WELCOME TO NARROMINE SHIRE
Situated on the tranquil Macquarie River in the heart of the rich Macquarie Valley, Narromine provides the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the delights of country NSW.
The Shire covers an area of 5,269km2 within central New South Wales and has a population of
approximately 6,872. The Shire is home to the townships of Narromine (population 3500), Trangie
(population 1,000) 35km to the west, and Tomingley (population 50) 35km to the south.
The Shire is a predominantly rural area, renowned for crops such as wheat, barley, maize, oats, canola,
soy bean, sorghum, lucerne and cotton, which contribute significantly to agricultural output of the area.
Other farm enterprises include stone fruit, citrus fruit, commercial lime orchard and olive trees.
The area also produces prime lambs, wool and cattle. Commercial nurseries and research facilities at Narromine support the national forestry and vegetable industries and Trangie Research Centre is one of
the largest broadacre agricultural research centres in Australia.
While the town may be renowned for its agriculture, friendly locals and bucolic charm, it’s the aeronautical history that wins over visitors’ year after year.
The Narromine Aerodrome is home to the oldest Aero Club in regional Australia and houses the famous Narromine Aviation Museum. Enjoy a captivating exhibition of artefacts, documents and photographs which tell the story of aviation as it evolved at one of Australia’s most historic aerodromes. Stroll around the wartime parade ground and precinct, see two original aircraft hangers and get a close up view of the spectacular full scale replica of the Wright Brothers Model A Flyer which takes prime position at the aerodrome.
Narromine is a compact town which has grown into a culturally diverse and vibrant hotspot. While remaining relaxed and unpretentious, the town offers a small wealth of high-end boutiques, unique eateries and exciting attractions.
If you’re looking to please a crowd the Andonbel Alpaca Coffee Shop will do the trick. Feed the alpacas, sip on a coffee, bite into some tasty homemade cuisine or browse a range of unique Australian Alpaca clothing.
Narromine’s charming Iris Farm should also be on your must-do list. Once an old bull yard, the three acre site now boasts over 1200 beautiful tall bearded iris, in full bloom from September to November.
For art lovers, Soul Food Design Depot & Gallery features artists from throughout regional NSW and across Australia. A very distinctive arrangement of curated home wares compliments the various mediums of art on exhibition. Enjoy an espresso coffee while you browse the exhibition.
A hub for nature lovers, with wetlands, lakes and wildlife in abundance, Narromine is home to beautiful gardens and reserves. Be bowled over by the life-size statue of former International cricket star and Narromine resident, Glenn McGrath.
Lose yourself in the stories of local Aboriginal Elders at the Museum and Meeting Place or delve into the history of the area at the Local History Room.
Narromine enjoys the facilities of four Clubs - United Services Memorial Club, Bowling Club, Golf Club, Aero Club; as well as fantastic country hotels – Court House Hotel, Imperial Stay, Narromine Hotel and Royal Hotel.
And at the end of the day, when you are looking for somewhere to lay your head, the Narromine region offers a wide choice of accommodation options from hotels, motels and B&B’s to caravan parks and farmstays.
things to see and do
- The sky is the limit with a glider flight at Narromine Aerodrome
- Be captivated by the history at the Narromine Aviation Museum
- Stop and smell the flowers at Narromine Iris Farm
- Wander through the art gallery at Soul Food Design Depot & Gallery
- Enjoy the tranquillity of the Macquarie River – throw in a line whilst enjoying a picnic
- Experience everything Alpacas at Andonbel Alpaca Farm and Coffee Shop
- Trek along the walking tracks in Goobang National Park – spectacular scenery from breathtaking heights
- Browse the collection of locally crafted gifts on offer in Narromine and Trangie craft shops
- Visit the historic country pubs in Trangie – dating back to the early 1900’s
- Stop and enjoy a break in one of the Shire’s picturesque parks
- Observe one of the oldest churches in the Shire – Dandaloo Church (circa 1888) located on its original site at Dandaloo (near Trangie)
For more information, collect a copy of the Narromine Shire Visitor Guide from the Visitor Information Centre and explore the region.
A short drive west of Narromine along the pathway to the Macquarie Marshes is Trangie – a small town of 1,000, filled with interesting, spirited people who are passionate about their community.
Steeped in history dating back to Cobb & Co, Trangie’s landscape provides a tangible link to the towns pioneering spirit.
This quaint township is set along the Macquarie River, with authentic country pubs that exude old world charm and all dating back to the early 1900’s. Trangie also enjoys the facilities of two first rate clubs; Trangie Bowling Club and the Trangie United Services Memorial Club and surprising local shops.
Trangie is an agricultural centre that grew with the wool industry. Cotton is now grown in the area and extensive plantings can be seen from the highway. Auscott and Namoi Cotton Gins are located a short distance from the town and are operational from early April to July.
While in Trangie, take time to relax by Goan Waterhole which is home to the “Big Billy”. The waterhole is a great place to picnic with BBQs, shelters and restroom facilities.
Tomingley is a village of only 50 people, but a convenient place to stop and stretch your legs when making the journey along the Newell Highway. The gateway to Narromine Shire, Tomingley is popular for its pub meals and picnic area. Time your trip right and you can enjoy a day at the races or visit the historic gold mine.
Right on Tomingley’s doorstep is the 42,000ha Goobang National Park, renowned for its stunning lookouts and spiritual ambience Goobang is one of the region’s best kept secrets for campers, bushwalkers, birdlovers and picnickers. With basic facilities and gas barbecues, Goobang is popular with 4WD enthusiasts. It is home to a wide range of wildlife and offers majestic views across the Hervey Ranges.
For those travelling along the Newell Highway, you can by-pass Dubbo with a detour through Narromine. Simply turn off the Newell at the village of Tomingley, experience all that Narromine has to offer, and then return to the Newell Highway just south of Gilgandra. This terrific alternate route is just 3km further than travelling through Dubbo, but ensures a more relaxed journey on flat, wide, quiet roads.
So take a break and discover Narromine Shire!
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