Wellington

Wellington Courthouse, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 4660

Wellington is a typical Australian country town with a wide main street, numerous monuments to significant local people and attractive parklands. Sitting at the foot of Mount Arthur, it is best known for the nearby Wellington Caves.

Visitor Information

Cameron Park, cnr Nanima Cres and Swift St; (02) 6840 1770 or 1800 621 614

www.visitwellington.com.au

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  • Warrumbungle National Park

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In Town

Oxley Museum: the history of Wellington is told with photographs and artefacts; in the old bank (1883); open 1.30–4.30pm Mon–Fri, other times by appt; Cnr Percy and Warne sts.

Orana Aboriginal Corporation: authentic Aboriginal ceramics, paintings, clothing and artefacts; open Mon–Fri; Swift St.

Cameron Park: known for its rose gardens and suspension bridge over the Bell River, it also has picnic and barbecue facilities; Nanima Cres.

Self-guided town walk: taking in historic buildings including hotels and churches; brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Wellington Caves These fascinating limestone caves include Cathedral Cave, with a giant stalagmite, and Gaden Cave, with rare cave coral. Read More

Mt Arthur Reserve: walks to the lookout at the summit of Mt Binjang; maps from visitor centre; 3 km W.

Angora Tourist Farm: demonstrations of shearing angora rabbits and alpacas; 20 km SW.

Eris Fleming Gallery: original oil paintings and watercolours by the artist; 26 km S.

Nangara Gallery: Aboriginal art and craft with artefacts dating back over 20 000 years; 26 km SW.

Lake Burrendong State Park: watersports, fishing, campsites and cabins, and spectacular lake views from the main wall. Burrendong Arboretum is a beautiful spot for birdwatching and features several pleasant walking tracks. Also excellent camping, picnic and barbecue sites at Mookerawa Waters Park; 32 km SE.

Stuart Town: small gold-rush town formerly known as Ironbark, made famous by Banjo Paterson's poem 'The Man from Ironbark'; 38 km SE.

Wineries: several in the area offering cellar-door tastings and sales. Glenfinlass Wines sell exclusively through cellar door; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Dubbo 47 km

Throw a rug down in the 167-hectare Burrendong Botanic Gardens and Arboretum near Wellington, and take in the fragrance of an estimated 2500 native plant species.... Find out more


Wine-tasting - Mudgee 60 km

Mudgee is probably best known for its vineyards and wine, and there are a growing number of organic wineries, including Botobolar, Lowe Family Wines, Martins Hill and Thistle Hill. Broombee also has organic fruit and... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Grange Restaurant

In the sprawling grounds of the historic Hermitage Hill retreat, The Grange Restaurant serves hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with a focus on local produce and modern cuisine. There are staples such as steak and... Find out more


Keston Rose Garden Cafe

Keston Rose Garden Cafe sits proudly among blooming roses in a gorgeous country garden, about five minutes’ drive out of Wellington. It’s a perfect spot for a morning or afternoon coffee with homemade cakes... Find out more


Campsites around town

Lake Burrendong State Park camping area 20 km

Turn onto Burrendong Rd off Wellington–Orange Rd north of Mumbil, and you’ll soon find this camping area. Activities include golf, sailing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and a waterslide.... Find out more


Mookerawa Waters Park camping area 31 km

To get here, follow Mookerawa Rd for 10 km from Stuart Town, off the Wellington–Orange Rd. Facilities and activities match those at the Lake Burrendong State Park camping area, but there are no powered sites here.... Find out more


BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 47 km

Part of the BIG4 conglomerate, Dubbo Parklands is located on the Newell Hwy less than 2 km south of the town centre and supplies topnotch park facilities, including a recreation room with table tennis, movies and a... Find out more


Greenbah camping area 55 km

Pack your binoculars and bird-identification guide before heading to this camping area next to Greenbah Creek, as it’s a top spot for birdwatching. To reach it, turn off Trewilga–Baldry Rd onto the Sawpit... Find out more


Wanda Wandong camping area 60 km

Let the children run free in this spacious, grassy camping ground. Turn-off 4km north of Tomingley. The camping area is 18km east of the Newell Hwy. This is the best section of the park to visit if you are towing a... Find out more


