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Welcome to the Great Western Plains.

Filling the central region of the state, the Great Western Plains strikes the perfect balance between blissful relaxation, heart pumping adrenaline and everything else in between.

Great big adventures begin in Dubbo and the Great Western Plains. Dubbo’s anchor location and network of transport links makes it the perfect base from which to explore some of the most unique destinations Australia has to offer.

Delight in extraordinary experiences / Find that incredible place where freedom runs wild. Choose to disconnect your electronics and re-connect with those nearest and dearest to you. Take time to travel through the untouched allure of regional NSW.

Explore immense natural landscapes /
Walk, ride, run or row – take to the great outdoors and wander the road less travelled. Fly amongst the clouds, explore extensive marshes and mountain ranges or camp under a sky blanketed in stars, take home memories to last a lifetime.

Uncover vast history, heritage and culture /
Tread in the footsteps of those who walked the plains millennia ago. The story of this region is rich and vibrant, woven with a tapestry of Aboriginal heritage and colonial history.

Catch tremendous and unusual events /
Become a local for a day or two and enjoy unforgettable celebrations. From high energy rodeos and classic country shows, to aviation antics and celebrations of star filled skies – the region’s events calendar is sure to entertain.

Whatever adventure you’re chasing, you will find it in the Great Western Plains!

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Dubbo Narromine Gilgandra Warren Coonamble Coonabarabran Wellington
Dubbo - 30 min 40 min 75 min 110 min 110 min 30 min
Narromine 30 min - 60 min 50 min 120 min 120 min 60 min
Gilgandra 40 min 60 min - 50 min 60 min 60 min 75 min
Warren 75 min 50 min 50 min - 60 min 120 min 120 min
Coonamble 110 min 120 min 60 min 60 min - 80 min 145 min
Coonabarabran 110 min 120 min 60 min 120 min 80 min - 150 min
Wellington 30 min 60 min 75 min 120 min 145 min 150 min -

Coonamble

From the Mountains to the Marshes, discover all there is to see and do in the Coonamble Shire! Immerse yourself in the natural wonders, arts and culture, country hospitality and exciting events the region has to offer.

Top 5 things to see and do

Museum Under The Bridge / Why not take a step back in time and visit the Museum Under the Bridge. Built in 1886, the former police barracks still retains the original brick horse stables, stalls and feeding boxes – one of only two left in NSW. Explore the museum’s displays, old photographs and wares that tell the tales of an era gone by.
(02) 6822 2873 | Aberford Street, Coonamble

Outback Arts Creative Arts Centre / Outback Arts is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development organisation working with individuals, community and government to generate, promote and advocate for the arts. They also operate a gallery and creative arts centre that hosts a full exhibition program, locally made wares, permanent collections, workshops and events.
(02) 6822 2484 | Castlereagh Street, Coonamble

Coonamble’s Water Tower Mural / Coonamble’s 26m water tower located in the sportsground has been transformed into an artwork by Lightning Ridge artist John Murray, Bob Barret and local Coonamble resident and Aboriginal painter Sooty Welsh.
(02) 6827 1923 | Castlereagh Highway, Coonamble

Gulargambone Art Attractions / A series of community arts projects have transformed this town into a quirky and interesting destination, including various sculptures, a street art trail and a series of artist installations on the colourful main street.
(02) 6827 1923 | gulargambone.com.au

Nickname Hall of Fame / The only one of its kind in Australia celebrating names referring to personality and appearance. This is an outdoor walking exhibition which takes you on a tour of the central business district where you’ll find hilarious caricatures, complete with stories and associated nicknames.
(02) 6827 1923 | Castlereagh Street, Coonamble

Top 5 events

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft / The largest combined rodeo and camp-draft in the Southern Hemisphere! Don’t miss this three day celebration of wild riding action, art exhibitions and live music.
June long weekend | coonamblerodeoandcampdraft.com.au

Coonamble Greyhound Carnival / One of the biggest country racing carnivals in NSW, see country greyhound racing at its very best. Many participants travel great lengths each year to attend the long running carnival.
October long weekend | visitcoonamble.com.au

Coonamble Gold Cup / Enjoy this country race meeting set next to the rolling greens of the golf course on the edge of Coonamble. The race program is accompanied by Fashions on the Field, kids’ activities, bar, catering and betting facilities.
October | visitcoonamble.com.au

Macquarie Marshes Discovery Weekend / A rare opportunity to experience this internationally recognised wetland, with a guided walk and expert insights and stories.
October long weekend | nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/macquarie-marshes-nature-reserve

Outback Archies Exhibition / Outback Arts’ annual art prize and exhibition celebrating the colour, creativity and spirit of the Far West.
September/October | visitcoonamble.com.au

Coonamble Visitor Information Centre
84 Castlereagh Street, Coonamble
(02) 6827 1923 | visitcoonamble.com.au

Gilgandra

Relish country and rural lifestyle at its best! The Gilgandra Region is alive with history, art, culture and local giftware.

