Attractions

Top Choice Zoo in Dubbo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

This is Dubbo's star attraction, not to mention one of the best zoos in regional Australia. You can walk the 6km circuit, ride a hire bike ($15) or drive your car, getting out at enclosures along the way. Guided wal…
Top Choice Winery in Mudgee

Lowe Vineyard

You can follow a walking and cycling trail through the orchards and vines of this idyllic organic farm, past donkeys and chickens to picnic grounds. The cellar door has tastings and a superb grazing platter ($30) of…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Orange

Mt Canobolas

Southwest of Orange, this conservation area encompasses waterfalls, views, walking trails and bike paths. Swimmer-friendly Lake Canobolas is a great place to start with plenty of picnic areas and a lakeside children…
Top Choice Gardens in Cowra

Japanese Garden

Built as a token of Cowra's connection with Japanese POWs (but with no overt mention of the war or the breakout), this tranquil 5-hectare garden and attached cultural centre are superbly presented and well worth vis…
Top Choice Museum in Bathurst

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

Don't let the dry name fool you – this place is a treasure chest full of wonder. It's home to the internationally renowned Somerville Collection: rare fossils, plus gemstones and minerals in every colour of the rain…
Top Choice Public Art in Parkes

Utes in the Paddock

About 70km from Parkes on the Condobolin road (well signposted), Utes in the Paddock is a one-of-a-kind art installation, and a quirky and fun tribute to outback life. Here, 20 iconic vehicles (only Holdens!) have b…
Top Choice Museum in Gulgong

Gulgong Pioneer Museum

This enormous, fascinating museum has one of the most eclectic and chaotic collections of artefacts in the state. Machinery, including a working 1869 Albion hand-printing press, as well as relocated cottages, clothi…
Observatory in Parkes

CSIRO Parkes Observatory

Built by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1961, this massive radio telescope (about 20km north of Parkes) is located 6km east of the Newell Hwy. It was glorified on cellu…
Landmark in Bathurst

Mt Panorama

Rev-heads will enjoy the 6.2km Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, venue for the epic Bathurst 1000 V8 race each October (which sees crowds of up to 200,000). It's a public road, so you can drive around the circuit…
Cave in Dubbo

Wellington Caves Complex

The Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine was discovered in 1830 by a colonist, George Ranken, when he accidentally fell into one of the caves. These exquisite and unusual formations, subterranean waters, marsupial …