Wellington offers breathtaking natural beauty and a history dating back 200 years all delivered with a dose of good old-fashioned country charm.
Discover a haven for all outdoor enthusiasts at Wellington. Hike through a 2,100 hectare reserve, paddle a picturesque lake or meander through award-winning gardens.
Trek back in time and venture through a well-preserved slice of prehistoric history at the Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine. Look up and then keep looking up at the Altar, a spectacular 15 metre stalagmite in the Cathedral Cave.
Or don your hard hat and explore the intriguing history of the Phosphate Mine, a functioning mine during World War One.
While you’re at the Caves, stroll over to the Japanese Gardens and bask in the tranquility, alternatively pack your clubs and enjoy a round of golf just a short walk away at the course.
Adventure beckons at Lake Burrendong or ‘the dam’ as it’s known to locals. Spike the adrenaline in the warmer months and try your hand at water skiing, wakeboarding or biscuiting.
If throwing a leisurely line in the water is more your speed you may just take home the big one with seven different fish species to catch. More than just aquatic life, the dam is a haven for native Australian animals and there’s no better way to spot them then on a scenic hike.
Mingle with Mother Nature at the 164 hectare Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum.
Wander through Fern Gully, a man-made rainforest situated beneath an enormous suspended, thatched canopy – it’s a bona fide nature-lover’s paradise.
Or head to Mt Arthur Reserve for a spot of bushwalking or mountain bike riding. There are seven walking trails of varying lengths and difficulties offering spectacular views over Wellington and the Bell and Macquarie Rivers.
Located on the Mitchell Highway, Wellington is an easy 4.5 hour drive from Sydney and is within a one hour drive of Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee and Parkes. From Sydney Central take NSW Trainlink’s daily XPT service or daily train and coach service.
Or fly direct to Dubbo on one of two airlines and hire a car or take the bus or train to Wellington.
Sample seasonal produce fresh from the region at Wellington’s monthly Rotary Markets or sip wine straight from the barrel in Bell River Estate’s rustic underground cellar. If you’re craving hearty home-cooking at its best head to the historic Lion of Waterloo, the oldest tavern still operating west of the Blue Mountains.
Wellington has a quality mix of over 20 motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks and camping grounds. You won’t miss a second of the action when you pitch your tent onsite at two of the region’s biggest attractions or snuggle up at Hermitage Hill, once the town’s old hospital it’s now a majestic country retreat.
POPULATION - 8,850
TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS - Wirum Wirum People of the Wiradjuri Nation
ESTABLISHED - Wellington was first settled in 1817 and was established as a town in 1823
AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE - 16.7°C – 30.3°C
AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE - 4°C – 14.7°C