Top 5 things to see and do

Coo-ee Heritage Centre, Gilgandra Rural Museum and the Windmill Walk / Follow in the footsteps of the famous 1915 Coo-ee March, or delight in some local Aboriginal culture, produce or art at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre. Embark on a journey into Australia’s past through the Gilgandra Rural Museum’s collection of inventions and memorabilia. Or relax and re-invigorate with an easy stroll down Windmill Walk along the banks of the Castlereagh River.
(02) 6817 8700 | Coo-ee March Memorial Park, Newell Highway, Gilgandra

Gilgandra CBD / Enjoy a charming selection of eateries, retail stores and sightseeing right in the CBD of Gilgandra. Wander amongst 1930s buildings, street art murals and stop by the bronze Coo-ee sculpture. You will find that the heart of Gilgandra is soaked in military history, art, culture and a relaxed way of life.
(02) 6817 8700 | Miller Street, Gilgandra

Tourist Route 1: Tooraweenah / This tranquil rural village is the southern gateway to Warrumbungle National Park. With most of its early 20th century buildings preserved and all of its country charm, Tooraweenah is the perfect place to relax before you continue on to the National Park. Don’t miss a stop along Tourist Route 1 at Macanbar Emu Farm to meet the big birds up close and hear their incredible drumming call. You can even pick up a unique emu product from the on-site shop. Open daily from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
John Renshaw Parkway, Tooraweenah

Caravanning and Camping / Gilgandra is an ever popular stop on the Newell, whether you are caravanning, camping or looking for a place to rest your head. Stretch your legs and have a BBQ at Hunter Park or let the dog off the leash at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre. Gilgandra has an easily accessible dump point in the Gilgandra CBD caravan parking area.
(02) 6817 8700 | Miller Street, Gilgandra

Country Pubs / Relax, dine in or stay at one of the Country pubs in the Gilgandra Region:
Armatree Hotel – winner of the Best Bush Pub award in 2018
Mountain View Hotel – nestled at the foothills of the Warrumbungles in Tooraweenah
Visit the Gilgandra locals – The Royal, Railway and Tatts Hotels

Top 5 events

Gilgandra Speedway / High octane excitement at the Gilgandra Speedway! Family fun filled and action packed racing events, 5km from Gilgandra. Events run monthly from November to May.
Monthly | facebook.com/gil.speedway

Gilgandra Show / Held in May, this is a fantastic family day out, with displays, demonstrations, rodeo, jumping dogs, speed shear and kids activities.
May | gilgandrashow.com

Gilgandra CWA Market Day / Get a taste of the local food and produce or take home a piece of unique local craft at our monthly markets.
First Saturday of the month | Gilgandra Community Plaza, Miller Street, Gilgandra

Tooraweenah Show / Held each October, you will find the pavilion, rodeo, horse events, speed shear, kids activities and much more!
October | facebook.com/TooraweenahShow

Gilgandra Races / Join our community for the perfect family outing at one of the popular race meetings held throughout the year. With the New Year racing carnival one you won’t want to miss!
January, February, August and December | facebook.com/gilgandrajockeyclub

Gilgandra Visitor Information Centre
Gilgandra Coo-ee Heritage Centre, Coo-ee Memorial Park, Newell Highway
(02) 6817 8700 | gilgandra.nsw.gov.au/enjoy

Narromine

The Narromine Region including Narromine, Trangie and Tomingley is renowned for its agricultural diversity paired with excellent tourist attractions and is the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the delights of country New South Wales.

Top 5 things to see and do

Narromine / Experience country hospitality and enjoy a great range of local shopping experiences. Take some time out for a bite to eat at our local bakery, one of our cafes and restaurants or to catch a glimpse of the Glenn McGrath AM statue in Tom Perry Park. The Narromine Wetlands is a must see, home to an abundance of birds, frogs and other wetland inhabitants.
(02) 6889 7131 | narromineregion.com.au

Wungunja Cultural Centre / Explore the local Wiradjuri culture and traditions through the collection of artefacts on display, including very rare carved trees found on local properties. The Centre is home to records of Aboriginal families that once lived on the Macquarie, Bogan and Lachlan Rivers and is a popular outlet for local artists to showcase and sell a variety of painted items including boomerangs, goodwill stones, vases and didgeridoos.
0427 887 476 | Visitors Information Centre, 81 Dandaloo Street, Trangie

Trangie / Home to the ‘Big Billy’, a refurbished 1918 Garford Fire Engine and war memorabilia, Trangie provides a great stopover with ample facilities for all visitors. Once a stopover for the Cobb & Co coaches, and with the old staging post still in town, Trangie is steeping in rich Cobb & Co history. The local caravan park offers a number of farm tour opportunities including a tour of our local Cotton Gin.
(02) 6888 7511 | narromineregion.com.au

