Dubbo is a wonderful country city of the Central West Region of New South Wales, being located at the intersections of the Mitchell, Newell and Golden highways, it is at the crossroads of the north-south and east west transport routes. Dubbo is a 5 hour drive from Sydney and is very well serviced by train (CountryLink) and air with REX and Qantas should you wish to fly.
Dubbo sits in the fertile Macquarie Valley, where the Newell, Mitchell and Golden highways meet, five hours' drive from Sydney, it is a destination that combines a rich pastoral history with great food and wine, expansive parklands, museums, galleries, arts and crafts, and the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, making this part of Country NSW ideal for a family holiday.
Learn about Australia's pioneering history on a heritage walk or at a historic homestead, Victorian-era gaol or modern cultural centre. Old Dubbo Gaol is now a museum and a chilling reminder of Victorian-era prison life. The town has several other galleries, museums and collections, as well as some outstanding natural attractions, including the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens.
Enjoy local produce, including the red and white wines of this emerging wine region. Surrounding villages, including Brocklehurst, Ballimore, Wongarbon, Elong Elong, Toongi and Eumungerie, are also worth a look. Stay in one of the many accommodation options that include motels, hotels, cabins, camping grounds and B&Bs.
While you're in the Dubbo area, check out some of the quirky shopping opportunities and the surrounding heritage sites.
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Driving to Dubbo
There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Dubbo. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback experience.
Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway: Distance = 850km approx
Western Freeway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 405km approx
Hume Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 832km aprox
Sturt Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 1,163km approx