Located about 50 kilometres south-east of Dubbo, Wellington is a quaint country town nestled in the foothills of the Mt Arthur Reserve. The second-oldest town west of the Blue Mountains, Wellington was named after the Duke of Wellington by John Oxley, who descended upon the valley in 1816.
The town has a diverse and interesting history with history buffs able to admire the architecture of buildings of a bygone era, while the Oxley Museum is home to many records from the past. Wellington also lays claim to being the home of the last known pistol duel which was fought in Australia. Only one shot was fired before the duel ended with nobody being injured.
Today, Wellington is a vibrant community that is proud of its friendly hospitality. It is also home to a surprising number of attractions and experiences that are sure to please all family members.
No visit to Wellington would be complete without a visit to the Wellington Caves Complex. Located about eight kilometres south of town, the complex consists of two spectacular showcaves – the Cathedral and Gaden – as well as the Phosphate Mine, a fully restored mine from the early 1900s.
Take a guided tour and discover the magic of these spaces, learn about megafauna – large marsupials which once roamed the earth – and see their bones and fossils today.
While at the caves, take the opportunity to wander the fossil trail, enjoy a snack or meal at the kiosk or take your own food and enjoy a barbecue on-site.
Fun on the Water
Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Catfish ... if all of these names leave you with the desire to take out your fishing lines and get to the water as soon as possible, then Wellington is the place to be.
With not just one but two rivers – the Bell and Macquarie - as well as the magnificent Lake Burrendong, Wellington is the ideal destination for all keen anglers.
A number of fishing holes can be found within the town boundaries and with two boat ramps in Wellington, you can set off and make your way up or down the rivers.
Lake Burrendong, located about 20km from town, is also a great spot to drop in a line and wait for the fish to bite. At capacity, the lake is three-and-a-half times the size of Sydney Harbour ensuring there are plenty of areas lure that big catch.
Water-skiing, biscuiting and canoeing are also other popular activites at Lake Burrendong.
Head back to nature
Wellington is abundant in natural beauty, from parks and gardens to the majestic Mt Arthur Reserve where you can enjoy bushwalking along one of the six marked trails.
Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, these walking trails are a great way to get back to nature and admire the beautiful trees and flowering plants. They also provide a fantastic opportunity to look for some native animals or do a spot of birdwatching.
Another great destination to spot native animals and plants is the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum.
Comprising of more than 160 hectares and overlooking Lake Burrendong, the arboretum contains about 50,000 native plants from approximately 2500 species, many of which are now classed as endangered.
A feature of the arboretum is Fern Gully – a once dry bush gully which has been transformed into a magical rainforest.
Alternatively, check out Cameron Park in the centre of town or the Wellington Japanese Gardens located opposite the caves complex. ‘
Wine and Art
While not well-known as being a wine region, Wellington is home to two local wineries – Bell River Estate and Glenfinlass Winery.
The wineries produce a range of table wines and fortified wines and offer a number of alternatives for that dinner accompaniment or gift.
Meanwhile, if you are after a different type of gift to take home, a drive to Eris Fleming’s Gallery is well worth the trip. The gallery contains an amazing collection of vibrant, original oil paintings by this well-known Australian artist.
After enjoying all of these experiences, fuel up with a delicious meal at one of Wellington’s great eateries. From scrumptious cakes to mouth-watering pastries, delicious pub meals and awesome steaks, you will not be left wanting from your trip to Wellington.
For more information on Wellington please phone the Wellington Visitor Information Centre on 1800 621 614 or go to www.visitwellington.com.au