Tour the amazing Wellington Caves, where prehistoric megafauna and a giant stalagmite were discovered. Enjoy a cool drink in the 1841-built Lion of Waterloo, a picnic in splendid gardens and bushwalking at Mount Arthur. Fishing at Lake Burrendong is also popular.
With spectacular caves, colonial heritage, tranquil gardens and a beautiful lake, Wellington is perfect for explorers and adventurers of all ages. At the junction of the meandering Macquarie and Bell rivers in the Great Western Plains region, the town is 45 minutes’ drive southeast of Dubbo.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options by Lake Burrendong and near the world-famous Wellington Caves, where megafauna fossils two million years’ old were found in 1830. The discovery attracted Charles Darwin’s attention and influenced his ideas on evolution.
Join a guided tour of the limestone caves and explore the fascinating underworld dating back hundreds of millions of years. You’ll see the Rock Altar, a giant stalagmite, in the Cathedral Cave, dazzling coral formations in Gaden Cave and explore an old phosphate mine. Just eight minutes’ drive south of the caves is Bell River Estate, where you can enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door.
In town, amble past colonial buildings to Lion of Waterloo, an 1841-built pub, and relax in pretty Cameron Park. Visit the Eris Fleming Gallery for striking outback art. Oxley Museum, named after explorer John Oxley, is open Monday to Friday. Check out the events calendar for festivals and fairs.
Just outside town are two stunning gardens, a nature reserve and Lake Burrendong, where the annual Lake Burrendong Fishing Classic is held. Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum is perfect for picnics. The gorgeous Wellington Osawano Japanese Gardens enchant with their seasonal colours and serenity. Mount Arthur Reserve is a spectacular spot for bushwalking, picnics and fantastic views.