What to do in Dubbo

Welcome to the City of Smiles

Whether you are here to visit our world famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, or here to visit family, there are loads of welcoming and fun activities to do in our city.

You may already have your zoo adventure sorted, if not we can help. You may not realise that you can explore the zoo by car, bike, electric cart or for the truly adventurous, walk around the zoo. We recommend the electric carts, these allow you to really immerse yourself in the magic of our zoo.

For the history buffs or those travelling with your family, a visit to the Old Dubbo Goal is a must. During the school holidays the goal provides plenty of ‘fun’ activities and re-enactments that will delight and entertain the entire family. You may be lucky enough to be here when one of the goal’s famous wine and nourishment evenings is being held. These are highly recommended and usually sell out. If you are a foodie, then look out for them.

Speaking of food, our bi-monthly farmers markets are a real treat and a great way to stock up on fresh produce to enjoy at a picnic at the zoo.

For those of you looking to get out and about why not hire a bike and ride the Tracker Riley Cycleway out to the zoo? Bikes are for hire from the Visitors centre.

If the weather is warm and riding a bike seems like the last thing you might want to do, then how about a paddle down the mighty Macquarie river. Kayak and Stand up paddle board hire are available and there is no better way to enjoy the river then by being on it.

If those activities seem like too much work, then enjoy a stroll around some of our delightful city gardens and parks might be more your pace. Victoria Park is a jewel right in the heart of town but Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens are a must. The Shoyoen Japanese Gardens are a tranquil delight and one of Australia’s most authentic, traditional Japanese garden experiences.

Western Plains Cultural Centre is one of Australia’s best regional art galleries and worth a wander. Enjoy a coffee before you then examine more than 5000 artifacts that tell the story of Dubbo in our local museum. We regularly house national touring exhibits as well as showcasing local art and stories. Perhaps enjoy a drink and catch a show at the Dubbo Regional Theatre Convention Centre, our tiered theatre is the envy of regional centres Australia wide.

Australia’s oldest standing timber slab homestead can be found at Dundullimal and their afternoon high teas are something to behold. Gain insight into our ancient Aboriginal heritage with a First Lesson Cultural Tour and be awe-struck by 150 carved rock grooves at Terramungamine Reserve.

There really is so much to see and do that a weekend is just not going to be long enough.

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