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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BATHURST

Toposcope in Bathurst

   

The Toposcope is a heritage site commemorating the 1820 settlers and their descendants. It is located on a particularly scenic hill with many landscape views. Plaques reflecting the names and ships of the parties arriving in the Eastern Cape in 1820 appear around the Toposcope. The plaques create a compass direction indicating the location of the various settler parties. As a tourist attraction this monument and others in Bathurst are the lifeblood of tourism driven job creation in the area. 

Bradshaw's Mill

    

On the banks of the Bathurst River is perched the National Monument known as Bradshaw’s Mill. This mill was built by the British Settler, Samuel Bradshaw, in 1821, who intended to use it in the manufacture of blankets and kersey cloth.

In fact, Bathurst became the hub of the wool industry in the mid-1820’s as a result. The mill was burnt down by Xhosa warriors in 1835, but rebuilt and renovated just a year later.

Bradshaw’s was used as a grain mill until it became completely disused by the beginning of the 1900’s. Then, in 1964, it was bought by the Simon van der Stel Foundation, who restored it in 1981. Today, it is a beautiful reminder of this area’s roots and a fascinating element of the local heritage.

Pig and Whistel Hotel in Bathurst

  

The inn has been providing hospitality to locals and travellers alike for over 180 years. The Pig is a family run inn, and an atmosphere of heartfelt hospitality permeates the pub, accommodation and restaurant, as does a sense of the original 1820 settler history. The quaint Inn is also home to the oldest continuously licensed pub in the country.

The Big Pineapple in Bathurst

  

The Big Pineapple is, literally, the biggest man made pineapple in the world, located in Bathurst. The fiberglass shell and concrete structure stands 16.5m high, comprising 3 floors with a magnificent view from the top all the way to the coast In Port Alfred.

The surrounding area is mostly agricultural land known for its pineapple production. Farmers who settled in the area in the 18th century struggled to successfully grow crops until they began planting pineapples. So, naturally, locals decided to honor the fruit and the sweet earnings it brought by erecting a massive building in its shape. The Big Pineapple was constructed by members of Bathurst’s agricultural community in the 1980s.