7th Horseless Carriage Club

International Tour

 Bathurst, NSW, Australia 

Friday 30th August to Friday 6th September, 2019

International Visitor Info

We are proud to announce that we are running an International tour for all pre 1916  vehicles in Bathurst, NSW August 30th - September 6th 2019. 

With the support of Bathurst Regional Council, the headquarters for the event will be the famous Mt Panorama Raceway, utilising its pit area and corporate facilities. Information will be updated on the tour web page in the next couple of months.

Entering Australia

If you are flying to Australia to attend Bathurst, then you will most likely enter via Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (Sir Charles the great Australian Aviator). You will need to pass through Australian Customs & make a quarantine declaration. Australian Border Security are very strict on plant material (including on your shoes) and nuts & seeds. My personal rule, if in doubt declare it! Easier than getting in trouble for having un-declared Biodiversity Risk Material. Having said all that, even as many times as I've traveled to the USA I still find the entry daunting in LAX, and Australian Customs & Quarantine by contrast very friendly (but there is nothing like coming back to your home country).

Sight Seeing in Sydney and travelling to Bathurst.

There is plenty to see and do in Sydney, so plan to spend 2-4 days there prior to coming to Bathurst. It would be a shame to come all this way and not see the best city in the world before heading west!


Be sure to include these Sydney Icons on your tourist itinerary:

  • Sydney Opera House - World famous for it's white sales and unique architecture and magnificent acoustics! Not to mention its position on Sydney Harbour.

  • Walk or climb (either over the arch or on the side walk) Sydney Harbor Bridge

  • Centre Point Tower - have lunch or dinner in the revolving restaurant, taking in the vista of the entire city & harbor from high above the surrounding buildings

  • Bondi Beach - generally considered  the most pristine beach with a city in the world.

  • Manly by ferry - see Sydney Harbor at sea level and take the Ferry to the chic town of Manly , harbor on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other and 500 meters of fabulous shopping and dining in between!

  • The historic Rocks district birth place of modern Australia


To see what Australia has to offer

click the videos to the right.

To see what New South Wales

has to offer click the video to

the right and far right

Virgin Australia's

Mt Panorama video

Visit Destination NSW web page for more details on what to see and do:

Visit Tourism Australia:



The city of Bathurst is located about 3hrs (300km or 220 miles) west of Sydney. It is over the beautiful Blue Mountains or what us regional New South Welshmen refer to as the "Sand Stone Curtain". It has a population of approximately 50,000 people and is famous Australia wide for Mount Panorama Raceway and its legendary racing battles on the mountain. However Bathurst holds many other wonderful attractions, a number of which we will take the opportunity to visit.

I've been asked a number of times as to "how far is it from Bathurst to the Outback" - the short answer is the outback starts about 5 hour west of Bathurst and goes for over 2000 kilometres north, south and west, and covers most of the interior of the Australian Continent, which is the driest inhabited continent on Earth! Hence why 80% of the population live within 50 miles of the coast.

See the Itinerary page for details of the proposed over night Coach tour and sight seeing on the way from Sydney to Bathurst, leaving 29th August.

Australia vs other countries 

Sydney is Australia's premier entry point for international visitors and with a population of just over 4 million people, it is Australia's largest city. Australia, whilst having the geographical size similar to the "lower 48" of the USA, has a total population just short of greater Los Angles. As mentioned, over 80% of the population live within 50 miles of the coast line. So country towns tend to be small, friendly and helpful (particularly if you are driving a Brass Era car!)

Below are some tips & tricks to assist with finding your way.


  • Australia is 240V, so you will need a converter to charge or operate your electrical bits & pieces

  • Telephone Mobile (cell) coverage in all major City and towns is generally very good, however on long country roads travelling between towns some distance apart there will be "Black Spots" where no coverage exists. At the major airports, you are able to purchase a sim card to slot into your phone (if it is not locked by your provider) that will give you an Australian number whilst here or alternatively look at a "travel pack" offered by your own cell phone company as the data fees are lethal (as we have found out the hard way!)

  • Tipping is not expected in Australia and there is no expected % - you only need to tip, if you feel you have received excellent service (restaurants, taxis (cabs) etc).



  • Australia is Right Hand Drive, however the simple rule "the driver is always in the middle of the road", helps to keep you where you should be.

  • Gas is Petrol, generally 3 grades "Premium" 97 octane, Regular 91 Octane & E10 (synthetic fuel)

  • Diesel is generally available at every petrol station.

  • You do not pay for fuel with your card 1st - you fill and then pay inside

  • 4 way stops are nearly nonexistent in Australia - at a stop sign you stop for 3 seconds and when the traffic is clear you proceed. Give way signs have priority over stop signs, so if you are waiting at a stop, you wait till last.

