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Western NSW

A small scenic country town, known for the spectacular Wellington Caves.

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Location

Wellington is located at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell rivers. It is about 350 km (4 hr 30 min drive) from Sydney. The major regional centre of Dubbo is 50 km (40 min drive) to the north west of Wellington.

Wellington is the second oldest NSW settlement west of the Blue Mountains, it is now a bustling commercial centre for the surrounding agricultural district.

How to get there

The closest commercial airport is Dubbo Regional Airport (60 km away). Regular flights to Sydney are available with Qantas or Regional Express (REX), and other destinations with JetGo and FlyPelican.

Wellington station is served by a daily NSW TrainLink XPT service which runs between Sydney and Dubbo. Countrylink offers a daily coach service that connects Lithgow to Wellington. There is also a return bus service to Dubbo.

Population

Wellington has a population of just over 4500 people, the median age of residents is 44 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 26% of the population.

Wellington is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Wellington Health Service is a small public hospital with less than 30 beds. It has an emergency department.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Wellington staffed by full time paramedics and volunteers.

Accredited GP practices

  • Swift Street Medical Centre
  • Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents in Wellington are: correctional and detention services, aged care residential services, local government administration, retail and takeaway food services.
  • Education

Wellington has public and private primary and secondary schools: TAFE Western Wellington College offers general education courses, along with trade and industry programs.
  • Childcare

For young families Wellington offers a long day care centre.
  • Shopping

Shopping in Wellington ranges from supermarkets (Woolworths and Coles), to specialty and boutique stores. Wellington also offers a range of cafes, hotels and restaurants. The major regional centre of Dubbo is a 40 min drive from Wellington and offers a wide range of shopping options.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Wellington include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Anglican churches, and the Wellington Buddhist Centre. The nearest mosque is in the nearby regional centre of Dubbo.
  • Points of interest

Lake Burrendong, Wellington Caves, Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Wellington Osawano Japanese Gardens and Mount Arthur Reserve are popular local spots. The Boxing Day Races, Wellington Boot, and Vintage Fair and Swap are held annually.
  • Sporting activities

Water sports such as swimming, skiing, fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed at Lake Burrendong. PCYC Wellington offers a range of activities and programs for people of all ages, and there is also a public swimming pool for cooling off.
  • Community groups and activities

Community and service groups in Wellington include the SES, CWA, Rotary Club, PCYC and the Ambulance Service of NSW. What's on - Visit Wellington list events in the local area.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Wellington. A good place to start are the Facebook pages Wellington NSW and Wellington Times.