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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

Renowned for welcoming communities, boundless horizons, a thriving arts scene and classic country pubs, Coonamble has a distinctive blend of rural charm and natural wonders.

Coonamble is the Aboriginal word meaning a ‘lot of dirt’ and this rich dirt has made it one of the most productive regions in Western NSW. Dryland broadacre cropping, along with cattle and sheep grazing, continue to be the sources of greatest production for the area.

The region is home to two small and unique villages - Gulargambone and Quambone. Gulargambone is well known for its wonderful display of street art and Quambone is best known for being the gateway to the Macquarie Marshes.

Top 3 to see and do

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft
Australia’s largest combined rodeo and campdraft, held every June long weekend. This is the largest event on the Coonamble calendar and provides something for everyone. coonamblerodeocampdraft.com

Gulargambone Street Art
The streets have been gentrified by some of the country’s leading artists. Murals, sculptures and installations will capture your eye. Accessible art at every corner. gulargambone.com.au

Bird Viewing Platform - Macquarie Marshes
Quambone is the gateway to the Marshes, one of the largest remaining inland semipermanent wetlands in South-Eastern Australia. Here you can find a spectacular array of birdlife! nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

More to explore
  • Keep a keen eye out for the famous corrugated iron galahs which appear along the highway and around Gulargambone.
  • Look out for pops of colour as you discover Coonamble’s outstanding street art, like the amazing water tower mural created by talented artists John Murray and local Sooty Welsh in 2017.
  • Explore the CBD and spot the caricatures and characters of the one-of-akind Coonamble Nickname Hall of Fame.
  • Get a taste of local history in the Museum Under the Bridge.
  • Check out the exhibitions, local wares and more at the Outback Arts Gallery.
  • Take a stroll and uncover the tales of eras gone by on the Coonamble Heritage Walk.
  • For something outside of the ordinary, stop by the Quambone Library, which boasts the title of the smallest library in NSW!

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

Gilgandra

Gilgandra is a region steeped in history, known for its welcoming community and incredible natural landscape.

Explore the main street of Gilgandra and find restaurants, cafes and retail stores. Gilgandra is the birthplace of the 1915 Coo-ee March, when the Hitchen brothers began the 500km recruitment march for World War I.

Follow the Castlereagh Highway north-west to the thriving farming community of Armatree; regularly playing host to bands and performers. Day-trippers, music lovers, and campers alike stop in at the Armatree Hotel, where overnight stays are welcome.

Tooraweenah is the gateway to the Warrumbungle National Park. Walk the historic trail through town alongside original 20th century buildings and follow the walkway to the Warrumbungle viewing platform.

Top 3 to see and do

Southern Gateway to the Warrumbungles
Enjoy farmland views as you drive through Tooraweenah to the Warrumbungle National Park. The park has many walks catering to all difficulty levels. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for the best spots to explore.

Museums
Learn about the Coo-ee March and see exhibitions from local artists at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre. Discover life throughout history with interactive displays at the Gilgandra Museum. Find both on the Windmill Walk. gilgandraruralmuseum.com

Emu Logic, Tooraweenah
This working Emu Farm produces everything from pure emu oil, to emu oil soaps and lip balms. Visit between July and October to see newborn chicks. Contact Emu Logic for tours and shop opening times. emulogic.com.au

More to explore
  • Enjoy some retail therapy with shopping in Gilgandra’s boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
  • Be amazed at Orana Cactus World; one of Australia’s largest private collection of cacti.
  • Relax and reinvigorate with an easy stroll down Windmill Walk in Gilgandra along the banks of the Castlereagh River.
  • Explore over 8 hectares of native bushland at the Floral Reserve.
  • Pay a visit to Hitchen House; the original home of the Hitchen brothers.
  • Grab a bite to eat in the foothills of the majestic Warrumbungles with a visit to the Mountain View Hotel or Little Gecko Coffee Shop in Tooraweenah.
  • Armatree War Memorial and History Boards.
  • Rest your weary feet at the Armatree Hotel. Established in 1929, and offering a great country pub atmosphere, the hotel regularly hosts bands.

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 includes three very unique towns, the centre being the town of Narromine on the banks of the Macquarie River, Tomingley a quaint village on the edge of the Goobang National Park and Trangie with a strong Cobb and Co History.

Renowned for its rich agricultural diversity paired with excellent tourist attractions, the Narromine Region is the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the delights of Country New South Wales.

Experience country hospitality and enjoy a great range of local shopping experiences, unique eateries and exciting attractions scattered throughout the three towns.

Top 3 to see and do

Narromine Aviation Museum
A must see on the itinerary is the Narromine Aviation Museum, which houses the world’s only replica of a 1907 Wright Flyer Model A and a century of aviation history. narromineaviationmuseum.org.au

Wungunja Cultural Centre Trangie
Explore the local Wiradjuri Centre and traditions through the collection of artefacts on display. The Centre is home to records of local Aboriginal families that once lived in the area. trangielalc.com.au

Glenn McGrath Statue Narromine
The statue commemorates former Australian cricketer, Glenn McGrath. Glenn, who grew up in Narromine where he first played cricket, holds the record for the highest number of Test wickets by an Australian fast bowler. Located in Tom Perry Park.

