Adding a fossil or two to the festive season

COMING TO STAY: Wingham locals Ashley Barlin, Kristy Evans and their daughter Isobell Barlin, 2, have been among bumper crowds boosting Bathurst’s economy over the festive period. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 123014cvisitorsFOR some people, the festive period is all about family. For others, it is the perfect time to get out and explore the Bathurst region.

Wingham locals Kristy Evans, Ashley Barlin and their daughter Isobell Barlin, 2, are among many visitors in Bathurst for a holiday.

They arrived in town yesterday and will spend the next four days soaking up the city’s history, race memorabilia and eateries.

“We’ve already seen the Fossil Museum,” Ms Evans said.

“We’re using this as a base to look around,” Mr Barlin said.

They stopped in at Trundle on their way to Bathurst, and will also visit Hill End.

The couple are particularly interested insoaking up a little of the local history and kicked off their thirst for knowledge yesterday at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.

Just under 4000 people have walked through the centre’s doors this month, and many others have phoned in for information on the Bathurst region, tourism manager Felicity Baines said.

Top of the list for inquiries is fruit picking, the city’s history and, of course, Mount Panorama.

“We always suggest two laps [of the circuit] – one to experience it, the next lap to experience all the tourism aspects and the beautiful views,” Ms Baines said.

Ms Baines said there have been many families and couples coming into the centre looking to find out about Bathurst.

“The families have been looking for activities they can do, whereas the couples are looking at the ‘wandering’ things,” she said.

“It’s all about the experience; they want to be able to talk to the locals about what’s around them rather than be talked at on a tour.”

While the festive season is traditionally quiet for visitor centres, Ms Baines said they have had a bumper time recently.

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