In the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is home to the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo and rich with heritage and gorgeous gardens and conservation areas perfect for picnics. Enjoy museums, galleries and markets, and visit vineyards for wine tasting.
A vibrant regional city, Dubbo will delight you with its rich pastoral history, delicious food and wine, fascinating museums and galleries, and award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Enjoy cycling along the banks of the Macquarie River and picnics in beautiful gardens and parklands.
At the heart of the Great Western Plains region in the Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is where the Newell, Mitchell and Golden Highways meet. From Sydney the drive northwest to Dubbo is five hours, and there are trains and flights to this popular holiday destination in Country NSW.
Explore the city on the Dubbo Heritage Walk and discover pioneers, bushrangers and ornate buildings. On the walk is Old Dubbo Gaol, a museum with a chilling night experience. Tours are available of heritage areas and surrounds. First Lesson Cultural Tours will take you on a journey into traditional Aboriginal culture, and Trike Adventures offer three-wheel tours of pubs and wineries.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options – you can even stay at the Zoo. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and exhibitions. Western Plains Cultural Centre is both a museum and a gallery and the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden is a gorgeous spot for picnics.
Fertile valley soils support farms and vineyards. Visit the cellar doors at Red Earth Estate Vineyard and Tombstone Estate Vineyard and taste a range of elegant red and white wines. You can savour fresh local produce at Dubbo Farmers Market and the Riverside Markets.
A riverside treat for cyclists is the Tracker Riley Cycleway, a 13 km looped pathway. A short drive from the city centre is Beni State Conservation Area, where you’ll find shared cycling and walking trails among the ironbark, wattle and cypress trees, and the Two Dams picnic ground