big-pineappleNot only is Bathurst the home of the “Largest Pineapple” in the world, it has earned itself the title of “Heart of Art on the Sunshine Coast”. Many well-known artists have made Bathurst their home and you can meet them, see their work and buy if you like.

The hamlet of Bathurst is only 15km from Port Alfred. Here you’ll be greeted by the giant Pineapple which stands 16.7m high  and well worth a visit. This is only one of the many things to do in Bathurst.

From your Kasouga accommodation you can get to Bathurst via Port Alfred, about a 40 minute drive on tar roads, or take a leisurely drive through the country side with amazing scenery which will take about one and a half to two hours on farm roads.

Bathurst Pubs and Restaurants

The Summerhill Protea Hotel is on the same entrance as the big pineapple, with a restaurant known for its generous portions.

The Pig & Whistle Hotel is probably more famous and well known than Bathurst. It has one of the longest running liquor licenses in South Africa and the pub and restaurant form the heart of entertainment in Bathurst.

Other well known eateries and bars are: Bathurst Arms, Rhythm Action Bar and Pick Wicks Pizzas.

Bathurst Art

Renowned potter, Richard Pullen’s Earth Art studio is open to visitors who can watch him at work.

Wiles Art Gallery displays magnificent paintings from this artist.

The visitor will find many more treasures in the little shops and houses. From hand-dyed fabrics to Pat’s Tir-na-Nog Fairies.

History and Architecture

pig-and-whistle-pubThe Bathurst Agricultural Museum sports artifacts and agricultural implements dating from 1820 onwards. Many of their tractors, implements and engines have been restored to working condition.

Bathurst is steeped in 1820 Settler history and some of the oldest buildings such as Bradshaw’s Mill (1821), Wesleyan Chapel (1832), St John’s Anglican Church (1834) and off-course the Pig & Whistle (Hartley’s Inn 1831) played an important part in this history.

Other Things To Do in Bathurst

The Bathurst Agricultural Show is one of the largest truly agricultural shows remaining in South Africa and takes place every year just before Easter. Visit their website for more information at http://www.bathurstshow.co.za .

The annual Bathurst Ox-Braai has been running for more than 20 years and has become an institution as a reunion for scholars and students from this area. It takes place every year just before New Year.

The Sunday Farmers Market in Bathurst has a regular following and customers come from far and wide to get fresh veggies, bread, preserves, etc.

The whole family will find something to do and of interest in Bathurst, just walk around and browse, meet with the local friendly folk… who always have time for a chat…