Glendora camping area 68 km

Glendora is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee. Hill End’s fascinating gold-rush history draws crowds of up to 35 000 annually, and... Find out more


The Village camping area 69 km

This is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, a small village with a fascinating goldmining history. Hill End is 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee; the campground is in the... Find out more


Turon Crossing Reserve camping area 72 km

On the Bridle Track, there are 2 campsites included in Turon Crossing Reserve: 7.3 km and 8.2 km south of Hill End. A concrete causeway crossing of Turon River 8 km south of Hill End may be impassable after rain, even... Find out more


Cave Hole Reserve camping area 72 km

On the Bridle Track, on the northern side of Monaghans Bluff, Cave Hole Reserve is about 9 km south of Hill End. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more


Mary Flynn Reserve camping area 72 km

On the Bridle Track, you’ll find the Mary Flynn Reserve camping area just over 10 km south of Hill End and 1.2 km south of Cave Hole Reserve. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Wellington Valley Caravan Park 1 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more


Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 2 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more


Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 7 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more


BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 47 km

This is a very good park at the southern entrance to the city, the closest to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a large selection of accommodation and very good amenities. Winter months can be very busy as... Find out more


Dubbo City Holiday Park 48 km

Enjoy the sights of Dubbo from this centrally located park. It is conveniently situated on the Newell Highway about 2 km from the city centre and just a short drive from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a... Find out more


West View Tourist Caravan Park 50 km

Located alongside the Mitchell Highway on the western approach to town, this is a convenient overnight stop. It is budget priced and dog friendly. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Peak Hill Caravan Park 73 km

This owner-operated park offers a range of accommodation and is ideal for an overnight stay. It is a small, budget-priced park, located off the main highway and just a short walk from the town centre. The owners supply... Find out more


Colour City Caravan Park 81 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more


Spicer Caravan Park 96 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned park with good basic facilities, about 2 km from the town centre. It is in a quiet spot, off the main highway, about 16 km from the Parkes satellite dish. Bookings are required in... Find out more


Gilgandra Caravan Park 97 km

Located alongside the highway on the northern side of the Castlereagh River, this budget-priced park is set on an impressive expanse of lawn with large shady trees. Enjoy the pool, cook a barbecue or take your dog for a... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Carinya B&B

Carinya is a heritage homestead offering B&B accommodation close to all the local attractions such as Wellington Caves and the Japanese Garden. This is a very pretty guesthouse with comfortable guest rooms and... Find out more


Wellington Caves Holiday Complex

Situated 6 kilometres from town, next door to the golf course, Japanese gardens and a short walk from the caves, this is a secluded, relaxed camping ground with self-contained cabins. The cabins are open-plan, with... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Apsley rest area 8 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Geurie rest area 22 km

24km NW of Wellington (L) or 27km SE of Dubbo (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Two Mile Creek rest area 31 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.


Bell River rest area 40 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Panai rest area 48 km

39km NE of Tomingley (L) or 14km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.


Brocklehurst rest area 53 km

9km N of Dubbo (L) or 57km S of Gilgandra (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Terramungamine camping area 55 km

T/O 8km N of Dubbo (L) or 58km S of Gilgandra (R)

On the riverbank 4km west of the highway via Burroway Rd.


Burrabadine rest area 55 km

8km W of Dubbo (R) or 32km E of Narromine (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.


Molong park area 61 km

At Molong

Just off the highway on the banks of Molong Creek.


Tomingley Creek rest area 63 km

8km NE of Tomingley (L) or 45km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.


Kingsley Fairborough park area 63 km

29km NW of Orange (R) or 5km SE of Molong (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.


Gamboola rest area 68 km

17km NW of Orange (L) or 17km SE of Molong (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Rosewood rest area 68 km

15km N of Peak Hill (R) or 3km SW of Tomingley (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Narromine rest area 72 km

37km NW of Dubbo (R) or 3km E of Narromine (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Gilgandra park area 96 km

At Gilgandra

Under shady trees at the oval on the west side of town via Bundy St.


What's on around town

Market: Cnr Percy St and and Nanima Cres; last Sat each month.

Vintage Fair: with street parade and swap meet; Mar.

The Wellington Boot: horseraces; Mar.

Wellington Show: Apr.

Festivale: week of celebrations; Oct.

Carols in the Cave: Dec.

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