Backpacking Dubbo

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    GET UP CLOSE TO THE ANIMALS AT THE FAMOUS TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO: Photo courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    EXPLORE THE SPECTACULAR CATHEDRAL CAVE AT WELLINGTON CAVES (NEAR DUBBO): Photo - Gecko Photographics, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    LEARN ABOUT OF THE INFAMOUS HISTORY OF THE OLD DUBBO GOAL (JAIL): Photo - Pip Blackwood, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Dubbo Highlights

  • Visit the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the largest open range zoo in the country. Here you can see magnificent creatures such as Bengal Tigers, Black Rhinoceros and African Elephants roaming in open plains.

  • Visit other attractions such as the Dubbo Observatory, Old Dubbo Goal (Jail), or the nearby spectacular Wellington Caves.

  • Undertake various activities such as canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, or visit a winery.

About Dubbo

Population 40,000

This thriving city is the commercial, administrative and industrial hub of the Central West. The city itself has a major shopping area and many historical buildings. Once you leave the city you will come into cattle and sheep country.

Dubbo is famous for its Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the largest open range zoo in the country. This is an excellent attraction and well worth a visit. As well as natural Australian species, the zoo houses Bengal Tigers, Black Rhinoceros, African Elephants and much more.

Other attractions include the Dubbo Observatory, where you can view the solar system. There is the Old Dubbo Goal (jail), where you can take a tour to learn about its infamous history and also nearby are the spectacular Wellington Caves.

There are also plenty of activities available, such as canoeing or kayaking down the scenic Macquarie River. You can check out nearby vineyards and wineries, or go horse riding at the Western Plains Riding Centre.

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Dubbo Visitor Centre

Corner Newell Highway and Macquarie Street
Dubbo, New South Wales
Phone (02) 6801 4450
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