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6 Unique Experiences of the Great Western Plains


After an experience that’s a little bit different? You’ll find plenty in the Great Western Plains.

1. Cuddle a meerkat

Meerkat Encounter

Get up close and personal with a society of meerkats at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

While your general zoo admission allows you to observe these adorable little critters at feeding time, signing up for the Meerkat Encounter will get you on the inside of the fence where the cheeky little cuties can and will climb all over you. How awesome is that?!

2. Eat bush tucker and visit interesting Aboriginal cultural sites

First Lesson Cultural Tours

The Great Western Plains has a long indigenous history and the best way to learn all about it is on a tour with First Lesson Cultural Tours, run by local Wiradjuri man Peter Peckham.

You’ll see significant sites like the Scarred Canoe Tree and ancient grinding grooves, eat bush tucker, learn about bush medicine and hear local indigenous stories passed down over thousands of years.

3. Take a ghost tour at the Old Dubbo Gaol

Old Dubbo Gaol

The best way to learn about the fascinating but grim history of the Old Dubbo Gaol is to partake in the After Dark tour.

You’ll wander the dark corridors of this Victorian-era prison hearing tales of hardship and woe experienced within its walls. If you don’t believe in ghosts, you might after this!

4. Learn pottery in the Pilliga

Pilliga Pottery

What better place to learn the art of spinning clay than the beautiful Pilliga Forest. Barkala Farm is home to Pilliga Pottery where handcrafted ceramics made on site are sold.

But best of all, guests are invited to get their hands dirty – like Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in Ghost – and partake in a pottery workshop.

5. Ride on a sparkly red three-wheel motorcycle

Trike Adventures

Tour Dubbo in style by climbing on the back of a plush three-wheel motorcycle with Trike Adventures. There’s a range of trips available including a wine tour, zoo tour and even an outback pub tour.

6. Listen to an underground Japanese water harp

Shoyoen Japanese Garden

Put your ear to the ground – quite literally – next to the authentic teahouse in Dubbo’s beautiful Shoyoen Japanese Garden and listen carefully: what do you hear? The delicate sound coming from underground is from a suikinkutsu, or Japanese water harp.

Bet you weren’t expecting that in Dubbo, were you?!

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