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Bathurst is a 1000km touring car race held annually at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The race began in 1960 and ever since has been known amongst fans as “The Great Race.” Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian Motorsport. Since 1999 the race has been run exclusively for V8 Supercars and is the most watched race in the V8 Supercar Championship Series. Bathurst Race winners receive the Peter Brock Trophy which was introduced at the 2006 race in honour of deceased nine-time Bathurst winner Peter Brock, the most successful driver in the history of the race. The 2014 edition of The Great Race was as exciting as it gets with racing being suspended during lap 61 by a cracked track surface at turn 2 – the first time in history. The track wasn’t thing only thing suffering, there were plenty of dramatic crashes and Jamie Whincup who spectacularly ran out of fuel in sight of the finish line (see the video tab). Paul Morris and Chaz Mostert racing for Ford took out the title of 2014 Bathurst Champions. Bathurst is Australia’s third most attended sporting event and the fourth most watched. If you haven’t been, or your heading back to Mount Panorama… it’s time to come with us. Our 2015 Packages are coming soon, it’s time to Register your interest.
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2015 Bathurst 1000 packages are coming soon. Register your interest and you’ll be notified by email when they are first available. Secure your spot by being Registered. Our 4 – 5 night customisable packages will feature excellent hotels, transfers, meals, merchandise and ‘to be announced’ extra inclusions.
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2014 Bathurst Packages
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Governor Macquarie Package
5 Night Package
The Governor Macquarie motor-inn is only 2 minutes from the centre of Bathurst. It’s a quiet and comfortable inn with all the amenities and facilities you could possibly need.
- Salt water pool
- Free Internet & WiFi
- Bar and Restaurant
- Guest Laundry
- Foxtel – 10 Channels
- Air-Conditioning in all rooms
- Ironing in rooms
- Tea/Coffee making facilities in rooms
- Toasters in rooms
All listed prices are per person The prices vary depending on which room types you choose and how many guests you are travelling with.
Standard Double (1 Double Bed)
Extra nights $109
Single Occupancy $2798
Extra nights $218
Deluxe Queen ( 1 Queen Bed and 1 Rollaway)
Double or Twin $1879
Extra nights $135
Triple share $1398
Extra nights $89
Deluxe Twin (1 Queen, 1 Single and 1 Rollaway)
Double or Twin per person $2298
Extra nights $162
Triple per person $1698
Extra nights $109
Quad per person $1398
Extra nights $79
Executive Suite (1 King and 1 Double Sofa-Bed)
Triple per person $1798
Extra nights $135
Quad per person $1498
Extra Nights $99
The Heritage Package
5 Night Package
- 5 nights accommodation at the The Heritage (Wednesday,8th – Monday, 13th of October)
- Buffet breakfast daily (Continental for Motel guests only)
- General Admission Tickets: Thursday – Sunday + Paddock Pass
- Events Worldwide Travel Official Ticket Holder and Lanyard
- Events Worldwide Travel Back Pack, Cap and Water Bottle
- All Ticket Handling, GST and fees included
- Pre Race Cocktail Hour on Saturday Night (complimentary premium beverages)
- NO CREDIT-CARD FEES
The Heritage Motor Inn & Cottages is located in Steart Street on the main Western Highway through Bathurst. This is a 4 star rated Motel with flat screen TV’s and modern furnishings. In addition to the twin bedded rooms, we have two of the three Self Contained Cottages located in Howick Street just around the corner – these are a rare treat in Bathurst. The Cottages have full kitchens, dining and lounge facilities.
- Complimentary RSL Drink Vouchers (5 min walk)
- Electric Blankets
- Breakfast Roo
- Guest Laundry
- Austar Satellite TV (Foxtel)
- Air-conditioning in all rooms
- Ironing in rooms
- Tea and Coffee in rooms
All listed prices are per person The prices vary depending on which room types you choose and how many guests you are travelling with. Extra nights on request.
Standard Twin (2 Single Beds)
Single Occupancy $2798
One Bedroom Cottage + Study (1 Queen & 1 Single Sofa-Bed)
Triple share $1899
Two Bedroom Cottage (1 King & 2 Singles)
Quad per person $1899
The Lithgow Tour
4 Night Tour
16.00 Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (QANTAS Terminal) 18.00 Arrive Lithgow, Zig Zag Motel, check-in 19.00 A three course dinner is served
07.00 Buffet Breakfast is served 08.00 Depart Lithgow for Mount Panorama 09.00 Arrival at Bathurst for practice and qualifying sessions 17.00 Depart Bathurst 18.00 Arrival at Zig Zag Motel 19.00 A three course dinner is served
07.00 Buffet Breakfast is served
08.00 Depart for Mount Panorama
09.00 Arrival at Mount Panorama for practice (10.00) and Top Ten shootout (17.00)
18.30 Depart Mount Panorama
19.30 Arrival at Zig Zag Motel
20.00 A three course dinner is served
06.00 Express Buffet Breakfast is served
06.30 Depart for Mount Panorama with a Lunchbox today
07.15 Arrival at Mount Panorama for warm up (07.25)
09.10 Pre race Entertainment
10.30 The Great Race start
18.00 Coach departs for Lithgow
19.00 Stop in Lithgow for take-away dinner options
20.00 Arrival at the Zig Zag Motel
08.00 Buffet Breakfast is served
09.00 Depart Motel
11.30 Arrival Sydney Airport Domestic for flights from
Twin/Double per person $1498
Triple Share per person $1398
Single Occupancy $1998
See extra event rates for Upgrade options (GA Ticket included) ALL packages also include: Fold out travel Back Pack, Water Bottle EWT V8 Supercars Cap and a General Admission Event Ticket Itinerary above based on 2013 tour and timings may change depending on the V8 Supercars schedule at Mount Panorama.
