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Bathurst is situated on the fringes of both the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, a scenic half hour drive on the R67 from Grahamstown or 10 minutes from Port Alfred, half way between Port Elizabeth and East London on the R72.
Bathurst is a mere 10 minutes from Port Alfred, with it’s glorious beaches, restaurants, shops, the renowned Royal Alfred Golf Course and water sport orientated activities. Close by is the Fish River Sun with it’s Golf Course designed by Gary Player. It is in close proximity to malaria free game parks and reserves.
Seeped in the history of the Eastern Cape’s tumultuous past and personifying the essence of the brave and hardy English Settlers which while giving it a distinctly English rural feeling, it’s beautiful indigenous trees such as the giant wild fig trees and the brilliantly coloured Coral trees which predominate remind one that this is still Africa.
Oldest unaltered Anglican church in South Africa. A sanctuary in the Frontier Wars of 1834, 1846 and 1851 for hundreds of Settlers. 1st service held on the 1st January 1838. Look for the “church mouse” on the west wall!!
On Battery Hill, north of the village a small military post with an earthen work redoubt was built in 1821 and thought to be the oldest building in Bathurst, the most enduring part being the powder magazine which could store 600 lbs of Gunpowder, 7,000 rounds of ball cartridge and six guns!
It stands 16.7m high and has 3 floors. It is constructed out of a fibreglass outer skin covering a steel and concrete superstructure.
The ground floor has a gift shop full of pineapple goodies such as jams and chutneys, locally made pottery and puzzles as well as t-shirts and hats to name but a few of the items for sale ideal for overseas and local tourists looking for that small gift to take home!
The 1st floor has tourist information and static displays of the Pineapple Story. A must visit for kids doing school projects
The 2nd floor has a continuous DVD on the Eastern Cape pineapple industry and leads up to the observation deck with magnificent 360°views over rolling farm lands to the Indian Ocean
You will find us on the outskirts of Bathurst just off the R67, only 15km from Port Alfred
Open Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm (Winter until 4pm)
Tel: +27(0)46 625 0515 E-mail: email@example.com
The Bathurst Toposcope marks the spot where the 1820 British Settlers locations were surveyed. The details of the settlements, and the names of the ships and their ports of departure are recorded on 57 plaques – originally brass. However they were stolen, and later replaced with plaques made of fibreglass. The inscription on the plinth reads ” Close to this site in 1820 Colonel Jacob Cuyler made his camp while supervising the placing of the settlers on their locations. While camped here at the same time Sir Rufane Donkin chose the site for the administrative centre to be named Bathurst. The beacon was erected by Captain W. Bailey as an observing station during his survey of the Eastern Districts, 1855 – 1859.” The stones used in the construction of the wall were taken from ruins of original Settler homes. On a clear day, visitors to the area are provided with magnificent views of the Gamtoos Valley floodplain from The Great Fish River to Kwaaihoek.
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