Gliding capital of Australia
With ideal conditions for gliders, Narromine is Australia’s gliding capital. Sailplanes soar silently above the Great Western Plains on some of the world’s best thermals. At the aerodrome explore the Narromine Aviation Museum, where you’ll find vintage aircraft.
The skies above Narromine are perfect for gliding and attract glider pilots from around the world. At the Narromine Aerodrome you can experience the thrill of flying in a sailplane with an introductory flight or take lessons. Ultralight and aeroplane flights are available, too.
Just 35 minutes’ drive west of Dubbo, this charming rural town in the Great Western Plains region is rich with aviation history. Discover vintage aircraft and other aeronautical memorabilia at the Narromine Aviation Museum, which has the only flying replica of the 1907 Wright Flyer Model A.
The museum is at the aerodrome, home to Australia’s first regional flying club. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in Narromine, which is the birthplace of cricketing great Glenn McGrath. The former Australian Test fast bowler is honoured with a life-size bronze statue in Tom Perry Park.
Horseracing and picnics are part of country life. The annual Mungery Picnic Races, southwest of Narromine by the Bogan River, combines the two with a delightful day out. A short drive west of Narromine is Trangie, a small town by the Macquarie River with enchanting federation country pubs.
South of Narromine is the village of Tomingley, which has a long history of gold mining and the Cross Roads pub. It’s also the gateway to spectacular Caloma lookout in the Goobang National Park. There are camping sites in the park, home to wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and colourful birdlife.