30 mins from the regional centre of Dubbo – Wellington is the second-oldest town west of the Blue Mountains, as has a really strong community spirit
Wellington is a relatively large centre in the Wellington Valley at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers and at the foot of Mount Arthur. An impressive rural service centre it is characterised by a wide main street, impressive stands of cool climate trees and a shopping centre which mixes shops from the 1950s to modern supermarkets.
Australia’s prehistoric past is within reach at the incredible Wellington Caves. Here you’ll learn about the megafauna that once roamed the land and the miners who mined the Phosphate Mine 100 years ago. The cave also features a 15m tall stalagmite and many delicate dripping stalactites.
For adventurers Lake Burrendong or ‘The Dam’ as it’s known to locals is the place to water ski and wakeboard. Pack the reels, rods and tackle box and you may just take home the ‘big one’ or kayak the gently winding waterways of the Macquarie River.
In the 2,123 hectare Mount Arthur Reserve, there are six marked walking trails from 30 minutes to a half day trek all delivering spectacular views of the surrounding valley. The 164 hectare Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum boasts Fern Gully, a man-made rainforest, enjoy the tranquillity of the Osawano Japanese Gardens or head to the heart of town, put your feet up and enjoy a relaxed picnic in Cameron Park
Bushwalking Mr Arthur Reserve, Wellington