  • Give way signs at intersections mean you do not need to stop unless there is oncoming traffic however you do need to "give way" to all other traffic.

  • There are no turns on red lights, unless sign posted otherwise.

  • There are no U-turns at traffic lights, unless sign posted otherwise

  • School zone are 40km (25 miles) per hour (and the Police are lethal). Generally there are red flashing signs during school hours. 8.00 - 9.30am & 2.30pm - 4.00pm, but check the sign post.

  • 50kph = 30mph, 60 = 35mph, 80 = 50mph, 100 = 60mph & 110 (our general top limit) = 70 mph

  • Roundabouts are very common, the general rule give way to traffic in the roundabout and indicate what you intend to do.

  • On single lane roads a broken line indicates you can overtake (with care), an unbroken line means you can't, no lines just be very careful.

Auto Stores -

  • In major towns there with be a number of auto stores, Repco, Supercheap, Autozone & Auto-One and small independent ones also.

  • Petrol Station (Gas) generally stock a supply of most emergency items for the average motorist.

  • Each state in Australia (6 States, 2 Territories) has a Automotive Association (AAA) - in NSW it is the NRMA and generally they work in association with each other (if only on a limited basis) in other states. It is advisable if you intend to do any extensive driving to join one of these associations to ensure you have some cover if you need assistance.

  • The legal driving limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.05%  - rule of thumb is 2 standard drinks in the first hour and then one every hour thereafter (but if you are smaller bodied then this is alot less). The police conduct random breath tests on the roads, so be careful and think about catching a cab or walking etc.



  • French Fries are French Fries, "Chips" are thick French Fries.

  • Crisps are also Chips

  • Ketchup is "Tomato Sauce"

  • Expect Beets on you Burger from a corner hamburger store (not chain stores) unless you ask otherwise and we call them "Beetroot"

  • A Burger with the "Lot" has Lettuce, Tomato, Beetroot, Beef patty, Fried onion, Bacon, Egg, Pineapple & Cheese!

  • Entree's are Starters, Mains are just that, the main meal. Dessert - well that is self explainable!

  • You will not receive soup or salad as a starter to your meal

  • Coffee will mostly be from an espresso machine, these days drip filter coffee is very uncommon in Australia. Tea will be served hot unless you ask otherwise and lemonade will be carbonated.

  • In motels, you will likely receive tea bags and instant coffee and a kettle (no drip filter machine)

  • Bacon is thicker and generally not as crisp.

  • The main supermarkets for groceries & fresh produce are Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA. Some smaller country corner stores will also hold a small range of some essentials but will be expensive.

  • Beer, wine and liquor are available for sale at either a liquor store or a hotel (pub) - they are not available in a supermarket or at a corner store.



There are lots of "Aussie Slang" words that it is good to understand and some "Rhyming Slang". We tend to shorten our words and phrases alot as well

  • Mate - good friend, Mates - a group of good friends.

  • G'Day - very short for Good Day to you, often in a crowd or a busy street, shortened to a very deliberate nod.

  • Howyagoin - How are you going or how would you be.

  • A typical sentence would be  "G'day mate, howyagoin"

  • Roo - Kangaroo

  • Skippy - Kangaroo

  • Kangaroo loose in the top paddock - someone who is a little mad.

  • Sandwich short of the picnic basket - someone who is also a little mad.

  • Bush - forest or desert, generally uninhabited area

  • Gone walk about - reference to the Aboriginal initiation ceremony surviving in the bush as a passage to manhood, but generally meaning you have no idea where they are?

  • Gone Bush - meaning you have no idea where they are?

  • Jo Blake - Snake, your chances of seeing them in the wild are slim, however they do sometimes sun themselves on the roads particularly during spring & autumn.

  • Shed - Shop, a man's shed is his castle and he who has the most toys wins!

  • Bonnet - hood of a car

  • Boot - trunk

  • Shifter - crescent wrench

  • Torch - flashlight

  • Wheel nut spanner - lug wrench

Contact Us

If you have any questions about any thing on our site please feel free to ring us and inquire. 

Email:             info@hccabaturst2019.com.au

Phone within Australia: 0422 219 911 
Phone Int:                        61 422219911

US cell:                            757 434 0056 please note the US cell is now active all year round, but there is a time difference so we may not answer when it is 2am in the morning !!


Mail Address:

PO Box 786

Mudgee     2850

New South Wales, Australia        


We hope you enjoy our site and look forward to seeing you next year.




Russell and Chris Holden.


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