Top things to do

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 National Park in Coonabarabran

Warrumbungle National Park

Sitting 35km west of Coonabarabran, this 232-sq-km park has spectacular granite domes, ample bushwalking trails, plentiful wildlife and brilliant wildflower displays during spring. It's one of NSW's most beautiful p…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Mungo National Park

Walls of China

A 33km semicircle ('lunette') of sand dunes, the fabulous Walls of China has been created by the unceasing westerly wind. From the visitor centre a road leads across the dry lakebed to a car park, then it's a short …
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 Modern Australian in Millthorpe

Tonic

Classy Tonic is highly lauded for its sophisticated contemporary food that celebrates the region. Perhaps you'll start with roasted quail, followed by the Cowra lamb rack with roasted tomato tortellini? Be sure to s…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Mudgee

Zin House

The glorious Lowe Vineyard is home to this weekend highlight: long, leisurely six-course lunches of simply prepared local produce (either home-grown, or impeccably sourced). Diners share farmhouse tables in a beauti…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Mudgee

Pipeclay Pumphouse

On the grounds of the Robert Stein Winery, this farm-to-table (paddock-to-plate) stunner is the talk of Mudgee, serving to-die-for weekend breakfasts, light lunches as well as two-to-three-course and degustation din…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Orange

Lolli Redini

See Orange's finest produce wrapped in all its glory at this much-lauded restaurant (bookings essential). The matching of food with wines is well-thought-out, the setting and service are exemplary, and the kitchen c…
Top Choice Cafe in Broken Hill

Silly Goat

What's this? Pour-overs and single-origin coffee in the outback? Nice work, Silly Goat. The menu here would be at home in any big-city cafe, the array of cakes is tempting, the coffee is great, and the vibe is busy …