Zig Zag Motel
All the rooms have a double bed and a single bed for triple or twin share and;
- Electric blankets
- LCD Television with Cable TV
- In room DVD players
- High speed Internet
- Tea & Coffee
- Ironing boards and irons
- Guest laundry
- Room service
The Zig Zag Motel is a single story complex set amid an acre of manicured gardens. With a 4 star rating , the Zig Zag Motel features 50 ground floor deluxe and standard rooms. Facilities include a solar heated pool, fully licensed restaurant, room service and dedicated conference centre.
- The track: Mount Panorama, Bathurst is 6.213 km long and drivers complete 170 laps
- Average speed: 178 km/h
- Fuel used during race: 4.6 litres per lap (almost 800 litres for the race) 75L/100
- Top speed: 298 km/h down Conrod straight
- Fastest lap: Jenson Button in a McLaren Formula One car. Ignoring that demonstration run, Craig Lowndes during practice in 2010: 2 minutes, 6.8012 seconds and in qualifying, Greg Murphy in 2003: 2 minutes, 6.8594 seconds
- Most wins by a manufacturer: Overall Holden 27, Ford 19
- Tyres: At least 928 tyres will be used over the weekend. Each car is allowed four sets of tyres for the weekend (32 tyres in total)
- The youngest winner was Cameron Waters (17 years 67 days) on race day. Breaks previous record by 8 days, Paul Dumbrell 1999
- Weight lost during the race for drivers average sweat losses resulting in a 3 per cent loss of body weight
- Alcohol limit One case per person per day of beer; 24 cans of regular beer or 36 cans light/mid strength beer. 24 cans mixed drinks per person per day. 4 litres of wine per person per day
- Number of police patrolling Bathurst during race weekend: More than 260
- Arrests in 2010: 56 arrests, 1122 traffic notices issued & 13,500 random breath tests carried out
Read about each corner and straight below to touch up on the history surrounding Australia’s Great Race.
Located at the base of the Mount, what makes Pit Straight interesting is that the finish line is not the same as the start line. This is because if they were the same spot on the Straight, the race would be 1000.293 kms, not the famous 1000. It also allows fewer cars to line up around a corner before the green light.
So named because of the crashes it’s seen, Hell corner is the first of 23 bends along the track. It is believed there once was a tree stump at the corner, before the days of barricades, and that motorbike riders who dropped their bikes on the corner would be fatally injured and on his way to Hell.
A scenic, yet tremendously fast way to ascend the Mountain, Mountain Straight allows cars to reach speeds of up to 250km/h. Mountain Straight is 1.111kms long.
Named after the Mayor of Bathurst who opened the track to racing in 1938, Girffins bend has claimed many an eager driver screaming off Mountain Straight. This corner provides a negatively-cambered road which tests drivers to their limits.
The Cutting gets its name from the obvious: the track is cut into the rock of the mountain. It provides drivers with a 1:6 gradient exit at the top, and is one of the tightest corners on the track. Overtaking is virtually impossible here, though that doesn’t stop drivers from trying. It is very hard to recover from spins due to the gradient and closeness of the walls.
Reid Park / Sulman Park / McPhillamy Park
The track between The Cutting and Skyline are referred to for the parks that surround them. This is where the die-hards camp for the week leading up to the Great Race, and even with the sounds of the cars, it is said their cheers and jeers can be heard by the drivers.
Sulman Park has the highest point of the track, topping out at 862m above sea level. Sulman merges to McPhillamy, which is the site of the long-stay camping ground, seeing fans hunker down for over a week before the on-track events begin.
Providing breath-taking views over the Bathurst Region, Skyline ends with a steep right hand corner signifying the decent of the Mountain. After the news of Peter Perfect’s death, fans flocked to leave messages of support and pride from a man who’s racing career touch the hearts of many on the very walls of the track. Those messages can be seen here.
So named for its ‘S’ shapes, the Esses provide a unique experience for drivers descending the Mountain. Accidents here force drivers into quick thinking as the line of sight coming off Skyline is slim to none. Drivers rely on instinct to master the curves coming down the Mount.
The third sharp corner in the Esses is the Dipper, aptly named as it literally dips off on the track. It is a steep, sharp left-hand turn. Prior to the construction of safety barriers, drivers would rely on all their skills to not only stay on the racing line, but the track itself after coming off the Dipper.
Named after Jack Forrest, a motorcycle racer who scraped his elbow away after dropping his bike on the corner, it is a sharp left-hand turn that leads on to the high-speed straight on Con-rod.
Conrod straight is the fastest section of the Mount Panorama track, with V8 Supercars touching the magical 300km/h limit. The straight is a considerable descent with a hump in the middle before again dropping down and entering the Chase. It was on Conrod Straight that a number of deaths have occurred; all caused from the excessive speed the straight produces. This part of the track was originally called Main Straight, though later renamed Conrod after a conrod failure that occurred in a driver’s car, causing them to retire from the race.
Added in 1987, the Chase was added in preparation for the World Touring Car Championship to adhere to FIA rules. The length of Conrod Straight exceeded the maximum length allowed on a WTCC track, and therefore was built to standard. The Chase breaks up Conrod straight and incidentally created the fastest right hand bend in Australia.
Murray’s Corner is the final corner of a lap at Mount Panorama before crossing the finished line (interestingly not the start line). It is a right-angled left-hand turn onto Pit Straight.
Information courtesy of Mount Panorama