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Heritage Park is set over 430 acres (173 hectares) and has a unique history.

In 1940 an army camp was established on a local property on the Limekilns Road at Kelso near Bathurst. The camp site was geographically isolated from the main town. Many units were trained in Bathurst before being sent overseas to Singapore, the Middle East, and New Guinea.

At the end of the war the army camp became a migrant reception and training Centre for European refugees and displaced persons. It was one of the major migrant reception centres in Australia, accepting around 80,000 migrants between 1948 and 1952.

The camp housed the usual communal kitchen, school and ablution blocks and was considered to be self-contained township and separate from the wider Bathurst community. Between 1948 and 1952 the Bathurst Migrant Camp housed nearly 80,000 people. The total population at any given time was 8,000. After 1952 the property was purchased and returned to farmland.

The Bathurst Sheep & Cattle Show was established in 1978 originally to give extra income for the farm because they had been going through a severe drought and the farm had been making no money. Over the next few years this show evolved to a well-known educational and fun attraction, including accommodation for children coming to Bathurst for school excursions. This venue now includes other attractions such as an Animal Nursery, Hayrides, Bush dance and we are the last Sheep and Cattle Show in Australia.

From the 1950`s it was run as a farm, but a bad drought in the 80`s led to the owner starting up the sheep & cattle show. This was for two reasons, one to display some of the leading breeds of the Central Tablelands and as an extra income for the farm. It has evolved from this to today where it is the base for school excursions (both domestic & international) and public to view the sheep & cattle show, and to stay on site and experience the farm life.

Heritage Park is situated approx. 10 minutes from Bathurst CBD and just under 2 & ½ hours from Sydney. The sheep & cattle show not only allows you to see and hear the stories of some of the leading sheep & cattle breeds of the Central Tablelands and Australia but allows you to view and partake in cow milking, see a sheep being shorn and contains other animals such as working dogs, goats, donkeys, miniature horse and a pig. The show is not only educational, it is fun as well.

Shows do require a group booking, but please ring to find out times and dates.

As well we can accommodate up to 240 people for overnight or longer stays with 8 farm units and three large bunkhouses. These are more suited to group bookings such as school excursions or sporting groups.  We can also hold any type of function required with a wide range of menus from a BBQ menu to a 3-course meal.

Other activities include, a small animal nursery containing both, farm and native animals, hay rides around the farm and a putt putt course.

Recently due to changes in the Australian Schools curriculum we have worked very closely with the Aboriginal Elders of the Wiradyuri Central West Corporation to offer traditional activities in line with the current curriculum.