Narromine has a rich aviation heritage. You can explore the intriguing history and heritage in the museum at the historic Narromine Aerodrome, Australia’s gliding capital. Sailplanes soar silently above the charming rural town by the Macquarie River, in the Great Western Plains region of NSW.
Some of the greats of aviation have visited the aerodrome, including aviators Nancy-Bird Walton and Charles Kingsford Smith and American flying ace and test pilot Chuck Yeager. Australia’s first regional flying club was started here in 1929 and air force pilots trained at the aerodrome in World War II.
You’ll be enthralled at the Narromine Aviation Museum, which has the first flyable replica of the 1907 Wright Flyer Model A. Vintage aircraft include a 1938 Corben Super Ace and a 1953 Hawkridge Venture glider. You’ll discover plenty more aeronautical artefacts and memorabilia in the museum.
The skies above Narromine are perfect for gliding. Sailplane pilots from far and wide are attracted to some of the world’s best thermal soaring. You can experience the thrill of a sailplane flight at the aerodrome with an introductory tandem flight. Ultralight and light aircraft flights are available, too.
Getting to Narromine is easy, with the drive west from Dubbo only 30 minutes. You’ll find pretty parks such as the riverside Rotary Park, a popular spot for picnics, kayaking and fishing. In Tom Perry Park is a life-size bronze statue of cricketing great Glenn McGrath, a fast bowler born in Narromine.
There are various accommodation options, as well as cafes, restaurants and classic country pubs. The lovely Iris Farm is a wonderful picnic spot in flowering season. Horseracing and picnics are part of country life, and the annual Mungery Picnic Races combine the two with a delightful day out.
In Trangie, northwest of Narromine, is one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Billy – and the fascinating Wungunja Cultural Centre. Explore the Aboriginal heritage and artefacts in the centre, such as carved ceremonial trees, and browse authentic Aboriginal art, boomerangs and didgeridoos.
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 the spectacular Caloma lookout in the Goobang National Park. There are camping sites in the park, home to wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and colourful birdlife.