Dubbo is one of Australia’s fastest growing inland cities, with a burgeoning economy that has led to much local investment in recent years. The city is also increasingly popular with tourists, thanks to its huge range of natural sights and places of interest. It is particularly popular for wildlife lovers, with numerous zoos and nature reserves. The city also offers a rich cultural experience, with plenty of historical landmarks, art galleries and museums dedicated to Aboriginal culture. However you enjoy spending your free time, Dubbo has something to offer everyone.
Like most Australian cities, Dubbo has a broad range of options when it comes to accommodation. Where you choose to stay will of course depend largely on the reason for your visit, but those making an extended stay in Dubbo may wish to consider checking into one of our serviced apartments. These properties offer many of the same benefits as traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception, whilst affording a higher level of privacy as well as full self-catering facilities.
Dubbo is a great place to visit for those who are looking to avoid the busier tourist destinations of New South Wales, whilst still hoping to enjoy a diverse arrange of cultural attractions and fascinating landmarks. Dubbo offers the perfect way to experience both Australia’s natural and cultural wonders, whilst still being able to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful afternoon in one of the many parks or cafes.
There are plenty of historical attractions in the city, charting its development from former penal colony into the bustling town it is today. There’s also plenty of ways to explore aboriginal culture and heritage, with monuments and museums as well as an indigenous art gallery. Alternatively, exploring the city will throw up some stunning examples of colonial-era architecture.
Dubbo is a also a great place for those looking to learn more about Australia's incredibly diverse wildlife. There are numerous reserves and national parks located in and around the city, with tour operators offering day trip excursions, including trekking, kayaking and more. Those looking for something slightly less adventurous can also take a trip to one of the many parks and gardens located across the city’s urban area.
There are plenty of great places to eat in Dubbo - ranging from local specialties to international cuisine. For more formal occasions, there’s Veldt Restaurant, Reflections Restaurant or Red Earth Dining and Piano Bar - all of which are centrally located, or for something a little more social there’s plenty of places like Old Bank Restaurant & Bar or Hog's Breath Cafe which offer live music in a fun and friendly atmosphere. There’s also a great selection of restaurants serving Asian cuisine, such as Dubbo Hanoi corner, Lime Thai Restaurant and Royal India Restobar.
There are several options for shopping in Dubbo, depending on whereabouts you are in town. Orana Mall Shopping Centre is on the east side and features over 70 stores ranging from high street fashions to consumer electronics. Alternatively, Dubbo Square is the main shopping centre, located in the town centre and filled with numerous retailers as well as restaurants and services. There’s also a parade of shops on nearby Delroy Park, including grocery and hardware stores. Alternatively, those wishing to sample local produce can head to Dubbo Farmers' Markets.
The Old Dubbo Gaol boasts a fascinating recreation of a former correctional facility from Dubbo’s days as a penal colony - educational and entertaining, it is one of the city’s most popular attractions. For those with an interest in wildlife, there’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Wild Rhino Tour, or the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden for more of a relaxing outdoor experience. Finally, the Western Plains Cultural Centre provides a great opportunity to learn about Dubbo history as well as see exhibitions of local artists.
Getting around in Dubbo is a relatively simple affair thanks to an comprehensive bus network from Dubbo Buslines, which serve the main urban area and surrounding suburbs. Dubbo also benefits from excellent roads and plenty of free parking, so renting a car is ideal if you are planning a longer stay in town. There are also plenty of taxi and private hire firms operating locally, providing a convenient and cost-effective means of getting around areas less well served by public transport.
Dubbo has a growing economy that is predominantly driven by the agriculture and service sectors. The city's largest employer is livestock exporter Fletcher International Exports, and there are numerous other agricultural firms headquartered locally. Other industries contributing to the local GDP are educational, health and tourism, with firms like First Lesson Cultural Tours and Marathon Health taking advantage of growing demand as the town’s population continues to grow.