Dubbo Area and the Great Western Plains

For unforgettable experiences, the Great Western Plains is breathtaking in its wonder. This diverse region in Country NSW is between the Great Dividing Range and the outback. At the heart of this beautiful region in the Macquarie Valley is Dubbo, which is five hours’ drive northwest of Sydney.

You can also take a train or fly to this vibrant regional city, an excellent base for family adventures and home to the open-range Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The award-winning sanctuary houses hundreds of animals from around the world, and the new African lion precinct, Lion Pride Lands, is an exciting experience.

Giraffes encounter at Taronga Western Plains Zoo - Dubbo

You’ll be delighted with the many other things to do, including exploring colonial and Aboriginal heritage, bushwalking in the Warrumbungles, kayaking with Adventure Watersports on the Macquarie River, wine tasting, and stargazing at brilliant night skies. Places to stay suit various budgets and check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and markets.

In Dubbo, enjoy a picnic at the tranquil Shoyoen Garden in the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden, take a guided tour of the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol and visit Western Plains Cultural Centre, a museum and a gallery. You can gaze at the stars at Dubbo Observatory. Explore indigenous cultural heritage at Terramungamine Rock Grooves and with the Aboriginal-led First Lesson Cultural Tours.

Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden

Farther afield are charming historical towns, prehistoric fossil sites, aerial adventures and national park wilderness. In Wellington, southeast of Dubbo, enjoy a drink at the Lion of Waterloo Tavern, built in 1841, and visit the Oxley Museum, named after the early colonial explorer John Oxley.

At the Wellington Caves megafauna fossils two million years’ old were found in 1830, attracting Charles Darwin’s attention. Replica fossils are at the site now to preserve the originals. Join a tour of the caves and phosphate mine and learn more about this important scientific discovery.

West of Dubbo is Narromine, home to the Narromine Aviation Museum where you can experience the thrill of tandem glider and ultralight flights. North of Dubbo is Gilgandra, where you’ll find pioneering history at the Gilgandra Rural Museum. A scenic drive northeast is iconic Warrumbungle National Park and Warrumbungle Observatory, which offers a 90-minute astronomy show.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Thursday 31 May 2018 , Wellington

    Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy has won the major art prize twice in the Wellington Quota Art Competition. People enter this competition from other areas and states from around Australia, the Wellington Quota Art Competition holds a hi…

    29 May - 31 May
  2. Trangie Cotton Gin Tours: Seasonal Event

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Wednesday 30 January 2019 , Narromine

    Each day from April till late September you can do a tour of the local Cotton Gin. Each morning they meet in the camp kitchen for a talk on how cotton is grown with samples which lasts for about half an hour, then they drive out to the l…

    29 May - 30 Jan
  3. Dubbo Parkrun

    Saturday 02 June 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Dubbo

    Dubbo parkrun is a free, timed, five kilometre run/walk put on by the community for the community. Dubbo parkrun offers an opportunity for all members of the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular bas…

    02 Jun - 01 Dec