Experience the very best of Dubbo.
Situated on the lush green banks of the Macquarie River, Dubbo offers a refreshing mix of urban and rural cultures. With its rich heritage, world class attractions and blossoming arts scene, Dubbo provides locals and visitors alike with unique and interesting experiences.
Here are five of the most exciting attractions in town.
TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO
No Dubbo experience is complete without a visit to the city’s most iconic attraction. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to a wide range of rare and endangered animals, including elephants, big cats, giraffes and rhinos, as well as lemurs, monkeys, and so much more.
Depending on your schedule, the zoo offers a range of activities and experience to ensure your visit is rich and rewarding. You can get up close and personal with a koala, feed a giraffe, book a meerkat encounter or learn more about wildlife at one of the daily shows.
The Zoo is laid out over a six kilometre circuit, which you can tackle either by foot or by hiring a bike or cart. However, you don’t need to hurry and try to fit everything into one day; all tickets to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo are valid for two consecutive days, so you and your family can take your time and soak up this ultimate zoofari experience.
Located on Obley Rd, Dubbo, NSW. Click here for more information.
OLD DUBBO GAOL
This fully restored 1800s gaol has been enhanced with animatronics and hologram exhibits to help bring to life stories of a fascinating and at times violent part of Australia’s pioneering history.
A tour of the Old Dubbo Gaol includes tales of the Condemned Man, the Ghost of Old Dubbo Gaol, the Executioner and the Gallows, and allows you to experience for yourself the terror of solitary confinement. You can also view the living conditions of inmates, see examples of prison labour and view real prison records.
Twilight and Beyond the Grave Night Tours run during school holidays or for group bookings of ten or more. Bookings are essential.
Located at 90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, NSW.
ALADDIN’S CAVE BOTTLEHOUSE
Experience the wonders of Aladdin’s cave in this yurt-style building, located just a short drive from Dubbo.
Aladdin’s Cave Bottlehouse exhibits around 3000 bottles, including many containing messages, photos, toys, treasures and much more. There is also an Australiana and heritage collectables display of old bikes, sewing machines, blacksmith tools, saddler, old pots, fans, jugs and rabbit traps.
The extensive fairy gardens are a truly magical place where children can experience Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Thumbelina, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs and the Magic Faraway Tree. Visitors can also enjoy a 'gumnut walk' to view beautiful west Australian flowering eucalypts.
Located at 36R Dundedoo Rd, Dubbo, NSW. Click here for more information
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR BASE EDUCATION CENTRE
Learn about a true Australian icon at the Education Centre of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Dubbo Base. Since opening in July 2011, the Education Centre has been spreading the word about the lifesaving work these doctors, nurses and pilots do for people living, working and travelling in remote regions of Australia.
Visitors can learn about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the developments and operations of the Dubbo Base, see memorabilia and real life medical footage of the crew doing their jobs, and support these doctors and nurses by buying a Flying Doctor souvenir from the gift shop.
Located adjacent to the Dubbo City Regional Airport on Cooreena Rd, Dubbo, NSW. Click here for more information.
DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE AND CONVENTION CENTRE
Enjoy a show or two while you’re in Dubbo at the state-of-the-art Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. Featuring a 500 seat tiered theatre and a 700 seat auditorium, the centre is the place to be to see the best local performances and national touring shows.
Located at 155 Darling St, Dubbo, NSW. Click here for more information.