Dubbo

Population 34318

One of Australia's fastest growing inland cities, Dubbo is most famous for its world-class open-range zoo. The city, on the banks of the Macquarie River, is thriving and prosperous with more than half a million visitors each year. Dubbo prides itself on city standards with a country smile.

Visitor Information

Cnr Newell Hwy and Macquarie St; (02) 6801 4450

www.dubbo.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Warrumbungle National Park

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  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Wellington

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  • Gilgandra

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  • Gulgong

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In Town

Western Plains Cultural Centre The centre includes the Dubbo Regional Gallery – the Armati Bequest, Dubbo Regional Museum and the Community Arts Centre. It exhibits local and national visual arts, heritage and social history. In 2007, the gallery received a generous gift from the Armati Family including Michael Riley's celebrated 'Cloud' series of photographs. To acknowledge this, the gallery was renamed the Armati Bequest. It specialises in the theme of Animals in Art, collecting works in a broad range of media and styles by artists from all areas. The museum, housed in the original Dubbo High School building, features a permanent space devoted to the story of Dubbo entitled 'People Places Possessions' and a temporary exhibition space. Closed Tues; Wingewarra Street; (02) 6801 4444.

Old Dubbo Gaol Closed as a penal institution in 1966, Old Dubbo Gaol now offers a glimpse at convict life. See the original gallows (where 8 men were hanged for murder) and solitary confinement cells, or walk along the watchtower. An amazing animatronic robot tells historical tales. There are also holograms and theatrical enactments. Macquarie St; (02) 6801 4460.

Shoyoen Sister City Garden: Japanese garden and teahouse designed and built with the support of Dubbo's sister city, Minokamo; Coronation Dr East.

Jedda Boomerangs: Aboriginal art and culture displays; also makes and sells boomerangs. Decorate your own, or take throwing lessons (bookings essential); closed Sat; Minore Rd; (02) 6882 3110.

The Clay Pan Gallery: exhibits include paintings, pottery, silver jewellery, woodturning, ceramics and local craft; closed Tues; Depot Rd.

Traintasia: detailed operating model railway display with spectator interaction; Yarrandale Rd; (02) 6884 9944.

Nearby

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Australia's first open-range zoo is set on more than 300 ha of bushland. Read More

Observatory: explore the skies via Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes. Open nightly; Camp Road; (02) 6885 3022; 5.5 km S.

Dundullimal Homestead: an 1840s restored squatter's slab-style homestead with working saddler, blacksmith and farm animals; Obley Rd; 7 km SE.

Terramungamine Rock Grooves: the 150 rock grooves were created by the Tubbagah people; Burraway Rd via Brocklehurst; 10 km N.

Narromine: agricultural centre well known for gliding and an outstanding aviation museum. The Air Pageant and Evolution of Flight Festival is held here each Sept/Oct; 40 km E.

Heritage drives and river cruises: brochures from visitor centre.

Wineries: several in region offering cellar-door tastings; brochure from visitor centre.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Rose Garden Thai Restaurant

Rose Garden Thai is the locals’ pick of the bunch for great dining in Dubbo. This authentic Thai restaurant is enjoyed as a romantic venue by couples, and for the friendly unpretentious service enjoyed by larger... Find out more


Two Doors Tapas & Wine Bar

This elegant wine bar in the heart of Dubbo is the perfect location for a light meal after a day spent exploring the area. The traditional tapas menu is faithful to local seasonal produce and there is a tempting... Find out more


Campsites around town

BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 2 km

Part of the BIG4 conglomerate, Dubbo Parklands is located on the Newell Hwy less than 2 km south of the town centre and supplies topnotch park facilities, including a recreation room with table tennis, movies and a... Find out more


Greenbah camping area 48 km

Pack your binoculars and bird-identification guide before heading to this camping area next to Greenbah Creek, as it’s a top spot for birdwatching. To reach it, turn off Trewilga–Baldry Rd onto the Sawpit... Find out more


Wanda Wandong camping area 60 km

Let the children run free in this spacious, grassy camping ground. Turn-off 4km north of Tomingley. The camping area is 18km east of the Newell Hwy. This is the best section of the park to visit if you are towing a... Find out more


Tandara Caravan Park 63 km

Located in Trangie, a friendly, small town on the Mitchell Hwy 72 km south-west of Dubbo, Tandara offers a range of accommodation including powered and unpowered tent sites, cabins and on-site vans. If you’re... Find out more


