Wellington was discovered in 1817 by New South Wales Surveyor General John Oxley. The first convict settlement was established in 1823 by Lieutenant Percy Simpson. Wellington was named after the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Wellington is the second oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, with Bathurst being the first.

The traditional Aboriginal Binjang People of the Wiradjuri Nation is known to have lived in the Wellington Valley for more than 25000 years. Many of their descendants still live in and around Wellington.

Wellington is the major centre between the Central Western towns of Orange and Dubbo and is four and a half hours drive from Sydney on the Mitchell Highway.

Major attractions in and around Wellington include the Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine, Wellington-Osawano Japanese Gardens, Mt Arthur Reserve, Lake Burrendong and Lake Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

Quick Facts

Wellington is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Western Plains Regional  in New South Wales, it is located approximately 257kms from the capital Sydney and extends over an area of 15.925 square kilometres. Wellington has a recorded population of 4077 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney.

If you are planning a visit to Wellington we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Wellington and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.