Dubbo

A vibrant regional city, Dubbo will delight you with its rich pastoral history, delicious food and wine, fascinating museums and galleries, and award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Enjoy cycling along the banks of the Macquarie River and picnics in beautiful gardens and parklands.

At the heart of the Great Western Plains region in the Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is where the Newell, Mitchell and Golden Highways meet. From Sydney the drive northwest to Dubbo is five hours, and there are trains and flights to this popular holiday destination in Country NSW.

Billabong Camp - Taronga Western Plains Zoo - Dubbo

Explore the city on the Dubbo Heritage Walk and discover pioneers, bushrangers and ornate buildings. On the walk is Old Dubbo Gaol, a museum with a chilling night experience. Tours are available of heritage areas and surrounds. First Lesson Cultural Tours will take you on a journey into traditional Aboriginal culture, and Trike Adventures offer three-wheel tours of pubs and wineries.

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options – you can even stay at the Zoo. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and exhibitions. Western Plains Cultural Centre is both a museum and a gallery and the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden is a gorgeous spot for picnics.

Western Plains Cultural Centre - Dubbo

Fertile valley soils support farms and vineyards. Visit the cellar doors at Red Earth Estate Vineyard and Tombstone Estate Vineyard and taste a range of elegant red and white wines. You can savour fresh local produce at Dubbo Farmers Market and the Riverside Markets.

A riverside treat for cyclists is the Tracker Riley Cycleway, a 13 km looped pathway. A short drive from the city centre is Beni State Conservation Area, where you’ll find shared cycling and walking trails among the ironbark, wattle and cypress trees, and the Two Dams picnic ground.

Passengers

Flying into Dubbo City Regional Airport

Dubbo Airport is located 5km 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 ExpressQantasFlyPelican and Jetgo Australia. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Dubbo.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Ridgecrest Teen Ski Camp

    Friday 23 February 2018 to Sunday 25 February 2018 ,

    Come and enjoy a weekend of water-skiing and other water sports at beautiful Lake Burrendong, staying at Ridgecrest Camping facilities. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an experienced skier - they have boats for all abilities. For …

    23 Feb - 25 Feb
  2. Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy

    Monday 26 February 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…

    26 Feb - 31 May
  3. Vintage Fair Street Parade

    Saturday 03 March 2018 , Wellington

    The Vintage Fair is a much loved annual event held at the Wellington Showground. The Vintage Fair Street Parade is a celebration and display of the antique engines and cars and takes place on the Saturday before the fair. The Vintage Fair …

    03 Mar
  4. Dubbo Parkrun

    Saturday 03 March 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…

    03 Mar - 01 Dec
  5. Dubbo Farmers Market

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018 , Dubbo

    The Dubbo Farmers Markets, held on the first and third Saturday of every month, is a showcase of the region's produce, fresh from the soils and water basins of the Macquarie Valley and beyond. Kick start your morning with the smooth flavour…

    03 Mar - 15 Dec
  6. Wellington Vintage Fair and Swap Meet

    Sunday 04 March 2018 , Wellington

    The Wellington Vintage Fair and Swap Meet is an annual event. Vintage Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Engines, Swap Meet and more. Gates open at 7am. Activities on the day from 8am include market and food stalls, Cobb and Co Carriage rides, children'…

    04 Mar