Dubbo Travel Guide
Situated by the Macquarie River, Dubbo is a lively town packed with iconic country experiences, from fascinating colonial and Indigenous history to the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Dubbo, New South Wales
History and nature
Step back in time at the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol. From 1847 to 1966, this site operated as a prominent prison within its high red-brown walls and watchtower. Today you can explore the remarkably preserved cell blocks, and discover some of the prison’s surprising secrets. You can also see the original gallows as well as an interactive display that tells the story of the gaol’s colonial past.
Journey further into the region and its remarkable past at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. Home to a gallery, museum and community arts centre, this venue hosts outstanding exhibitions and displays, from photography to fine arts as well as touring domestic exhibitions. At The Royal Flying Doctor Experience, take a seat on the outback service that covers 7.69 million kilometres.
By the Macquarie River, Terramungamine Reserve is home to 150 historic Aborginal grinding grooves etched in stone. This site was used to shape spears and was a significant meeting point for the Tubbagah people. Only 45 minutes from Dubbo, the cavernous Wellington Caves are a spectacular phenomenon. Take a tour and see the bones of fossilised megafauna.
Food and Drink
With traditional country pubs, gourmet bakeries and thriving cafes, Dubbo makes the most of its local produce. Located just past the entrance to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Red Earth Estate Vineyard is a local vineyard that produces notable riesling, verdelho and grenache. Relax on the back verandah looking out over the vines, and enjoy a wine-tasting with a cheese platter.
Visit the heritage-listed Milestone Hotel for some historic charm and a hearty pub meal. This sandstone icon has been standing on the corner of Macquarie Street since 1881, and today serves a delicious range of cold beers as well as mouth-watering pub fare and meat from the grill.