Dubbo in New South Wales is a major regional service centre. Set in the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is a vibrant city by the majestic Macquarie River. Dubbo has become a vital commercial, industrial and administrative hub for the New South Wales Central West. It is characterised by a substantial shopping area, a large number of historic buildings, and a rapidly growing population.
The area is known for its wheat and wool production but the major attraction is the excellent Western Plains Zoo. This is a model zoo where animals roam freely in large open areas protected from the public by deep moats. You’ll discover many other wonderful experiences, such as marvellous museums, gorgeous gardens, tasty delights and fun activities.
Bring your bicycles or hire them and ride along the riverbank. You can pedal to the open-range zoo on the Tracker Riley Cycleway, a 12.5 km loop. Near the river in the city centre are attractions such as the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol. This gaol has Australia’s largest collection of hangman’s knots.
The magnificent Western Plains Cultural Centre is both a gallery and a museum. Entry is free and among the many highlights is Aboriginal artist Michael Riley’s evocative Cloud series. Also an intact 1915 Australian Hero wool wagon used to transport wool from the sheep farms to trains.
Other memorable things to do include exploring ancient Aboriginal grinding grooves in the Terramungamine Reserve. You must try stargazing through Dubbo Observatory’s powerful telescopes. Another great attraction is the iconic Royal Flying Doctors, where you can board a flight simulator.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit various budgets – you can even stay at the zoo. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and exhibitions. The Dubbo Heritage Walk lets you admire the ornate architecture and explore the stories of pioneers and bushrangers.