Located in the heart of NSW, halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane, Dubbo makes an ideal interstate breather. Relax on the lush banks of the majestic Macquarie River, enjoy that novel on-the-go or simply watch a stunning country sunset.
But first on the to-do list is the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo. With each ticket valid for two consecutive days, you have plenty of time to explore the 6km circuit, bordered by magnificent bushland with animal exhibits and picnic grounds situated along the way. Venture into distinctive wildlife habitats and get-up-close & personal with hundreds of animals from all corners of the globe.
From wide open spaces to pitch black confinement, Old Dubbo Gaol has opened its cell doors and now invites you to experience the fascinating history of prison life in the 1800s. Wander through the unique collection of 19th century buildings and artefacts, learn the stories of barbaric prison life, and take a sneak peek beyond the sandstone walls of a gaol with a history dating back two centuries.
Unearth the City’s heritage with a trip to the Western Plains Cultural Centre. View Australia’s largest and best preserved wool wagon or the recently installed carved tree – an object of great cultural significance to the local Aboriginal population. Enjoy free entry to a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions across seven gallery spaces. See how Dubbo has grown to become the City it is today when you explore the Peoples, Places and Possessions exhibition on permanent display.
Experience the tranquillity of Australian pioneering history at Dundullimal Homestead.
Wander through Australia’s oldest timber slab homestead and listen to an audio account of life in the 19th century.
The City also offers a list of nature-based things to see and do that will beautifully complement your Dubbo experience. Visit the awe-inspiring carvings of the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation; wander through cherry blossom trees and feed the Koi at the Shoyoen Garden and take in the sights and sounds of Dubbo’s picturesque river as you stroll along the Tracker Riley Cycleway meandering from the CBD out to Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
It takes a moment to feel at home, but a lifetime to explore, so what are you waiting for? Visit Dubbo and see why people keep returning to the “City of Smiles” year after year.