Bathurst Winter Festival

  • Sat Jul 02 - Sun Jul 17 2022
  • All Ages
  • FREE with some paid event options

Fill your winter getaway with wonderous adventures and enjoy the annual 16-day Bathurst Winter Festival. With fun and entertainment for all ages, it is a must these school holidays.

Bathurst Winter Festival 2022

The Bathurst Winter Festival is an annual celebration of the magic of winter in Bathurst, bringing together stunning light shows across historic buildings, live music, food and wine events, outdoor ice-skating, show rides and so much more!

The event embraces the district seasonality of the region and celebrates the significant cultural heritage of Australia’s oldest inland settlement. Staged in the beautiful, heritage CBD of Bathurst, the festival is a showcase of the vibrancy, creativity and family friendliness of the region. Illuminated heritage buildings, an outdoor ice rink, a giant Ferris wheel, a two-storey carousel and evening food and beverage festivals allow visitors to embrace winter and have outdoor fun, all in the historic and architecturally beautiful centre of town.

Illumination and Lights

Wander through the heart of Bathurst and watch vibrant colours and lights play across buildings, bringing to life this year’s theme of ‘Creative Lives’.


  • Bathurst Court House
  • All Saints Anglican Church
  • Cathedral of St Michael & St John
  • Ribbon Gang Lane
  • Tremain’s Mill
  • Keystone (Keppel Street)

Illuminations are on from Sundown to 10pm.

Winter Playground at the Bathurst Winter Festival. 

Winter Playground

Open daily from 9 am-9 pm, the Winter Playground features a two-storey carousel, a giant Ferris wheel and other carnival rides! Tickets can only be purchased for the Ferris wheel, carousel, and other rides at the ticket booth in the Winter Playground during the Festival.

Armada Opening Night - Saturday 2 July - 4pm – 9pm.

Armada Opening Night - Saturday 2 July - 4pm – 9pm

The festivities kick off with scents of regionally sourced food, craft ales and mulled wine filling the streets; along with carnival rides, music and roving entertainment bringing the Winter Playground to life. Be there as the lights turn on for the first time at sun-down, with a Smoking Ceremony at 6pm courtesy of Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Additional food vendors, alcohol, and entertainment
  • Additional Rides Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm

Kids Day brought to you by Bathurst City Centre - Wednesday 6 and 13 July

LiveBetter Accessibility Day - Thursday 7 July 10am - 3pm

Pet Day - Sunday 17 July 10am – 12noon

Come join the fun at Bathurst Ice Rink.

Bathurst Ice Rink

The McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink is open daily from 9 am-9 pm (the last session at 8pm) and is open to children aged 3+ years of age. Bring the kids along for a skate or come along to a romantic 'Skate and Date’ - Thursday 7 July 10am – 3pm. 

Final weekend - 80’s, 90’s and 00’s themed ice skating nights

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6pm, 7pm and 8pm skating sessions.
  • Additional rides in operation Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm

Where:    Bathurst town centre - Kings Parade, Russell Street
When:     2-17 July 2022

Cost:       Toddler (3 - 5 years) $8.00 per person.           

                Children 6 - 14 years: $12 per person.

                Adults (15+) are $15 per person.

               Skating aids are $8 each.

              Tickets go on sale 1 June 2022 at 3pm

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