Dubbo is approximately a 4-hour drive west of Lithgow on the Great Western and Mitchell Highways, and a 6-hour drive west of Sydney.
Dubbo is accessible from Newcastle (via the New England and Golden Highways). Approximately 4-hour drive.
Dubbo is roughly half-way between Melbourne and Brisbane on the direct inland route, bypassing Sydney.
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 to which 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.
Dubbo City Regional AirportYou can get a taxi into town, or pre-book a rental car to pickup at the airport.
- Regional Express operates flights to Dubbo from Sydney and Broken Hill.
- Qantaslink flies between Sydney and Dubbo.
By bikeThere 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 taxiThe 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.
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
phone: +61 2 6882 5888address: Obley RoadThis 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 which are 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.
Dundullimal HomesteadDubbo’s oldest building that is open to the public.
- Dubbo Kart Club, Ph: +61 2 6884 5321 Mob: 0428480714. Home of the Lincoln County Raceway, the Dubbo Kart Club . Has hire karts available and hosts Local, State, National and International karting events.
- Farmer’s Markets There are farmers' 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.
phone: +61 408 636 273Orana 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.
phone: +61 2 6884 3333address: corner of Darling and Cobra StreetWonderful steakhouse with country atmosphere, food and service.
phone: +61 2 6885 2333address: 215B Macquarie StreetWine and tapas bar – great service and excellent food. Mid to high price range.
phone: +61 2 6882 0926address: Ground Floor, 22 Bultje StCasual fine dining with excellent service.
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.
address: 147 Cobra StreetAll rooms equipped with queen-sized bed, telephone, television, air-conditioning system, dial-up and Nomad wireless broadband.
address: 25 Cobra StRooms, suites and family apartments located on Cobra street Dubbo.
Blue Gum Innphone: +61 2 6882 0900address: 109 Cobra StreetHas several kid's rooms 2a and 3 kids.
- Blue Diamond Motor Inn, is walking distance to the station, if you are arriving by train and want a nearby place to stay.
phone: +61 2 6884 8633address: 154 Whylandra StClean, quiet and spacious.
phone: +61 2 6882 9777address: 113-115 Cobra Stopposite Elston Park. Affordable accommodation.
phone: +61 2 68824777address: 165 Whylandra St60 rooms including suites, kitchen suite, family rooms, interconnecting rooms, and special designed rooms for guests with a disability. These rooms all have remote control television units, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, Free wireless broadband Internet, independent air conditioning units and Foxtel TV. All of the rooms have an electronic coded door locking system.
Australian Heritage Motor InnA 4-star rated accommodation standard with 23 suite motels and 4 cottage style units. Cnr Brisbane and Cobra Streets.
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