Dubbo Area


Family holidays in and around Dubbo

A range of accommodation and kid-friendly attractions make Dubbo a great family holiday destination and an excellent base for exploring the Central West region of NSW. A highlight for kids and adults is the open-range Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

  • Dubbo Macquarie River
  • Giraffes at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

About Dubbo Area

The Dubbo area is the perfect spot in Country NSW for a family holiday. Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo is a major attraction for visitors to the area. This 300-hectare open-range sanctuary houses more than 700 animals, including many rare and endangered species. It's the only place in Australia where you can see African elephants. It's also one of the few zoos that you can explore on foot or by bike, cart or car. Start at the free Savannah Visitor Plaza, where you can plan your zoo excursion, stop at the cafe and let the kids have fun in the playground.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Dubbo area. Take a heritage walk to admire Dubbo's historic buildings or visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre. Check out Old Dubbo Gaol, which re-creates 19th-century prison life. Enjoy lunch at tranquil Shoyoen Sister City Garden or a relaxing horse-riding lesson at the Western Plains Riding Centre.

At Narromine, learn about gliding and Australian aviation at the Narromine Aviation Museum or visit the spectacular Wellington Caves in Wellington. Historic Gilgandra has much to teach about pioneering and Aboriginal history. From there, it's easy to get to Warrumbungle National Park.

Flying into Dubbo City Regional Airport

Dubbo Airport is located 5 km from Dubbo’s town centre on the Mitchell Highway. Use the taxi services available at the front of the terminal to take the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Choose from more than 180 weekly scheduled flights to and from Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, Broken Hill and Cobar with Regional Express, Qantas, FlyPelican and Jetgo Australia. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Dubbo.


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Local areas

  • Dubbo Dubbo combines a rich pastoral history with great food and wine, parklands, museums and Taronga Western Plai
  • Gilgandra North of Gilgandra, the majestic Warrumbungles boasts forested ridges, barren spires, deep gorges and walking trails
  • Narromine As well as delicious produce and beautiful flower farms, Narromine is rich in aviation history.
  • Wellington At Wellington Caves, see Cathedral Cave's huge stalagmite and Gaden Cave's unusual and beautiful cave coral.