Bathurst – Central West New South Wales
Bathurst is a regional city, located on the eastern side of the Central Tablelands district. It has a population of around 34,000 people and was established in 1814. Bathurst is home to a strong university community, with one of the major campuses of Charles Sturt University being located in the city. It is around two and half hours drive from the CBD of Sydney, travelling over the beautiful Blue Mountains, west along the Great Western Highway.
Bathurst is well known for being a city with a young population. It has a mean average age of 34 years, several years younger than the state average age of 36.4 years, and no doubt this contributes to the strong membership of Pollets Martial Arts Centre Bathurst.
The city of Bathurst is synonymous with Mt Panorama and of course, Peter Brock. Hosting one of the largest motor car racing events each October, the Bathurst 1000 draws in thousands and thousands of visitors to the city.
It was the hub of the richest NSW gold fields during the 1850’s gold rush which included the area’s of Ophir (near Orange), Hill End and Sofala. Bathurst itself was the site of the first gold discovered in the region.
With a well maintained, heritage focussed CBD with it’s well appointed shops and retail outlets makes it a lovely city to live in or visit. However, Bathurst was not always the peaceful place we find it as now. During the Gold Rush period it was the home of bushrangers, thieves and criminals. The notorious Ribbon Gang consisting of up to 80 escaped convicts roamed the area, and involved themselves in horse stealing, armed robbery and murder. They were eventually tracked down and captured by Mounted Police and soliders from the British Army. They were subsequently tried and hanged for their crimes.
You can still walk past the site of the largest public hanging in Bathurst, now known as Ribbon Gang Lane.
Pollets Martial Arts & Bathurst
Pollet’s Bathurst opened in May 2004 and recently celebrated their ten year anniversary. The largest of the full time studios, it boosts and area of over 1500m2, and includes professional facilities including an Olympic sized boxing ring, MMA cage, cardio and weights training area, crossfit section, two large professional training areas plus a kids play area that can be used while mums and dads train.