Dubbo nearby small Towns, Villages and areas of interest
- Central West NSW
Situated on the Dunedoo Road/Golden Highway. A rural area - organic farming, tomatoes.
In it's early days important products to Ballimore were - Wheat, kerosene shale and coal and natural soda water.
Dubbo is surrounded by a number of small towns - picturesque villages in the rural heartland of the Dubbo district.
In the 1880s whilst searching for coal deposits an underground spring - actually artesian water, was discovered. Since that time a bore with drinkable water has been flowing. At one point there was a bottling operation and remnants of pipes protruding from the ground are still visible. The bore is about seven kilometres north-east of Ballimore on private property.
Many streets in Ballimore are named after old varieties of the Wheat that was so important to their early economy.
Situated on the Dunedoo Road/Golden Highway, past Ballimore. Here you will find Murrungundy Pistachios - a small family farm located at Elong Elong. 1 hour north of Mudgee and 35 minutes from Wellington in the Central West of NSW -
Situated on the Newell Highway between Brocklehurst and Gilgandra this small village evolved from a roadside inn/store known as The Coalbaggie Inn that was established in 1874. A small settlement grew between 1872 and 1881 as various selectors took up land surrounding the inn. The original settlement being named after the Inn - Coalbaggie.
The railway arrived in 1901 and a timber mill opened on the line at Coalbaggie Creek and other development was spurred on.
The village was dedicated as Eumungerie in 1904 - Eumungerie being and Aboriginal word for quandong, a native peach tree.
Brocklehurst is five kilometres north of Dubbo on the Newell Highway towards Gilgandra. Brocklehurst is one of the earliest villages in the region and is noted for the early Aboriginal history of the important Munga tribe; many artifacts and carved trees have been found in the area.
At the junction of the Newell Highway & Tomingley/Narromine Road
On the Mitchell Highway heading to Geurie and Wellington.
Wongarbon is located 13 km from Dubbo on the Mitchell Highway.
The original village was named Murrumbidgerie Run, and was the earliest white settlement in the Dubbo district.
Sometime between 1880-1886 it was moved to its present site by the railway line and Murrumbidgerie Village was proclaimed on October 20, 1888.
On July 1, 1908, it was officially re-named Wongarbon after an Aboriginal tribe native to the district.
The area surrounding Wongarbon has rich red soils very suitable for agriculture, fat lambs and Kurrajong trees.
Located in the village is local artist, Brett Garling, who creates figurative sculptures cast in bronze.
Known for his stunning landscapes and elaborate bronze sculptures, his works are highly sought after by investors and private collectors world-wide. You are welcome to experience the gallery and gardens and see first hand how a sculpture is created and cast in bronze in Brett's studio.
The Gallery is located in the historic Western Stores Buildings, Wongarbon, just 13 kilometres from Dubbo on the Mitchell Highway.
The quaint village of Tomingley is adjacent to the entry of Goobang National Park. which offers some fantastic 4WD tracks and scenic bushwalking tracks set amongst 42,000ha. Camping grounds, basic facilities and picnic areas are also available.
Tomingley Picnic Races are held in April.
Tomingley Cross Roads Hotel offers quality meals and country hospitality but NO accommodation.
Tomingley Cross Roads Hotel - Quiet country hotel specialising in country hospitality and quality meals. No Accommodation.
In the 19th century, to the south of Dubbo there were a number of very large properties known as 'Runs'.
The majority of the homesteads on these historic 'runs' no longer exist.
The small centres of Cumboogle, Toongi, The Springs and Terrabella have survived, consisting mainly of a hall, church, school, or sporting ground.
Cumboogle - an Aboriginal name meaning "a kind of manna on gum leaves OR sweet scented gum".
Being just a leisurely distance to Dubbo this area now largely consists of small acreage subdivisions.
Terrabella - Duncan McKillop built Terra Bella homestead with Macquarie sandstone walls 70 cm thick - the sandstone sourced from a quarry about two miles away on the northern side of the Macquarie river. It is one of the finest dwellings in the Dubbo region
The Springs - A delightful old timber homestead consisting of10 rooms - a wide hall, drawing room, parlour, dining room, bedrooms and office - built C 1857.
It was first considered to use the "The Springs" homestead for the filming of “Outback House” - "Oxley Downs" - a living history TV programme presented on Australian Television in June/July 2005 with 21st century people selected to live in the style of 1861 for a period of 3 months. However it was realized that it would be cheaper to rebuild the set on the property rather than alter the existing buildings and then have to restore them after filming.
To the west of Dubbo are numerous small rural centres such as Dickygundi, Minore, and Whylandra Crossing.
With better road, bridges and faster transport arriving these small communities did not develop beyond a hall, church, school, and sporting ground.