Region: Central West

The Central West is an area which gradually changes from rolling agricultural land into the harsh, roughness of the arid western region of New South Wales. The earliest inland towns in mainland Australia and many significant historic places relating to its gold rush days are to be found in the Central West.

The eastern section covers a wide diversity of Australian history from the historical towns and architecture as well as Australia’Äôs pioneering past in places such as Bathurst, Gulgong and Sofala, to the food, wine and hospitality areas of Cowra, Orange and Mudgee.

In between are many fascinating and varied attractions like the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and the Radio Telescope in Parkes, which was used to track man’Äôs first walk on the moon. Bathurst was Australia’Äôs first major inland city and was the focus of Australia’Äôs first gold rush in 1851. Today the city is best known for Mt. Panorama motor racing circuit, which hosts Australia’Äôs premier motor car race each year in October.

How To Get There

By road: west from Sydney via Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains. The major towns and cities of the region are connected to Sydney by rail. The lines are serviced by XPT trains.

Best Time To Go

The Central West experiences a temperate climate, so there is no specific time of the year to avoid. Summers are warm to hot, winters have cooler day temperatures with some occurrences of early morning frost and occasionally snow.



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