Dubbo is a great place to visit in the school holidays, filled with world-class attractions and larger-than-life experiences, and is known as one of the friendliest destinations in New South Wales. 

Situated in the heart of the Great Western Plains region, Dubbo provides the perfect base from which to explore some of the most unique destinations in regional New South Wales.

AWARD-WINNING / Doze off to the raucous sounds of the Siamangs and awake to spot the giraffes from your bed as they wander across the savannah when you stay at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, winner of the 2015 Australian Tourism Award for the Most Unique Accommodation Offering. 

FASCINATING HISTORY / Explore a City moving forward so fast, it pays to look back. Defy fear and venture back in time to wander the chilling corridors of the Old Dubbo Gaol. Winner of the 2015 NSW Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism, the Old Dubbo Gaol boasts a fascinating recreation of a captivating bygone era.

LARGER THAN LIFE / Stimulate your creative soul and browse world-class exhibitions in the largest gallery space west of the Blue Mountains. Explore the untouched allure of regional Australia when you relax in natural bushland on the banks of the Macquarie River. Or simply take in a stunning country sunset over the rich red plains. Dubbo offers life on a large canvas and it’s time to experience it all.

CITY OF SMILES / Ask a local who knows and discover why Dubbo is so aptly named the ‘City of Smiles.’ The quaint village that became a small town, which rapidly became a burgeoning City has retained its country charm and its locals are always ready to greet you with a smile. Pop by the Dubbo Visitor Information Centre and discover why our team of friendly staff and ambassadors won the 2015 NSW Tourism Award. 

GETTING HERE / Nestled in the heart of New South Wales, Dubbo is ideally situated on the cusp of three major highways and is easily accessible via road, rail or air, making it the ideal base to effortlessly explore some of the most unique destinations in regional New South Wales. 

EATING HERE / Dubbo boasts an excellent range of cafes, restaurants, pubs, popular eateries and boutique wineries. From international cuisine to honest pub fare, there are plenty of options to suit all travellers’ tastes and budgets. 

STAYING HERE / Bunk down in a safari lodge, splurge on a private suite or snuggle up in a comfy budget-wise family motel. Dubbo has over 70 accommodation properties to suit a range of budgets. From camping under the stars to five star B&B’s – all conveniently located minutes from the City’s award-winning attractions.


Population / 41,573 

Traditional Custodians / The Tubba-Gah Mayiny of the Wiradjuri Nation

Established / Dubbo was established as a village in 1849 and proclaimed a City in 1966

Average Summer Temperature / 17°C to 31°C

Average Winter Temperature / 3°C to 16°C

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