The great race on Mount Panorama repaid us in spades as we set off from Adelaide for Bathurst 1260km away. We met up and camped with the Nelson’s for a week at Tent Town a short distance away from the race venue itself. Our camp area consisted of some open fields a pub and clubrooms from the local St Pats team which became our showers – toilets and food canteen on the race days. It turned out to be a great decision – gave the van a work out on using a generator and finding limited water supplies but the quietness and bliss of the campsite and sharing with Tony and his family were the rewards.
Four and a bit days dedicated to hard-core racing was always going to be a challenge for Julie, she coped with and at times even seemed to enjoy. The street parade of the large trucks that transported the racing cars signaled to Bathurst that the mayhem was about to begin.
How do you do Bathurst for four consecutive season days – this worked for us
- Go up to the mountain early (Thursday) – avoiding the shabbiness that happens as the days unfold.
- A general day entry ticket does the job – if your cash strapped try the Ridges or the grandstands.
- Take a fold up chair and claim your spot early – especially on Saturday and Sunday.
- Take time to check out the car stores on track starting with Super Cheap Autos
- Get a couple of compulsory photos with the grid girls – part of the experience.
- Buy a paddock pass $45 – gets you into the pits and at close range. You see more another side of the racing teams.
- Take your own food and water – it’s easy to drive each day to the event and leave it in your car for a break to walk out and retrieve your goods.
- Don’t sit next to or in front of anyone with an umbrella.
- Go with friends makes the day and events more enjoyable
- Enjoy the other attractions at the mountain – Roulettes – F1 Jet – Virgin Flyover – Army Band and a number of super up backhoes – Utes – trucks motor bikes and cars that entertain in the quiet times.
Bathurst is an iconic event- I would rate it as one of our Top 5 Australian experiences of all time. Reasonably priced too – $150 for 4 complete days of entertainment – it’s. Good value. It’s about people many Holden many Ford supporters – it’s about motor sport as well but people including the locals were friendly – thousands of people enjoying life.
By the way the race happened to be a real ripper – one for the times.
Bathurst Just Do It.