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Cities and towns in the Great Western Plains


Venture through the Great Western Plains and uncover some of the most unique destinations in regional NSW.

Hit the road, head for the hills or take to the skies: whatever adventure you’re in the mood for, it’s waiting for you in the Great Western Plains. However, without a doubt the best way to explore the Great Western Plains is by jumping between the vibrant towns and villages that are dotted across the region. Each town offers something new and surprising, so get exploring and discover your own big adventure.


Venture into a part of Australia where rich landscapes and stunning sunsets go hand-in-hand with award-winning experiences and world-class attractions, where there’s time to reconnect and opportunities to explore, and where the people always greet you with a smile.

Whether it’s time for a fun-filled family adventure, a stopover on the great Australian journey, a quiet weekend break, or a spur-of the-moment getaway, it’s time to experience life on a large canvas and Dubbo has it all!

Located in the heart of NSW, about halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane, Dubbo makes for an ideal family adventure or a welcomed interstate breather.

From the wide open spaces of Taronga Western Plains Zoo to the pitch-black confines of the Old Dubbo Gaol, a wealth of adventure is waiting!


Whether you saddle up for a roaring rodeo or check out the nickname “hall of fame,” Coonamble offers the perfect stopover.

Comfortably nestled between the rugged spires of Warrumbungle National Park and teeming wetlands of the Macquarie Marshes, Coonamble offers the perfect stopover for the travel weary adventurer.

One of the most well-preserved towns in the Central West, Coonamble’s sedate character is quickly evolving from a wheat and wool subsistence to an authentic Aussie experience.

Catching the townships of Gulargambone and Quambone, the Coonamble umbrella shades a region with rich history, creative appeal and a sapid menu.


To catch a spot of bird watching away from the hustle and bustle, head to Warren and soak up the country hospitality.

Located just over an hour from Dubbo, the Warren Region offers a pace of life set by throwing a line into the river, enjoying a round of golf or strolling through one of the many parks and gardens.

The Warren Region has many treasures to be discovered. It’s a place to get away from it all, without getting far away at all!


Step back into yesteryear and head to Gilgandra to learn of the revered pioneering history and the 1915 Coo-ee March.

Located 45 minutes from Dubbo on the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh Highways, Gilgandra makes the perfect place to stopover, stretch your legs and spend a few days discovering the region.

Liberally blessed with perfect sunsets, unique waterways and a quasi-provincial lifestyle, the town retires early, sleeps soundly and wakes chipper. Gilgandra’s carefully crafted laid back ambience and ability to unwind even the most knotted of shoulders make it virtually unmissable for most travellers.


Spike the adrenalin and take to the skies of Narromine with the ultimate aeronautical experience.

Located a short 30 minute drive west of Dubbo, Narromine invites you to relax among a lush rural setting, dotted with quaint country pubs, fabulous fishing spots and historic B&B’s.

While the town may be renowned for its friendly locals and country charm, it’s the aeronautical history that wins over visitors year after year. The Narromine Aerodrome is home to the oldest Aero Club in regional Australia and houses the famous Narromine Aviation Museum.

Head a little further west to Trangie – a small town steeped in history dating back to Cobb & Co – or  take a scenic detour south to Tomingley, the gateway to Goobang National Park, which is renowned for its stunning lookouts and spiritual ambience.

With so much to see and do be sure to make Narromine a priority stopover, for it is here where city slickers hop off for that breath of fresh air to enjoy all the delights of country NSW.


The Warrumbungle Shire is a lavish stretch of land loaded with adventure and discovery.

Straddling the western extremities of the Great Dividing Range and comfortably situated on the junction of four major highways, the Warrumbungle Shire is dotted with the quirky towns of Coonabarabran, Coolah, Baradine, Binnaway, Dunedoo and Mendooran.

By day you can pursue the great outdoors. Wander the volcanic Warrumbungle National Park, take in sweeping views at Coolah Tops and immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture of The Pilliga.

Witness the ever-changing creative work at Pilliga Pottery or check out the world famous Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s largest optical astronomy facility.

Warrumbungle Shire is a place where the shortest walk can stop you in your tracks and your next “wow” moment is just around the corner.


A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Wellington offers natural beauty and a prehistoric history.

Lake Burrendong and Mt Arthur Reserve are just two of the adventure hot-spots in the Wellington region. Lake Burrendong is a popular spot for water-skiing, wake-boarding, biscuiting and fishing, while Mt Arthur Reserve is ideal for bushwalking and mountain bike riding, plus you'll be rewarded with incredible scenery!

You might like to head underground and explore the well-preserved Wellington Caves. The 15m stalagmite in the Cathedral Cave is a definite highlight.

Only an hour from Dubbo, Wellington is the perfect place to get a taste of the relaxed Great Western Plains lifestyle. And with a quality mix of accommodation options and a plethora of places to eat and drink, who knows when you'll leave!

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