Lake Burrendong State Park camping area 68 km

Turn onto Burrendong Rd off Wellington–Orange Rd north of Mumbil, and you’ll soon find this camping area. Activities include golf, sailing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and a waterslide.... Find out more


Mookerawa Waters Park camping area 78 km

To get here, follow Mookerawa Rd for 10 km from Stuart Town, off the Wellington–Orange Rd. Facilities and activities match those at the Lake Burrendong State Park camping area, but there are no powered sites here.... Find out more


Warren Weir camping area 90 km

Warren is a laid-back country town on the Macquarie River, 80 km west of Gilgandra on the Oxley Hwy. The weir is 5 km south of town; the camping and picnicking area is on the western side, accessed via Dubbo St.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Dubbo City Holiday Park 1 km

Enjoy the sights of Dubbo from this centrally located park. It is conveniently situated on the Newell Highway about 2 km from the city centre and just a short drive from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a... Find out more


BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 2 km

This is a very good park at the southern entrance to the city, the closest to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a large selection of accommodation and very good amenities. Winter months can be very busy as... Find out more


West View Tourist Caravan Park 3 km

Located alongside the Mitchell Highway on the western approach to town, this is a convenient overnight stop. It is budget priced and dog friendly. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 46 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more


Wellington Valley Caravan Park 48 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more


Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 52 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more


Gilgandra Caravan Park 59 km

Located alongside the highway on the northern side of the Castlereagh River, this budget-priced park is set on an impressive expanse of lawn with large shady trees. Enjoy the pool, cook a barbecue or take your dog for a... Find out more


Tandara Caravan Park 63 km

This owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location. Seasonal workers in the cotton industry often stay here. It has good amenities and a well-stocked shop. This is a good, budget-priced park.... Find out more


Peak Hill Caravan Park 66 km

This owner-operated park offers a range of accommodation and is ideal for an overnight stay. It is a small, budget-priced park, located off the main highway and just a short walk from the town centre. The owners supply... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


No 95 Dubbo


After a day of touring, this stylish motel will present itself as a wonderful hideaway, with all 34 rooms tastefully furnished in modern decor and fittings. Room facilities include a king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom,... Find out more


Taronga Western Plains Zoo


If a day at the zoo just isn’t enough, these two overnight stay options will make you feel as if you’re spending a night in the African savannah. Zoofari Lodge offers canvas-covered lodges that look like... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Burrabadine rest area 8 km

8km W of Dubbo (R) or 32km E of Narromine (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.


Brocklehurst rest area 8 km

9km N of Dubbo (L) or 57km S of Gilgandra (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Terramungamine camping area 8 km

T/O 8km N of Dubbo (L) or 58km S of Gilgandra (R)

On the riverbank 4km west of the highway via Burroway Rd.


Panai rest area 13 km

39km NE of Tomingley (L) or 14km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.


Geurie rest area 26 km

24km NW of Wellington (L) or 27km SE of Dubbo (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Narromine rest area 32 km

37km NW of Dubbo (R) or 3km E of Narromine (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Tomingley Creek rest area 43 km

8km NE of Tomingley (L) or 45km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.


Apsley rest area 53 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Rosewood rest area 53 km

15km N of Peak Hill (R) or 3km SW of Tomingley (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Gilgandra park area 58 km

At Gilgandra

Under shady trees at the oval on the west side of town via Bundy St.


Trangie park area 63 km

At Trangie

Just off the highway. On the south side of town at Goan Waterhole.


Collie East rest area 67 km

22km W of Gilgandra (R) or 63km E of Warren (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.


Two Mile Creek rest area 71 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.


Bell River rest area 79 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Tooraweenah rest area 91 km

39km NE of Gilgandra (L) or 55km SW of Coonabarabran (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the turn-off into town.


Warren park area 94 km

At Warren

Just off the highway. On the east side of town at Oxley Park.


Sandy Creek rest area 95 km

7km SW of Warren (L) or 12km NE of Nevertire (R)

Well off the highway among some large shady trees.


Warren North rest area 95 km

81km SW of Gilgandra (R) or 4km NE of Warren (L)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.


Molong park area 98 km

At Molong

Just off the highway on the banks of Molong Creek.


What's on around town

Farmers' Markets: Macquarie Lions Park, 1st and 3rd Sat each month. Riverside Markets: Ollie Robbins Oval, Bligh St; 2nd Sun each month. Dubbo Show: May. 

Jazz Festival: Aug.

Multicultural Festival: Sept.

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