Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries

In Bathurst, you'll find several wonderful and historic parks and gardens featuring a wide variety of native and exotic plant species. Whatever the season there is always something special to see. Bathurst Regional Council provides approximately 30 playgrounds for children of all ages to enjoy. Our Adventure Playground in Durham Street is certainly a highlight and well worth a visit. Whether you’re living in Bathurst or simply visiting there are lots of great playgrounds for children to enjoy.

Bathurst's sporting facilities are well known throughout the region and beyond. Sportsgrounds are available for use by associations, schools, community groups and individuals. Please note that use of Club House facilities will only be available after negotiation with the Tenant Club, User Group and Council’s Recreation Section.

Bookings and Venue Hire

Should you wish to hire Council facilities or request a street banner to be displayed please fill out the appropriate form below and return to Council's Parks and Recreation Section, Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst or contact contact Council's Recreation Section on (02) 6333 6285 to check availability.


Application for Sporting Field Hire (Seasonal Use)(PDF, 202KB)
Application for Sporting Field Hire (Casual One Off Use)(PDF, 186KB)
Application for Lamp Stand Banner Flag Hire(PDF, 181KB)
Application for Banner Hire - William Street, Bathurst(PDF, 181KB)
Local Approval - Section 68 and Roads Act(PDF, 202KB)
Application to Hold an Event in a Council Facility(PDF, 154KB)
Alcohol Free Area Exemption Permit Form(PDF, 580KB)
Application to open Fernery in Machattie Park for Photographs(PDF, 145KB)

There are a variety of facilities in the Bathurst Region that are available for hire.  In an attempt to assist interested persons in finding the right facility for their use, a list of facilities is attached below.

It should be noted that you should make your own enquiries as the availability of the facility and that the information provided may not be complete.  Should you know of any other facility that should be included on the list or require the information to be updated, please contact Council on (02) 6333 6523. 

List of Venues/Facilities for Hire(PDF, 157KB)

Community Directory


Alcohol Free Areas

Alcohol-Free Zones

Council established alcohol-free zones in Bathurst Regional Council CBD in 2004, re-establishing these zones in 2008, 2011, 2015, 2019 to 2023.  The current alcohol-free zones are in force from 1 November 2023 due to expire 31 October 2027. 

The map of the Alcohol-Free Zones and Areas in Bathurst CBD can be accessed here...(PDF, 819KB)

Alcohol-Free Areas
Council has endorsed alcohol-free areas of Machattie Park, Kings Parade and Macquarie River Bicentennial Park.  Council has adopted an alcohol-free area exemption policy which outlines the process in gaining exemption to the twenty-four hour alcohol-free area for specific events.
The exemption will apply to special, irregular occasions including community events such as festivals or gatherings and small private events such as weddings or other family celebrations.
A fee will apply to each exemption application. The fee and completed permit application must be validated by Bathurst Regional Council prior to each event.
A copy of the policy and exemption permit is available below or by calling into Council offices at the corner of Russell and William Streets. Forms are also available at the Visitor Information Centre.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Cultural & Community Services Department on 6333 6523, during business hours.

Alcohol Free Area Exemption Policy(PDF, 10KB)
Alcohol Free Area Permit(PDF, 580KB)



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