Narromine Aviation Museum / Experience nearly a century of aviation history in Australia’s oldest regional aero club’s collection of photographs, records, artefacts and aircraft. Hailing back to the days of ‘barnstormers’, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Jean Batten and Arthur Butler, through wartime and to today.
(02) 6889 7131 | Visitors Information Centre, Narromine Aerodrome, Mitchell Highway, Narromine

Narromine Iris Farm, Narromine / Mel and Vas Roberts have transformed the old bull yards into a the perfect Spring destination with acres of tall bearded iris, gardens and lawn, as well as the newly added display of rocks, minerals, corals, shells, New Guinea artefacts and old wares.
(02) 6889 1885 | Villa Nova, 471 Tomingley Road, Narromine

Top 5 events

Pink Pigeon Festival / The annual Pink Pigeon Festival includes a golf tournament, twilight bowls, a market day, charity sheep sale and a homing pigeon race. All funds raised are donated to the McGrath Foundation.
December and January | narromine.nsw.gov.au

Narromine and District Agricultural Show / One of the finest two day shows in Western NSW, featuring exciting showjumping and horse events, rides for all ages, an impressive fireworks display and a demolition derby.
August | narromineshow.com

Mungery Picnic Races / Set on the banks of the Bogan River with one of the few dirt racing tracks still left on the NSW country picnics racing scene, Mungery’s bush atmosphere will be sure to keep racing enthusiasts entertained all weekend.
October long weekend | facebook.com/MungeryPicnicRaces

Ausfly - All Aviators Under One Sky / An assortment of seminars, exhibitions and trade displays for air enthusiasts of all levels at the Narromine Aerodrome. Underwing camping and accommodation adjacent to the Aerodrome is available.
October | ausfly.com.au

Macquarie Picnic Races / Join us in the small community of Trangie when the population swells from 1,000 to 3,000 as locals welcome visitors from all over the nation to one of Australia’s premier picnic race events.
December | facebook.com/macquariepicnicraces

Narromine Visitor Information Centre
Narromine Aerodrome, Mitchell Highway, Narromine
(02) 6889 7131 | narromineregion.com.au

Warren

To catch a spot of bird watching away from the hustle and bustle, head to Warren and soak up the country hospitality. Warren is a place to get away from it all, without getting far away at all!

Top 5 things to see and do

Bird Watching at the Macquarie Marshes / Take a scenic drive to the marshes. Experience this unique ecosystem and its abundance of flora and fauna. National Parks and Wildlife Service offer tours by prior arrangement only on (02) 6843 4011. Riversmart offers day trips each year in spring on 1800 748 379. Guides share the history of the local Indigenous people, early explorers, the river system and more.
(02) 6843 4011 | Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve, The Marra

Window on the Wetlands Centre / Relax with a coffee and snack from the kiosk while you enjoy the art gallery and information on the Region’s environment, culture and heritage. Explore the Tiger Bay Wetlands and immerse yourself in the landscape along the walking trails.
(02) 6847 3720 | Oxley Highway, Warren

Aboriginal Heritage at the Beemunnel / The Beemunnel is a significant cultural site. Walk the interpretation trail and learn about where local Aboriginal families lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
(02) 6847 6665 | 1.5km past the Window on the Wetlands Centre, Oxley Highway, Warren

Wine Tasting / Taste authentic wines of the Warren Region and enjoy a delightful stroll through the boutique vineyard. Make an appointment to visit Tilley’s Wines along the banks of the Macquarie River.
0419 248 690 | Darbalara, Warren

Country Pubs / Break up your journey with a stop at Nevertire or Collie Hotels for a refreshing drink, delicious meal and some quality country hospitality.
(02) 6847 6234 | Mitchell Highway, Nevertire
(02) 6847 9119 | Oxley Highway, Collie

Top 5 events

Warren Christmas Street Party / Enjoy a great evening out with dance performances, Christmas choir, band, market stalls, bar facilities and much much more!
December | warren.nsw.gov.au

Twilight Race Meeting / Thousands travel to Warren annually for this much anticipated event. Enjoy the laid back magic of country racing and the pre-Christmas excitement during this Friday evening race meeting.
December | warrenjockeyclub.com

Warren Show / The Show is the perfect family fun day, with sheep shearing, dog jumping, art exhibition, fireworks to sideshow alley and more. You are sure to find something for everyone amongst the array of events and exhibits.
June | warrenshow.com.au

Warren Polocrosse Carnival / Experience the speed of polo, the strategy of netball and the toughness of rugby all wrapped up in the one sport of Polocrosse. The carnival day offers an entertaining experience for the whole family.
July/August | warren.nsw.gov.au

Nevertire Rodeo / Fast and furious. Come and enjoy the non-stop action at Nevertire Rodeo. The perfect day out for all ages.
September | warren.nsw.gov.au

Warren Visitor Information Centre
6 Burton Street, Warren
(02) 6847 6665 | warren.nsw.gov.au/discover/visitor-guide

Warrumbungles

Enjoy endless skies in the star gazing capital of Australia by night , and the breathtaking National Park landscapes of the Warrumbungles Region by day.

