Hit the road and adventure beyond.
Due to its location on several major highways and interstate routes, Dubbo is an ideal base for touring central and western NSW. With so much to see in this region, be sure to spend some time exploring the rich countryside enjoying fine wines, amazing scenery and unique attractions.
Here are some suggestions for easy and enjoyable day trips and excursions from Dubbo.
Just an hour and 15 minutes from Dubbo is Gulgong, the town of the ten dollar note. Visit several fascinating museums, pay tribute to the famous bush poet Henry Lawson at the Henry Lawson Centre, or take a wander amongst the nearly 130 National Trust buildings that hark back to the gold rush of the 1860s.
Travel a little further south and you’ll be in the heart of the Mudgee region, where world class wineries and delicious dining abound. Visit a number of elegant galleries, take a hot air balloon trip over the picturesque town, or explore the western edges of the Wollemi National Park.
Less than 30 minutes west of Dubbo, Narromine is an historic town with the best gliding area in the world. The landscape is dotted with quaint country pubs, fabulous fishing spots along the Macquarie River and many beautiful gardens and reserves, including the Narromine Wetlands near the outskirts of town.
While in Narromine, take time to visit the life size Glenn McGrath statue, the Iris Farm, Edgerton Nursery, and the Aviation Museum, or just take a stroll down the beautiful main street and visit the many wonderful and unique shops.
The picturesque town of Wellington is located just 40 minutes from Dubbo. A trip to this region can include a bushwalk at Burrendong Arboretum or Mt Arthur Reserve, a spot of fishing at Lake Burrendong, or a relaxed meal at one of many quality local eateries.
Ten minutes south of Wellington is the world famous Wellington Caves. Explore the magnificent Cathedral and Gaden caves or take a tour of the Phosphate Mine and discover the workings of a World War I mine.
About an hour and a half from Dubbo is the picturesque town of Molong.
Follow the ‘Animals on Bikes’ through Cabonne Country to Cumnock and watch the sunset over Mt Canobolas. Enjoy fine wines and make sure you visit the award winning Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra.
An hour and a half from Dubbo, Parkes Shire boasts the Parkes Radio Telescope (featured in the movie The Dish), Peak Hill Open Cut Mine, and the Henry Parkes Centre, which features the Elvis Exhibit, Motor Museum, Antique Machinery and local history collection.
Coonamble is an hour and 40 minute drive north of Dubbo. During the spring you can experience the authentic country horse racing at the Gulargambone Gold Cup or you can visit the award winning Cafe 2828 in Gulargambone or the Outback Arts Gallery.
Less than a two hour drive north of Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Warrumbungle Shire region present amazing opportunities to explore the open spaces of three national parks and the ever expanding night skies. Visit the majestic Warrumbungles, become an astronomer for an evening or simply meander around the region and discover new horizons.
The food and wine region of Mudgee is a scenic hour and a half drive from Dubbo. Over 40 family-owned vineyards dot the countryside and Mudgee’s restaurants are renowned. Historic building and one-off stores, such as the Mudgee Christmas Shop, line its quaint streets.