Move away from coastal NSW and you may be pleasantly surprised. The area around Dubbo is packed with an unusually diverse range of things to eat, drink and experience, and if you’re in the right place at the right time, you’ll enjoy a special event or two. Read on to discover why the hinterland of NSW is a great place for touring.
The CSIRO Observatory at Parkes, NSW, was made famous by the 2000 movie, The Dish, which starred Sam Neill and shows how the tiny town played a crucial role in the Apollo moon landing. Visitors to the radio telescope can find out about all things astronomical.
Good Friday in Forbes puts the animal kingdom to work with an unusual annual day of races: yabbies, guinea pigs and camels all take to the track, though not at the same time. The town is the final resting place of the notorious bushranger Ben Hall.
The Warrumbungle National Park could be a giant, prehistoric cutlery drawer. Immense volcanic spires rise up above the bush and rolling hills, with The Breadknife one of the most striking of them all. The Grand High Tops track will take you to its base.
Gulgong is a town for fans of old buildings: 130 of its historical constructions are heritage-listed. Nearby, Mudgee sits in the midst of around 50 wineries, runs a wine festival every November, and also produces honey, venison and olives.
Somewhere near the centre of the vast NSW hinterland, Dubbo offers world-class open-range animal encounters at Western Plains Zoo, as well as an old gaol with a sound-and-light show.
For more information on caravan parks and holiday accommodation on the NSW hinterland, visit our Central Ranges region guide.