Fast Facts

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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

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