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Things to do in Dubbo, NSW


With its seamless blend of urban and rural cultures, Dubbo offers the best of both worlds.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Dubbo or find and book accommodation in Dubbo today.

About Dubbo

Located in the heart of NSW, Dubbo is a rich and exciting rural city with plenty to offer. Dubbo boasts a long and fascinating history that is perfectly coupled with a blossoming arts scene and a strong foodie culture. Delve in and you'll discover much more than you expected in this veritable playground of hidden gems.

Things to do in Dubbo

You'd best arrive hungry in Dubbo, as there are more top quality restaurants, bars and cafes to tempt you than you can count. Inspired galleries and museums are also in abundance, while natural attractions - like the mighty Macquarie River - provide solitude and adrenaline seekers alike with plenty of outdoor fun.

Attractions in Dubbo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Undoubtedly the star attraction of Dubbo, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an absolute must see. Journey through the park and gaze upon a range of animals from all over the world, from massive predators to cute critters. You can walk, cycle, drive a buggy or take your car around the 6km loop, taking the exhibits and keeper talks at your own pace. It is recommended that you take two days to fully explore the park, and their are tickets available to allow you to easily do just that.

Old Dubbo Gaol

Built in 1847, the Old Dubbo Gaol is today a relic of Dubbo's chilling past. The gaol is open during the day for people to view the old cells, the gallows, and more, while braver visitors can take the very spooky Beyond the Grave night tour and experience the gaol after dark, when the ghosts come out to play.

Shoyoen Japanese Gardens

Relax with a peaceful stroll around the beautiful Shoyoen Japanese Gardens, a gift to Dubbo in 2002 from its sister city in Japan, Minokamo. Entry is through a beautiful set of traditional gates, made by Japanese craftsmen, which leads to a waterfall flowing into a lake at the bottom. Throughout the garden you'll find a selection of Japanese trees, plants and flowers, including the iconic Japanese maple and the cherry blossom, as well as a beautiful rock garden: the karesansui.

Western Plains Cultural Centre

A sophisticated art gallery and museum with a well-curated schedule of exhibitions, the Western Plains Cultural Centre is a wonderful place in which to spend a few hours while in Dubbo. Featuring the Dubbo Regional Gallery and the Dubbo Regional Museum, the centre supports local, national and international artists, and provides a unique insight into the history of this incredible city.

Getting to Dubbo

Dubbo is easily accessible from Sydney, lying just five hours inland.

By car

Heading west from Sydney, the Castlereagh Highway will take you directly to Dubbo.

By air

Flights also operate directly between Sydney and Dubbo, with daily services operated by both QantasLink and Regional Express Airlines.

Where to stay in Dubbo

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