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Fishing on Lake Hume, Albury Albury and Surrounds The iconic Murray River winds through Albury in a lush river valley. 

Armidale streetscape, New England North West Armidale and Surrounds Armidale is a city of culture and learning, with a wonderful heritage...

Quaint townscape of Hill End, near Bathurst Bathurst and Surrounds One of Australia’s oldest inland settlements, now a...

Giraffes at Western Plain Zoo, Dubbo Dubbo and Surrounds Worth a visit for the wonderful Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo.

Balancing rocks in Glenn Innes, New England North WestGlen Innes, Inverell and Surrounds The area's Celtic origins are commemorated by the Australian Standing Stones.

Enjoy prime fishing spots in Goulburn region Goulburn and Surrounds A colourful past that includes explorers, gold-diggers and bushrangers.

Shearers in Hay, Riverina (Photo: M. Newling/Tourism NSW) Griffith and Surrounds A blend of cuisine, culture and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Cotton fields in Moree, Central NSWMoree, Narrabri and Surrounds One of the country's richest agricultural areas, with natural hot springs.

Wine maker, Mudgee (Photo: M. Newling/Tourism NSW) Mudgee and Surrounds The area around Mudgee boasts about 50 wineries.

Enjoying local wine in Orange, Central NSW Orange and Surrounds A beautiful area with a growing reputation for its produce and cool-climate wines.

Lee Kernaghan at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Central NSW Tamworth and Surrounds Best known for its annual country music festival in January.

Segenhoe Horse Stud, Scone, Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Endowed with rolling plains and rugged mountains, the Upper Hunter has a taste for the good life.

Proteas from Karrindee Blooms, RiverinaWagga Wagga and Surrounds On the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga has a thriving arts community.


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Must do

Fast facts

  • At the cross-roads of regional NSW
  • Dubbo is famous for Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • Five hours’ drive north-west of Sydney

Why go there

At Taronga Western Plains Zoo you can drive around in your car as if you’re on an African safari. The 300-hectare zoo houses 1,500 animals, including rare and endangered species – it's the only place in Australia where you can see African elephants.

You'll discover many fine historic buildings in Dubbo and be able to find out about Narromine's aviation heritage. An emerging wine industry in the Macquarie Valley provides delicious wine-tasting and spectacular Wellington Caves are nearby.

Things to do

Enjoy the tranquility of Shoyoen Sister City Garden, a traditional Japanese garden in Elizabeth Park, Wellington.

Sample wines at the emerging wineries in the region - watch out for the delicious red wine made from the petit verdot grape.

Take a heritage walk to admire Dubbo's historic buildings or visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Learn all about gliding and the history of Australian aviation at Narromine.

Don’t miss

  • A two-day trip to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, staying overnight under luxury canvas at Zoofari Lodge.
  • Old Dubbo Gaol, which re-creates 19th-century prison life.
  • A glider flight at Narromine.
  • A guided tour of the Cathedral Cave in the Wellington Caves.
  • Dundullimal homestead (1840s), the oldest standing timber slab house in Australia.


  • National Ultralight Fly-in in Narromine at Easter.
  • Dubbo Show in May.
  • Dubbo Antiques and Collectables Fair in July.
  • Dubbo Jazz Festival in August.
  • Aviation Festival in Narromine on October long weekend.
  • Giraffes at Western Plain Zoo, Dubbo

    Giraffes at Western Plain Zoo, Dubbo

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