Dubbo is best known for Taronga Western Plains Zoo the 300-hectare zoo houses 1,500 animals, including endangered and rare species. The only place in Australia where you can see African elephants. Other highlights include heritage walk’s of Dubbo's historic buildings, Old Dubbo Gaol which has re-created a 19th century prison life. Or visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Shoyoen Sister City Garden, a traditional Japanese garden and the spectacular Wellington Caves. At nearby Narromine you can learn about the history of Australian aviation and gliding.
Mudgee is famous for its wines with about 50 wineries in the area, some operating since the 1850s. Take a tour around the wineries, many in picturesque locations by the Cudgegong River. Other highlights include National Trust-listed buildings, the Pioneers Museum, Henry Laswson drive and Wollemi National Park. With just under a four-hour drive from Sydney, Mudgee has become a favourite short break destination where you can enjoy fine food, wine and the great outdoors. Mudgee is a perfect place to relax and experience the gourmet delights of the region.
Bathurst is best known for its annual motor race, the Bathurst 1000. It is also one of Australia's oldest inland settlements and is the gateway to former gold-rush towns. Visit colonial buildings and grand old homes built for wealthy graziers. Highlights include a drive on Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, visit the remains of 1800s architecture, rusting agricultural equipment and the Abercrombie Caves. With a growing wine industry and great food Bathurst has become an appealing destination. Best of all Bathurst is just a few short hours drive west of Sydney.
Orange is best known for it’s cool-climate wineries and has now become one of the most exciting wine regions in Australia. The rich volcanic soils produces rare and exotic produce which ranges from stone fruits and sheep's cheeses to fungi and grapes. Other highlights include Blayney wind farm, Carcoar Dam which is popular for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and fishing. Also enjoy country drives or admire beautiful gardens in season. Don't miss great food and wine events in Orange held in April showcasing local wine, food, arts and culture. October's Orange Wine Week is another celebration of local produce.
Griffith is best known for the endless list of award winning wineries, with the Easter Wine and Food festival one of the biggest events of the year. The area proudly identifies with its Italian migrant heritage, with fine Italian food and wine. Entice your palate with a visit to some of the renowned wineries in the region, including De Bortoli Wines, McWilliam's Hanwood Estate and Melange Wines. Other activities include sailing, fishing or take a scenic river drive around Lake Talbot. View rare and endangered birds that migrate here during the winter.
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