Top 5 things to see and do

Siding Spring Observatory and Private Night Sky Observatories / Visit the Exploratory Centre and the AAT – Australia’s largest optical telescope, for the total astronomy immersion. Learn about Dark Energy, the nature of Space Time and the importance of a Dark Sky, or pick up a treat at the Dome Cafe and gift shop. Don’t miss Starfest on the October long weekend each year.
(02) 6842 6363 | Observatory Road, Coonabarabran

Warrumbungle National Park / Explore Australia’s first Dark Sky Park! Take a gentle walk along easy access trails or hike the mapped walking tracks – like the majestic Breadknife, rated one of Australia’s Top 10 Walks. Camping with powered sites is available, with hot showers and a dump point.
(02) 6825 4364 | John Renshaw Parkway, Coonabarabran

Pilliga Pottery and Barkala Farm / Visit Pilliga Pottery and watch artisans at work creating unique terracotta pottery with stained glass effects featuring Australian wildflowers and fauna. Try your hand at pottery under the guidance of talented artists. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Barkala Farm with ecological fully sustainable accommodation or drop by the Blue Wren Cafe for a delicious espresso coffee with a freshly baked scone, or scrumptious wood-fired pizza.
(02) 6842 2239 | Dandry Road, Coonabarabran

Coolah Tops National Park / Another of Mother Nature’s secrets, Coolah Tops one of only two subalpine parks in NSW. With panoramic views over the Liverpool Plains, walking trails, waterfalls and more, where your only companions are the diverse wildlife including abundant bird life. Choose from three designated camping areas or even two historic huts to stay a night or two.
(02) 6825 4364 | Warung State Forest Road, Coolah

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre / Experience an environmentally sustainable centre telling the story of the Pilliga. Discover the area’s hidden secrets, its Indigenous and European history, conservation values and wildlife via a hands on exhibition for the whole family. Be sure to visit the nearby Sculptures in the Scrub open air gallery and sandstone caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve.
(02) 6843 4011 | 50 Wellington Street, Baradine

Top 5 events

Dunedoo Tunes On The Turf / Family friendly music festival which occurs annually in Dunedoo. Expect a massive three day event with farmers markets, busking competitions, main street vintage tractor display and non stop music featuring artists from around NSW, concluding with a round of golf on Sunday.
Second weekend in November | facebook.com/tunesontheturf

Star Fest / An annual extravaganza of events hosted by Siding Spring Observatory over the October long weekend. All things stars and science related, including fun filled evening ‘Science in the Pub’ and open day activities on top of the Siding Spring Observatory!
October long weekend | starfest.com.au

Art Unlimited / Art Unlimited is one of NSW’s premier showcases of regional art featuring an annual competition with more than $11,000 in prize money, unique artwork on exhibition, and different art technique workshops available. The opening night is not to be missed with entertainment and prize winner announcements.
May 2020 | artunlimitednsw.com.au

North West Equestrian Expo / The largest Pony Club event outside the Sydney Royal Easter Show, drawing in kids from across Australia. This school team event features dressage, cross country, polocrosse plus team penning with new events introduced annually.
29 May – 2 June 2020 | nwequestrianexpo.com.au

Hartwood Campfire and Country Music Festival / Experience first class country music and entertainment in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere attracting hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers each Easter long weekend. Pet and child friendly event.
10 – 12 April 2020 | hartwoodfestival.com.au

Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre
with Diprotodon Museum
Newell Highway, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
(02) 6849 2144 | warrumbungleregion.com.au

Escape to adventure in the Great Western Plains - the destination of choice for freedom travellers

The Great Escape

Un-hitch, un-plug and unwind. No matter which direction you point your compass, Dubbo, Wellington and the Great Western Plains are the ultimate destinations for freedom travellers.

From comfortable and well-appointed caravan parks and campsites, to off the grid escapes in free camping areas, you will find somewhere perfect to rest your head. Enjoy the exhilaration of reeling in 'the big one' in one of our many rivers and lakes, or unpack the kayak and paddle the day away on the water. Enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of the Aussie bush before you retire for a night under a blanket of stars.

If you have plenty of time to roam, keep a few days spare and take the long way home! There is always more to explore and the unspoilt surrounds of the Great Western Plains are a haven for native flora, fauna and wandering souls in need of respite. Just a brief drive from the nearest town or city and yet you will feel a million miles away.