The Central West is home to a diverse range of tourist attractions that will appeal to the whole family.
Obley Rd, Dubbo
(02) 6881 1400
Open daily: 9am to 4pm
Find yourself surrounded by magnificent wildlife in wide open plains. Walk, ride or drive around on hired bikes or carts. You can even stay the night at Zoofari Lodge or Billabong Camp. The Zoo offers a range of daily activities including talks, tours and encounters. The free-access Savannah Visitor Plaza includes a shop, cafe and playground overlooking the Savannah Lake and Primate Islands.
Cnr Oxford St & Newell Hwy, Forbes
Adults $12 / Seniors $10 / Children 5-15yrs $5 / U-5 Free / Family of four $25
(02) 6853 3001
Open daily: 9am-5pm
Step back in time at McFeeters Motor Museum and admire the vast collection of meticulously restored motor cars. Cars range from veterans to custom cars, rare, common, and the just down-right bizarre!
The complex houses a cafe, gift shop and cellar door showcasing regional wines. Whether you are a car enthusiast, architectural buff or just travelling through, we have something to interest everyone.
Railway Station, Union Street
(02) 6852 4155
9am to 4pm
Hearty food baskets, art from the heart, friends that are country at heart and heart racing adventures are waiting for you in Forbes.
Condobolin Visitor Information Centre
18 William St
Condobolin NSW 2877
Just 100 kilometres west of Parkes, Lachlan Shire – The Heart of NSW – is well known for its natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and relaxed bush lifestyle.
Our towns and villages capture the essence of life in the bush with unique features and attractions to explore. So reach for your hat, pull on your boots and be prepared to trek through our red dirt to see some of the most beautiful country in Australia.
Ken Nakajima Place, Cowra
(02) 6341 2233
Adults $15 / Seniors $13 /
Students $13 / Children $8 /
Families $40 (two adults and school aged children)
8.30am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day)
The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is a registered cultural organisation, and is classified by the National Trust as ‘A place of Cultural, Architectural and Historic Significance to be preserved for present and future generations.’
There are numerous Japanese Gardens throughout the world, however this Garden is more than just a Garden, it is a powerful symbol of good will, encouraging reconciliation and peace.
The Cowra Japanese Garden covers 5 hectares – the largest in the southern hemisphere! It was built here because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. The unique relationship of Cowra and Japan originated on a cold night in August 1944, when more than a thousand Japanese prisoners of war broke out of the prison camp.
Olympic Park, Mid Western Highway
(02) 6342 4333
Discover Cowra and discover a wealth of experiences – the great outdoors, vineyards, adventure and hot air ballooning.
Cowra has a number of true country experiences from relaxing along the extensive waterways to exploring the tranquil Japanese Garden. Take a trip down memory lane and experience Cowra’s fascinating history, from the days of steam trains to the largest Prisoner Of War breakout in modern military history.
Food and wine buffs can tour Cowra’s boutique vineyards to sample the superb local food and wine available. Where better to enjoy fine wine and delicious food than right in the heart of where it is actually produced.
Cowra has a vibrant and expanding retail and commercial centre. It boasts the services you would expect to find in a larger town while still retaining that wonderful feeling of country hospitality.
Orange Visitor Information Centre
149 Byng St, Orange
1800 069 466
9am to 5pm
Orange produces delicious local produce including beef, lamb, fruits and wine. The city is also rich in local history, has a flourishing cultural scene, features beautiful parks and gardens, and is surrounded by natural attractions.
You can find further information about the Central West at visitnsw.com