Dubbo Area and the Great Western Plains
For unforgettable experiences, the Great Western Plains is breathtaking in its wonder. This diverse region in Country NSW is between the Great Dividing Range and the outback. At the heart of this beautiful region in the Macquarie Valley is Dubbo, which is five hours’ drive northwest of Sydney.
You can also take a train or fly to this vibrant regional city, an excellent base for family adventures and home to the open-range
You’ll be delighted with the many other things to do, including exploring colonial and Aboriginal heritage, bushwalking in the Warrumbungles, kayaking with Adventure Watersports on the Macquarie River, wine tasting, and stargazing at brilliant night skies. Places to stay suit various budgets and check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and markets.
In Dubbo, enjoy a picnic at the tranquil Shoyoen Garden in the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden, take a guided tour of the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol and visit Western Plains Cultural Centre, a museum and a gallery. You can gaze at the stars at Dubbo Observatory. Explore indigenous cultural heritage at Terramungamine Rock Grooves and with the Aboriginal-led First Lesson Cultural Tours.
Farther afield are charming historical towns, prehistoric fossil sites, aerial adventures and national park wilderness. In Wellington, southeast of Dubbo, enjoy a drink at the Lion of Waterloo Tavern, built in 1841, and visit the Oxley Museum, named after the early colonial explorer John Oxley.
At the Wellington Caves megafauna fossils two million years’ old were found in 1830, attracting Charles Darwin’s attention. Replica fossils are at the site now to preserve the originals. Join a tour of the caves and phosphate mine and learn more about this important scientific discovery.
West of Dubbo is Narromine, home to the Narromine Aviation Museum where you can experience the thrill of tandem glider and ultralight flights. North of Dubbo is Gilgandra, where you’ll find pioneering history at the Gilgandra Rural Museum. A scenic drive northeast is iconic Warrumbungle National Park and , which offers a 90-minute astronomy show.