Things to do in Dubbo
Adventure into a part of Australia where rich landscapes and stunning sunsets go hand-in-hand with award-winning experiences and world-class attractions, where there’s time to reconnect and opportunities to explore, and where the people always greet you with a smile.
From the wide open spaces of Taronga Western Plains Zoo to the pitch-black confines of the Old Dubbo Gaol, a wealth of adventure is waiting! Relax on the lush banks of the Macquarie River, enjoy a rich selection of visual and performance art or simply watch a stunning country sunset.
Where is it and how do you get there?
Dubbo is 396 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
The Dubbo XPT train runs daily from Sydney to Dubbo. Also daily, NSW TrainLink run services to Lithgow with connecting coaches to Dubbo.
To check times, use the booking form on the left (or from the fares / bookings menu bar on a mobile device).
Getting around Dubbo is a breeze with simple-to-navigate roads, painless parking and easily accessible public transport. There is a comprehensive bus service running six days a week and a taxi service comprising 21 radio cabs and three access friendly cabs. Dubbo also has five companies that offer bike, bus and car hire.
What to do and see
No doubt, Taronga Western Plains Zoo is right at the top of your to-do list! Explore the 6km circuit by car, bike, electric cart or trek around on foot at your own leisurely pace. See rare and endangered wildlife such as lions, rhinos and elephants. Catch a keeper talk, behind the scenes tour, or up close animal encounter. You can even wake up in the wild at one of three award winning overnight experiences.
From the chilling corridors of a 19th Century prison at the Old Dubbo Gaol, to a tale of endeavor and vision at Dundullimal, Australia’s oldest timber-slab homestead, Dubbo boasts a variety of unique historical experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
Browse world-class exhibitions at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, the largest gallery space west of the Blue Mountains. Go on a scavenger hunt to discover the treasure trove of public art scattered throughout the City or check out the latest pop-up installation by BOOM Dubbo.
Immerse yourself in Dubbo’s Aboriginal heritage on a First Lesson Cultural Tour and discover traditional bush medicine and bush tucker. Be awe-struck by 150 rock grooves carved by the Tubbagah people of the Wiradjuri Nation at Terramungamine Reserve or walk the Tracker Riley Cycleway and discover the story of Alec Riley, the first Aboriginal policeman to be promoted to the rank of sergeant.
If you prefer blossoms over bushland, the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden sits on the side of 10 hectares of undulating land, providing a place of recreation, stimulation, science and learning. It’s a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, physical abilities and cultures can explore and discover the natural world.