Spotlight on the Wellington Region

A great place to live and work

Nestled at the foothills of the Mt Arthur Reserve on the banks of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers, Wellington is the second-oldest town west of the Blue Mountains. The charming town of Wellington is only a four-hour drive away from Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle. It is central to the major regional centres of Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee and Parkes.

Growth Industries & Job Opportunities in the Wellington region:

Agriculture is the key industry in the Wellington Region, with the steeper land to the east supporting mainly grazing activities and the gentle undulating land to the west supporting mainly cereal production.

Mining exploration activity is of continuing interest, with a number of ‘hard rock’ mineral deposits within the local government area.

The current expansion of the Wellington Correctional Centre will see a number of job opportunities created in the Wellington region. The expansion is expected to be completed in the next 12 months and is set to see the number of employees at the facility double.

Major Attractions:

The Wellington Caves Complex

Caves in the Wellington Region

The Wellington Caves Complex offers three different guided tours; the Cathedral Cave, the Gaden Cave and the Phosphate Mine. The tours are conducted daily and each take around 1 hour to complete.


Burrendong Dam

Burrendong Dam is a popular inland sport and recreation destination, offering year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. The lake foreshores are home to two caravan parks, an arboretum, and a popular NSW Sport and Recreation Centre. The main purpose of the dam is to supply irrigation, stock and household needs in the Macquarie Valley, and environmental flows to the Macquarie Marshes.

Mt Arthur Reserve

Mt Arthur Reserve provides for picnicking, bushwalking, horse riding and bike riding, and is also popular with birdwatchers and botany enthusiasts.Seven marked walking trails, varying in length and difficulty, are available within the Reserve. There are many scenic vantage points with views over Wellington, the valley and the Bell and Macquarie rivers.  Over 400 native plant species have been recorded within the Reserve, including plants typical of the drier western plains mixed with tableland and western slopes species. In particular, the Reserve is known for its diversity of terrestrial orchids, with over 36 species recorded. The Reserve also provides important habitat for threatened flora and fauna species.


Upcoming Events:

Wellington Bicentenary Beer Can Regatta – Lake Burrendong

Australia Day, 26 January 2017

A range of different categories will be contested on the day including a Wellington Boot toss, soft drink can boat race (under 18s), goon bag boat race, beer can solo race and beer can team race.

The competition will see hand made boats take to the water to see which ones survive and if so, who can compete the course the quickest.

Wellington Boot Racing Carnival – Wellington Racecourse

Sunday 12 March 2017


‘The Boot’ as it is known locally is one of the biggest country race meetings in New South Wales. The weekend includes the Wellington RSL Calcutta and Miss Wellington Boot, Fashions-on-the-Field competition, betting ring and full TAB facilities.

Races during The Wellington Boot Racing Carnival are held over two days with significant prize money available to participants. Other events over the weekend include the Calcutta dinner at the Wellington Soldier’s Memorial Club, the Miss Wellington Boot Competition and the Fashions on the Field Competition. Best to book early for this weekend as there is high demand for accommodation for this event.

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