Known as the “gliding capital of Australia”, Narromine draws aviation enthusiasts from near and far. Gliders fill the skies in a picturesque tribute to the region’s aeronautical history, soaring over wheat and citrus fields dotting the countryside. The Macquarie River streams through town alongside tranquil parks, while national parks sit nearby.
Things to do
The Narromine Aviation Museum holds an intriguing collection of aviation memorabilia, vintage aircraft, artefacts and photographs. It’s located within the historic aerodrome, a training facility for pilots during World War II, and is home to Australia’s first country aero club. You can tour the museum’s 1907 Wright Flyer Model A and then stroll the grounds and aircraft hangars.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Learn to operate a motor glider, ultralight or sailplane with experienced guides. If you’re feeling adventurous, take an introductory sightseeing flight or sign up for lessons during a longer stay in Narromine.
The town’s other moniker, “Town of Champions”, heralds the accomplishments of famous sportspersons born in Narromine, including cricketer Glenn McGrath and sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor. Walk through Tom Perry Park to view the life-sized bronze statue of McGrath and have a picnic among the kurrajong trees.
The Narromine Shire extends to include the town of Trangie, which has a collection of cosy country pubs. It’s also home to the Wungunja Cultural Centre’s Aboriginal art and culture. For chance encounters with wallabies, wedge-tailed eagles and echidna anteaters, visit Coloma Lookout and Goobang National Park, about one hour from Narromine by car.
Narromine is about 35 minutes from Dubbo Airport, where you can rent a car. Buses provide transportation to nearby towns, while taxi services are available.