Seek out a Great Big Adventure
Situated halfway between the NSW coast and the start of the NSW Outback is a region characterised by vast open spaces, ancient volcanic mountains, and big adventure. Welcome to the Great Western Plains. Filling the central region of the state, the Great Western Plains strikes the perfect balance between blissful relaxation and heart pumping adrenaline.
Exploring the great outdoors is easy with three sensational national parks at your doorstep, namely Warrumbungle National Park, Coolah Tops and The Pilliga. Paddle the picturesque rivers, glide the skies, hike through the rugged wilderness, and explore the plains by car, bike, cart or trike.
The region’s blossoming food and wine scene is also a pleasure to discover, with numerous unique gourmet experiences dotting this beautiful landscape. Add in the exciting range of galleries and antique stores, and the reasons to visit this accessible and intriguing region truly are endless.
9 Awesome Camping Spots in the Great Western Plains
There’s nothing like the memories made on a family camping trip. Here are the best places to pitch a tent at the Great Western Plains. 1. Wellington Caves Holiday Park, Wellington Located 8km from Wellington at the Wellington Caves Complex, this caravan park offers campers plenty of space, shady sites, great facilities and a brand new swimming pool. There’s a camp kitchen to cook and wash up, or if you can’t be bothered with that just pop across to the onsite café. You’ll be conveniently located at the awe-inspiring Wellington Caves where guided tours are available. 2. Discovery Holiday Park, Dubbo An example of how seriously cool caravan parks can be these days, Discovery Holiday Park Dubbo has a heated resort-style swimming pool and a fabulous heated waterpark complete with slides, fountains and a giant tipping bucket that will have kids large and small squealing with delight. Add to the mix a giant jumping pillow, a BMX track and a well-equipped camp kitchen and you’ve got an excellent place to pitch a tent. 3. Quambone Primitive Campsite, Coonamble Located just 18km from the beautiful Macquarie Marshes, Quambone Primitive Campsite is a free camp in the tiny town of the same name. It’s positioned close to the town swimming pool, tennis courts and sports oval, and has toilets, fire pits and water facilities. 4. Dandry Gorge, Pilliga Forest For an outback bush camping experience, head to the Scultpures in the Scrub camping area at Dandry Gorge in the Pilliga Forest. Accessible via sandy red dirt tracks, you’ll need to be self-sufficient out here as facilities are limited to toilets and BBQs so bring plenty of supplies. There’s plenty of space for caravans, and the 3km Sculptures in the Scrub walk tells of the indigenous history of the area via beautiful sculpture art. 5. Gulargambone Caravan Park, Coonamble Camp among the jacaranda trees at Gulargambone, which means ‘place of many galahs’. This shady caravan park set on the banks of the Castlereagh River has established gardens, tidy amenities and an excellent camp kitchen complete with pizza oven that can also turn over a roast. It’s pet-friendly, and the welcoming staff even host a nightly happy hour. 6. Barkala Farm, Pilliga Forest Home of Pilliga Pottery, Barkala Farm is a bohemian micro village established in the early ‘80s by German immigrants and is still run by the same family today. Handcrafted pottery is made and sold onsite, and camping is available with hot showers and flushing toilets. There’s also an excellent café that serves deliciously authentic German sausages and cold beer – that’s if you don’t fancy a camp cookout! 7. Gilgandra Caravan Park, Gilgandra What better place to pitch a tent (or park your van or camper) than at the southern gateway to the spectacular Warrumbungle National Park; Gilgandra. And the best spot in town is the Gilgandra Caravan Park. It's a lovely, leafy park that's happy to have your four-legged friend, too. 8. Camp Blackman, Warrumbungles The largest campsite in the Warrumbungle National Park also has the best facilities; Camp Blackman. It’s a sprawling grassy site with large trees, powered and unpowered sites, free hot showers and flushing toilets. It’s also the location of the Visitor Centre, where you can get the full low down on exploring this breathtaking wilderness area. 9. Terramungamine Reserve, Dubbo 10km north of Dubbo on the banks of the Macquarie River you’ll find Terramungamine Reserve, a public recreation area and free overnight camp with a long Aboriginal history. Terramungamine Reserve was an important gathering area for Aboriginal tribes throughout the region, and a short walk along the river reveals approximately 150 grinding grooves on an outcrop of rock, where Aboriginal people sharpened their tools and weapons.
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Getting to the Great Western Plains
Whether you’re travelling by road, rail or air, getting to the Great Western Plains is a breeze. The city of Dubbo is a major regional hub, which means getting there couldn’t be easier. Once you're in Dubbo, the other towns and villages of the Great Western Plains are just a hop, skip and a jump away! BY CAR Sitting at the junction of three highways, all roads really do lead to Dubbo. If coming from the east or the west, the Mitchell Highway is your best option, as it connects Sydney to Broken Hill via Dubbo. If you’re heading to Dubbo from either Melbourne or Brisbane, then take the Newell Highway, while those venturing in from Newcastle or the Hunter will be best suited to take the Golden Highway. From Dubbo, the region’s towns and villages are easily accessed, with Narromine to the west, Coonamble, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran to the north, and Warren to the north-west. BY AIR Dubbo is an easy 45 minute direct flight from Sydney, with daily services operated by both QantasLink and Regional Express Airlines. JetGo now operate direct flights from both Brisbane and Melbourne. Services from Brisbane run daily, while from Melbourne flights leave on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. From March 2017 Pelican Air will commence flights direct to Dubbo from both Newcastle and Canberra. The twice daily return flights will be morning and evening services - ideal for completing a full day of business and still getting home on the same night. BY RAIL For a relaxing and scenic journey from Sydney to Dubbo, why not take the train? NSW TrainLink operates daily services from Sydney’s Central Station, departing early in the morning and arriving in Dubbo at 2pm. The same route also operates daily trains from Dubbo to Sydney.
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