More to explore
  • Narromine Wetlands – experience the tranquility of the Narromine Wetlands located on the outskirts of Narromine. The wetlands provide the ideal place for a picnic or a walk. It is the perfect habitat for an abundance of birdlife. Public toilets and undercover picnic tables are available on site.
  • Quentin Park Alpacas Studio and Gallery – an opportunity to meet, greet, pat, and picnic with alpacas! www.quentinparkalpacas.com
  • Trangie Garford Fire Engine – the town’s 1918 fire truck was used until the mid 1940s and is now housed in the museum located on Dandaloo Street, Trangie.
  • On the eastern edge of the town of Trangie is the Goan Waterhole and the ‘Home of the Big Billy’– the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic or barbeque.

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

Warren

Escape and unwind with the Warren region’s warm country hospitality and pace of life set by throwing a line into the river, enjoying a round of golf or strolling through the many parks and gardens.

Observe the abundant birdlife at Tiger Bay Wetlands and the Macquarie Marshes, visit the latest exhibition at Window on the Wetlands Centre, sip some locally vinted wine or enjoy a heritage walking tour. Stroll down Dubbo Street and sift through a unique smorgasbord of fashion, gifts, and homewares.

Warren offers plenty of options when it comes to accommodation and dining ensuring that there’s something for everyone. Get to know the friendly locals and experience authentic country Australia at its best

Top 3 to see and do

Window On The Wetlands Centre
Relax over coffee, view the art gallery, and enjoy information on the region’s environment, culture, and heritage. Explore Tiger Bay Wetlands walking trails, interpretive signage and a bird hide right next to the centre. Located on the Oxley Highway, Warren.

Aboriginal Heritage At The Beemunnel
The Beemunnel is a significant cultural site where Aboriginal families lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Walk the interpretative trail located 1.5km north-east of Window on the Wetlands Centre. Located on the Oxley Highway, Warren.

Burrima Walkway - Macquarie Marshes
Take the boardwalk to the heart of the Marshes, meandering for 2km past channels, lagoons and thickets of river red gums. Enjoy soaring views from the observation tower looking east across the largest reedbed in southern Australia. Located 128km north of Warren on the Carinda Road. Please book on the website before travelling. burrimamacquariemarshes.com

More to explore
  • Spend a day on the green, the 18-hole Warren Golf Club has a mixture of grass and sand greens and beautiful vistas of the Gunningbar Creek. You can even have a friendly game of lawn bowls on the newly established bowling green.
  • Warren has numerous spots all within 5km of the town perfect for fishing on the banks of the Macquarie River: Oxley Park Wharf, Bob Christensen Reserve/Bryan Egan Weir, the Warren Weir Reserve and Quinines Reserve.
  • If you’re after a great country style meal, head for the cheery atmosphere of one of the local pubs: The Club House, the Nevertire Hotel and Collie Hotel. For tasty Thai food go to the Warren Services Club or Chinese at the Golfie. If you need a burger, cake or coffee visit one of the cafes in Warren.

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

Warrumbungles

Escape to the incredible Warrumbungle Region, home to Australia’s first Dark Sky Park and the iconic Warrumbungle mountain range. This is a spectacular destination for hiking and stargazing, where you’ll find charming country towns, fascinating museums and great events for all ages.

Discover hidden treasures and unwind in the region’s peaceful towns of Coonabarabran, Coolah, Dunedoo, Mendooran, Baradine and Binnaway and experience the magic of it all.

Discover giant grass trees in Coolah Tops National Park, and marvel at rare birds and wildlife in the Pilliga Forest.

Visit Australia’s largest optical astronomy research facility, admire mineral and fossil displays, watch artists at work and meet the friendly locals.

Top 3 to see and do

Warrumbungle National Park
By day, explore the ancient volcano and the many bushwalks with breathtaking views. By night, experience Australia’s first official Dark Sky Park, one of the best places to view stars attracting star gazers from around the world. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Coolah Tops National Park
One of Australia’s best kept secrets with breathtaking views across the Liverpool Plains, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums, and ancient (and giant!) grasstrees. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Pilliga State Forest
Spans for more than half a million hectares, the Pilliga offers rugged beauty on a grand scale. Camp site, BBQ areas, lookouts, bird life, wild flowers, walking trails – it has it all. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

More to explore
  • Siding Spring Observatory – A private tour of the Anglo Australian Telescope is a must!
  • Pilliga Pottery – Featuring a cafe, accommodation, bushwalking and handmade pottery.
  • Blue Sky Cheese – Award winning cheese made in Mendooran. By appointment only.
  • Black Gate Distillery – Hand crafted spirits distilled using traditional methods and the finest quality ingredients.
  • Dunedoo Silo Art – Featuring the champion racehorse ‘Winx’ with jockey Hugh Bowman.
  • Coolabur-rygundy River Walk – Picturesque riverside walk with sculptures and art.
  • Central West Cycle Trail – Traversing through the rolling landscape of woodlands and wheat lands of the Central West.
  • Dunedoo Historical Society and Museum – A comprehensive collection of objects and treasures covering mining, military and local history of the area.
  • Pilliga Discovery Centre – Award-winning centre and the best place to plan your trip in the Pilliga.

Image credits: Warrumbungles night sky - Destination NSW, Observatory - Filippo Rivetti, Warrumbungles waterfall - Nicola Brookhouse/DPIE

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.