Wellington is surrounded by rural villages, each containing their own history and providing the region with those unique events that you can only experience in close country communities. Explore the scenic beauty of Bald Hill, join in the fun of Mumbil's ChuckAkubra competition or pan for gold at Stuart Town.
Euchareena is a quaint country village where history and community run deep situated about 50 kilometres from Wellington. While there are only 20 houses in the village, it is surrounded by hectares of farmland producing sheep, cattle and canola.
A number of original buildings still stand dating back to the time the village was formed in 1834 including the Euchareena School, which is one of only a few 'beehive buildings' still standing in Australia.
Situated at the foot of Bald Hill, Geurie is a charming village 22 kilometres from Wellington. Geurie boasts Australia's biggest Fuzzy Box Tree (Eucalyptus Conica) standing at 15.5 metres high with a circumference of 6.2 metres.
A popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, Bald Hill Reserve offers scenic bushwalking and mountain biking. While the village itself provides ample entertainment with a range of events throughout the year including picnic races, pony club meets and weekends of campdrafting action.
Mumbil is ideally positioned 25 kilometres from Wellington as the gateway to the water playground of Lake Burrendong, with bird watching and fishing being popular pursuits on the lake.
Mumbil's annual event, the Black Wattle Fair and its unique ChukAkubra competition sees people converge on the village each year.
Originally known as Ironbarks and made famous by Banjo Paterson's iconic Aussie poem 'The Man from Ironbark', Stuart Town is a village steeped in history. Located 34 kilometres southeast of Wellington, the village is home to 300 people and is an agricultural centre with a reputation for growing great peaches and other stone fruit.
Visitors can explore a slice of colonial history by going gold panning in creeks on the village common, exploring former farming tools at the Open Air Museum, taking a heritage walk or visiting the Rural Transaction Centre.
Situated 40 kilometres from Wellington, Yeoval was once home to A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson whose life is celebrated each year during the three-day Mulga Bill Festival.
Yeoval offers some great picnic spots at the Banjo Paterson Bush Park, the interesting abstract face of the famous English sculptor Henry Moore and the Bikes in Tress and Sculptures on Bikes, which can be seen along roads coming from all four directions into the village.