Gardens
• Combines history, scenery and nostalgia and invites visitors to share that experience in a tiny country village. Historic tours are available, for groups of 12 or more, which take in the village, a private collection of motoring memorabilia with its vintage petrol bowser display, the Lake itself and World War ll Fuel Stores tucked away at the end of the village. Personalised tours also available - coach groups welcome. Bookings are essential.
Bathurst Lake
• The local aborigines (Ngunnawal) knew the lake as "Bundong" Governor Macquarie camped beside the lake in 1820 a memorial at the village of Bundong commemorates this event. The lake itself is home to a large variety of water birds. NO rivers flow into the lake it is fed by the surrounding water table. East of the lake is a large swamp called the morass.
Magellan Observatory
• Ph: 02 4849 4489
• Just north of the village on Covan Creek Rd the observatory has a 46cm telescope and offers self contained accommodation.
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