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Family Adventures in Dubbo

Dark Sky Park, Warrumbungle National ParkCREDIT: Destination NSW

The night sky filled with bright stars over the dark sky park in the Warrumbungles.

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Family Adventures
in Dubbo

Dark Sky Park, Warrumbungle National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

The night sky filled with bright stars over the dark sky park in the Warrumbungles.

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Dubbo, a five-hour drive west of Sydney, and the surrounding Great Western Plains region offers up plenty of adventure to keep the whole family happy. Here you’ll find world-famous caves and outback star gazing, fascinating historical towns and thrilling wildlife encounters. 

Uncover Dubbo’s fascinating history 

In the heart of the Great Western Plains, the historic town of Dubbo has a rich colonial and criminal history. Tour the Old Dubbo Gaol to experience what life was like for the prisoners in the 19th century through its animatronic and holographic displays. The heritage buildings contain an intriguing collection of artifacts and offers a bird’s-eye view from the watchtower. Go on a Night Tour or brave Beyond the Grave, an adults-only tour (ages 16 plus) where you might commune with the spiritual world. 

Delve deeper into Dubbo’s incredible history at the state-of-the-art Western Plains Cultural Centre, home to the city’s art gallery and museum. Admire a range of frequently changing exhibitions, or sign the kids up for a school holiday workshop such as sculpture or printmaking. 

Get up close with wildlife  

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is widely recognised as Australia’s greatest open-range zoo and is home to more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Lions, black rhinoceros, Sumatran tigers, elephants and giraffe roam 300 hectares of wide open space. The best way to explore the 6km circuit around the plains is by bike or cart, and every day there are keeper talks, animal shows and close encounters to choose from, including big cat, meerkat and giraffe experiences. 

You can also get up close to Australia’s largest flightless bird at Emu Logic Farm, near Warrumbungle National Park, north of Dubbo. Take a tour and meet some of the 900 emus that live on the farm, then pick up some emu oil, soap, wax or emu eggs to take home. Visit from mid-July to see newly hatched chicks chasing after their parents. 

Go on a cave tour  

The Wellington Caves are about 8km south of the nearby town of Wellington. Here you can take fascinating cave tours where you’ll observe stalagmites, stalactites, columns, flowstones and coral. There are three main caves to see: Cathedral Cave, Gaden Cave and the Fossil and Phosphate Mine. On the grounds opposite the caves is the stunning Japanese Osawano Gardens, with its manicured gardens, stream and lake. You can stay overnight at Wellington Caves, with camp and caravan sites, park cabins and units available.  

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Dubbo is full of adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Dubbo Highlights IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

Dubbo is full of adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Old Dubbo Gaol grounds.

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Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Old Dubbo Gaol grounds.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a giraffe encounter at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a giraffe encounter at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

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Hope on your bike 

As the name suggests, the Great Western Plains are mostly flat, which makes the region perfect for exploring on two wheels. Cycling trails run through the centre of Dubbo, along the Tracker Riley Cycleway out to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, beside the Macquarie River or through rolling farmland on the 65km Rawsonville to Minore Loop. 

For those who prefer transport of the motorised variety, Trike Adventures in Dubbo offer unique and fun motorcycling tours. You can choose from a range of tours including a 30-minute Dubbo highlights tour, a High Tea Experience or an Outback Pub Adventure.  

Sample delicious local produce 

Pick up some fresh local produce at the Dubbo Farmers Market, held on the first and third Saturday of every month. There’s great coffee and plenty of breakfast options to tide you over while browsing stalls of fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, olive oil, jam, honey, nuts, wine and more. While in Dubbo, be sure to enjoy an award-winning pie from the Village Bakehouse. Run by fourth-generation bakers, specialities include chunky Angus steak, chilli beef and chicken-and-mushroom pies. 

Cool off in and on the water 

The vast Lake Burrendong, near the town of Wellington, is the Great Western Plains’ aquatic playground. It’s a popular spot for fishing, boating, water skiing canoeing and swimming. There are camping areas close to the shore or two holiday parks offering cabins and other amenities. 

In Dubbo, Adventure Craft Hire provides kayaks and paddle boards to get out on the Macquarie River. Choose from single-seat or double-seat kayaks with paddles, life jackets and dry bags included. The Macquarie River is fairly easy paddling and there are many reserves along the trail where you can stop for a well-earned lunch break. 

See the skies  

The southern hemisphere’s first and only Dark Sky Park is in the Warrumbungle region of country NSW. Dark Sky Parks are recognised internationally for their outstanding nocturnal environment and clear, dark skies. Camp under the stars in Warrumbungle National Park at various camping grounds and heritage huts to take in incredible views of the galaxy. Alternatively, the Warrumbungle Observatory and the Dubbo Observatory, both offer nightly viewing sessions.  

For a different perspective of the skies, take an adventure flight in a historic, preserved ex-military aircraft. Warrior Warbird Adventure Flights, operating out of Dubbo, gives people the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight, taking in spectacular views and the excitement of G-forces of up to four times gravity at the bottom of a loop, to momentary weightlessness at the top of a stall turn. 

Water Skiing, Lake Burrendong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Children water skiing across Lake Burrendong, Mumbil.

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Water Skiing, Lake Burrendong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Children water skiing across Lake Burrendong, Mumbil.

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Trike Adventures, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Peter from Trike Adventures with his custom built 4-seater OzTrike for tours in and around Dubbo.

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Trike Adventures, Dubbo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Peter from Trike Adventures with his custom built 4-seater OzTrike for tours in and around Dubbo.

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