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Dubbo

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View of Dubbo from the suburb of West Dubbo

Dubbo is a town in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Dubbo is approximately a four-hour drive west of Lithgow on the Great Western and Mitchell Highways, and a six hour drive west of Sydney.

Dubbo is accessible from Newcastle (via the New England and Golden Highways). Approximately four-hour drive.

Dubbo is roughly half-way between Melbourne and Brisbane on the direct inland route, bypassing Sydney.

By train[edit]

NSW Trainlink operates an XPT train service between Sydney and Dubbo daily. There is an additional coach connection to Lithgow (connecting with the unbooked train service there) and a coach connection to Cootamundra (connecting to the Sydney to Melbourne XPT).

Dubbo is one of the few places in country NSW that it is practical to take the train without requiring transport at the other end. There is accommodation within easy walking distance of the station, from where you can explore the centre of town and the attractions there. The zoo is only a 5-km taxi or bus ride, where you can hire a bike, car or walk around the zoo.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Dubbo City Regional Airport (DBO IATA) (is just on the Mitchell Highway to the north-west of town). You can get a taxi into town, or pre-book a rental car to pickup at the airport. Dubbo City Regional Airport on Wikipedia Dubbo City Airport (Q17542) on Wikidata

Get around[edit]

Map of Dubbo

By bike[edit]

There is an off-road cycleway (Tracker Riley Cycleway) from the centre of Dubbo and the Macquarie River out to the Western Plains Zoo. It is an easy cycle, and then you can use your bike to cycle around the zoo as well.

By taxi[edit]

The zoo is only a short distance from town, and it is quite economical to catch a taxi there. You can hire a bicycle at the zoo to get around when you get there.

By bus[edit]

Dubbo buslines does the trip from the centre of town to the zoo five times a day on weekdays, and three times on Saturdays. There is no service on Sunday. On weekdays, there is almost a frequent service between Orana Mall and the town centre - with three bus routes doing the trip. Limited service Saturdays, and no service on Sundays.

There is also a weekday scheduled bus service to the neighbouring towns of Narromine and Wellington

See[edit]

  • 1 Taronga Western Plains Zoo, +61 2 6882 5888. The, Obley Road. Opening hours 9AM-5PM. This large open range zoo, one of the finest zoos in New South Wales, has both exotic and native animals, including elephants, giraffes, and the rare black rhinos currently the focus of a breeding program at the zoo. It is the biggest attraction of tourists to the city. The Zoo is quite large, and it is both useful and fun to hire a bicycle to get around. There are variety of styles, child seats, baskets and trailers for hire at the entrance, or a cycleway loop stretches all the way from town. Admission is $45 adults, $22 children 4-15, $30 concessions and free for children under 4. Tickets are valid for entry on two consecutive days.
  • Dundullimal Homestead. Tu-Sa 11AM - 3PM. Dubbo’s oldest building that is open to the public $9.50.
  • Old Dubbo Gaol.

Do[edit]

  • Dubbo Kart Club, Ph: +61 2 6884 5321 Mob: 0428480714. Home of the Lincoln County Raceway, the Dubbo Kart Club [1]. Has hire karts available and hosts Local, State, National and International karting events.
  • Farmer’s Markets There are Farmer’s Markets every month in Dubbo, NSW. They are on the first and third Saturday of every month, near the Tourist Information Centre. Fresh produce, poultry, coffee, jams, preserves, olive oil, sourdough bread, etc.
  • Orana Dragon Boat, +61 408 636 273, e-mail: . Orana dragon Boat is crewed by eighteen paddlers, a sweep who steers the boat from the back and a drummer who calls time in the front. Their boat is housed near Sandy Beach and usually paddle in the straight stretch of the Macquarie River between Sandy Beach and the Weir.

Eat[edit]

  • sSs BBQ Barns, corner of Darling and Cobra Street, +61 2 6884 3333, fax: +61 2 6884 3717, e-mail: . Wonderful steakhouse with country atmosphere, food and service.
  • Two Doors, 215B Macquarie Street, +61 2 6885 2333. Dinner from 5pm Tue-Sar, and Breakfast from 8:30am weekends. Wine and tapas bar – great service and excellent food. Mid to high price range.
  • 1 Veldt, Ground Floor, 22 Bultje St, +61 2 6882 0926. Casual fine dining with excellent service.

Drink[edit]

There are a number of pubs and bars in Dubbo, with the Commercial Hotel, the Pastoral Hotel, Milestone, Western Star, Macquarie Inn and Dubbo RSL attracting quite a few locals and tourists on weekends.

Sleep[edit]

Dubbo is a popular stopping off point, and has a large range of accommodation. Except at the busiest times of year, it's possible to get motel accommodation on a drive up basis on the main roads into town.

Go next[edit]

Only an hour and a half away (or 128 km ESE) from Dubbo, Mudgee offers a fantastic historical heritage and a host of great small wineries.

Wellington Caves and phosphate mines make a good day trip. Wellington is a pretty town, and well worth a visit itself.

If you're coming from Sydney, your halfway towards the outback, and you can keep travelling out towards Cobar and Broken Hill

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