Located in the heart of NSW, halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane, Dubbo makes an ideal interstate breather.
Get set for a holiday to remember. Switch off the screen and turn on the adventure. Make your escape to explore and experience the Dubbo Region.
You’ve waited, you’ve dreamt and you remember how it felt when you last went on a real adventure – it’s time you recaptured that feeling. Make your escape to explore and experience the Dubbo Region.
Affectionately known as ‘the city of smiles’, Dubbo is a thriving regional centre with all the advantages of a city on the rise. Just 30 minutes away via the Mitchell Highway is the charming town of Wellington, offering breathtaking natural beauty and a rich history, delivered with a dose of old-fashioned country charm.
Where the wild things are
Don’t circle the globe to catch up with creatures great and small, the wilds are waiting at Taronga Western Plains Zoo! Stare across the savannahs of Africa where giraffe, zebra and rhinos roam, gaze into the jungles of Asia where graceful elephants lumber and big cats slumber. Peek through the Aussie bush and check in with the resident roos, emu and koalas and stop in at the Lion Pride Lands to listen for the roar of the King of the Jungle.
Where time has stood still
Peek into the past in Dubbo, with pockets of preserved history waiting to be explored. Head behind the bars of Old Dubbo Gaol and experience 19th century prison life. Wander through the cellblocks and sandstones walls, gaze upon the haunting gallows and take in the bird’s eye view from the watchtower.
Marvel at the simplicity of 1840s life at Dundullimal Homestead, the oldest surviving slab house in Australia. Meander through the stables, sheds and the historic chapel and take a deep breath of fresh air in the charming country setting.
Where the road is one less travelled
The nearby town of Wellington will take you back to nature. Stand on top of the world and gaze across the rambling Aussie bush at Mount Arthur Reserve. Or take the time to wander the 164 hectare Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, where the man-made rainforest Fern Gully offers an oasis under a sweeping thatched canopy.
Delve into the underground at the Wellington Caves, where caverns of crystals and fossils are sure to amaze. With two caves and a century old mine to explore, it’s like finding another world just below the surface.
Where you will find the best stories
Touch down into the world of an Australian icon at the Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience. Discover the history of the heroic doctors, nurses and pilots servicing the world’s largest waiting room – the Aussie outback. Interactive displays and augmented reality immerse you in the story of the Flying Doctor assisting more than 292,000 people every year – that’s 1 person every 2 minutes!
Western Plains Cultural Centre is the City’s heart of art and culture, where stories of love, loss, growth, family and more are explored through the lens of artistic expression. Wander the exhibitions in the Gallery before you uncover the Region’s history in the Museum featuring artefacts from Dubbo’s past.
Where you set the pace
Savour the sights, sounds and spectacular natural beauty surrounding you in the green spaces of the region. Stroll through cherry blossom trees and feed the koi fish at the Dubbo Regional Botanic 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.
Revel in time with those closest to you on an adventure where you can lose the city lights and reach for the stars at the amazing Dubbo Observatory.
It takes a moment to feel at home, but a lifetime to explore, so what are you waiting for? Visit the Dubbo Region and see why people keep returning year after year.