GET TING THERE
Car Wellington is located about 350 kilometres or 4.5 hours’ drive from Sydney. Dubbo is nearly 400 kilometres from Sydney or approximately fifive hours’ drive over the Blue Mountains. Air About 200,000 passengers a year pass through Dubbo Regional Airport with four major airlines providing more than 230 flflights per week to and from Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Cobar and Broken Hill. Train NSW Trainlink services Dubbo and Wellington daily with an XPT train from Sydney.
ON THE WAY
De Russie Boutique Hotel If you are travelling with kids from Sydney, Brisbane or Canberra, it’s a slog. Orange is three-and-a-half hours’ drive from Sydney, making it a good stopover. This hotel offffers self-contained suites and is a fifive-minute walk to Cook Park, where the kids can run offff some steam. 72 Hill Street, Orange. (02) 6360 0973; derussiehotels.com.au Ibis Styles Another accommodation option in Orange, this is a good place to rest weary heads and recharge with dinner in the well-priced restaurant. 146 Bathurst Road, Orange. (02) 6362 6033. Winchester Motel Moree is the halfway point between Brisbane and Dubbo. This motel has family rooms, a swimming pool and is close to local restaurants. 54 Anne Street, Moree. (02) 6752 4666; winchestermotel.com.au Cowra Services Club Motel From Canberra, the halfway stop to the central plains is Cowra. This motel is spacious, reasonably priced and situated in the heart of this thriving country town. 105 Brisbane Street, Cowra. (02) 6341 1999; cowraservicesclubmotel.com.au
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Wellington and Dubbo experience hot summer temperatures of around 32°C in January and mild winters, with highs of 15°C during the day. Spring is a good time to visit, as there’s pleasant weather with daytime temperatures of 20–24°C.
WHERE TO STAY
Cascades Motor Inn This motel has family rooms and a great Italian restaurant. 147 Cobra Street, Dubbo. (02) 6882 3888; cascadesmotorinn.com.au The Cow and Calf Built in 1863, this historic pub recently underwent a major renovation and has 20 newly refurbished rooms, plus a bistro, lounge, library and beer garden. 135 Lee Street, Wellington. (02) 6845 2710; cowandcalf.com.au Taronga Western Plains Zoo The zoo offffers camping, cabins and an up-market lodge fifive minutes’ drive from town. Obley Road, Dubbo. (02) 6881 1400; taronga. org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Old Dubbo Gaol Step back in time at the heritage-listed gaol that operated until 1966. 90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo. (02) 6801 4460; olddubbogaol.com.au Wellington Caves Guided tours are available of the caves and phosphate mine. Caves Road, Mitchell Highway. (02) 6845 2970; wellingtoncaves.com.au Taronga Western Plains Zoo You’ll see lions, tigers, rhinos and many more exotic animals at this free-range zoo. Obley Road, Dubbo. (02) 6881 1400; taronga. org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo Tracker Riley Cycleway Hire a bike and ride the 12.5-kilometre cycleway along the Macquarie River from Dubbo’s CBD to historic Dundullimal Homestead. Western Plains Cultural Centre Home to both the Dubbo Regional Museum and the Dubbo Regional Gallery. 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo. (02) 6801 4444; westernplainsculturalcentre.org
WHERE TO SHOP
Belle and Bear Lifestyle A big range of stylish clothing, homewares and gifts. 119 Macquarie Street, Dubbo. (02) 6881 8767. Markets Shop for local produce at the fortnightly Dubbo Farmers’ Market (Macquarie Lions Park, Macquarie Street, Dubbo), or pick up arts and crafts at the monthly Riverside Market (Blight Street, Dubbo) and Rotunda Market (cnr of Macquarie and Church streets, Dubbo). dubbofarmersmarket.org.au Saddler and Co Bede Aldridge’s beautiful handmade leather goods are available here. 1a Sterling Street, Dubbo. 0419 496 834; saddlerandco.com.au The Meadow Florist Irissa Knight’s store sells lovely blooms. 117 Talbragar Street, Dubbo. (02) 6885 3467. Two Sheep Get the family fitted for custom-made ugg boots at the Two Sheep store, a company that provides employment and accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities at their local factory. 32 Hawthorn Street, Dubbo. (02) 6882 4111; twosheep.com.au
WHERE TO EAT
Bellotti’s Locals say this restaurant at the Cascades Motor Inn has the best Italian food in town. 147 Cobra Street, Dubbo. (02) 6882 3888; cascadesmotorinn.com.au Black Tambourine Coffee and Eats Open for breakfast and lunch, this hipster café serves coffffee, burgers and cakes. 107 Brisbane Street, Dubbo. 0438 671 012. Cactus Café and Gallery Grab a coffffee and a bite to eat in a lovely Spanish-themed setttting. 33 Warne Street, Wellington. (02) 6845 4647. Press Visit for great coffee and wholesome food made from local produce. 33 Bultje Street, Dubbo. (02) 6885 0621; pressdubbo.com.au Veldt Restaurant The place to go for a special meal and chef Brad Myers’ divine desserts. 22 Bultje Street, Dubbo. (02) 6882 0926; veldtrestaurant.com.au