In the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is a vibrant regional city by the majestic Macquarie River. Discover wonderful experiences, from the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo to museums, gorgeous gardens and fun activities.
Things to do
The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals including rhinos and big cats. You can walk, drive or ride around the Zoo's five kilometre circuit and enjoy daily keeper activities.
In the city centre is the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol, which has Australia’s largest collection of hangman’s knots. The magnificent Western Plains Cultural Centre is both a gallery and a museum and the Dubbo Heritage Walk is a great way to admire ornate architecture and explore the stories of pioneers and bushrangers.
Explore ancient Aboriginal grinding grooves in the Terramungamine Reserve. You can take a tour to the site with Senior Wiradjuri Elder Peter Peckham on First Lesson Cultural Tours, as well as visiting a Scarred Canoe Tree and learning about bush medicine and bush tucker.
Go stargazing at Dubbo Observatory and see the constellations through powerful telescopes. You can also join a astrophotography session and take beautiful pictures of the stars. Another great attraction is the iconic Royal Flying Doctors, where you can board a flight simulator.
Eating and drinking
Stop by one of the classic country pubs for refreshments, such as the 1882-built Milestone Hotel. There are quality restaurants like Veltd and charming cafes – try the gourmet pies at the Village Bakery Café, family operated since 1918. You can also enjoy wine tasting at the Red Earth Estate Vineyard
Getting there are where to stay
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit various budgets – you can even stay at the zoo. The city is located where the Newell, Mitchell and Golden highways meet in the Great Western Plains region of NSW. The drive northwest from Sydney is five hours. You can also fly to Dubbo or take a scenic train trip and arrive at the heritage-listed station, which opened in 1881.