Welcome to Dubbo!

Welcome to Dubbo! And now the question everyone asks: What is there to do in Dubbo? After The Western Plains Zoo and the Old Dubbo Gaol, here are some of our favourite things to do.


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Enjoying the River

The Macquarie River runs through the heart of Dubbo and there are a number of ways to enjoy the river.

1. Go for a walk or ride along the cycle tracks.

One of our favourite places to jump on the cycle track is at the bottom of Tamworth Street. From there  you can cross the river and head out towards the zoo or head back towards the city centre.


2. Explore the river in a Kayak

During most school holidays and weekends in summer there is kayak hire available from  Adventure Craft Hire. You can find them at the very south end of when you were a street at Ollie Robin’s oval right near the river. ph 0419 774 906

Here’s the link to Google Maps to Ollie Robin’s oval.

3.  Have a picnic near the river.

The best access to the river for a picnic is probably from the west side of the river.

My pick would be Sir Roden Cutler Park,  turn left as you’re heading out to the zoo.  Here is a link to the Google map.

Otherwisehere’s the Lyons Park, in front of the Tallarook Motel near the Newell Highway on the corner of Alfred St and Stonehaven Ave.  It has a small kids playground and some public toilets.   Here is the link to the Google map for Lyons Park.

4. Have a game of frisbee golf.

You can buy some cheap Frisbees for two dollars at the cheap two dollar shops on Macquarie Street and then head down to Sandy Beach where there is a Frisbee golf course that takes you for a nice walk around the river.



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Food Recommendations

Upstairs at the Pastoral Hotel

There’s no one stand-out restaurant in Dubbo at the moment, but if you are after a fine dining experience, my top 3 picks would be:

For a lighter meal or breakfast, you can’t go past:

  • Short Street Store (good outdoor section)
  • Church Street Cafe (on the main street)
  • Press (beautiful garden setting out the back)
  • Alchemy (healthiest food, paleo options, locally sourced)
  • Dahab (Awesome Breakfasts)

For a more relaxed feel, try the Commercial Hotel, West Dubbo Bowling Club or Westside Hotel.

For a slightly different and unique experience try the tapas at Two Doors.

Best Old Fashioned pub dining experience goes goes to the Old Bank, (often with live music) Pastoral Hotel or Macquarie Inn.

If you are after Thai food it’s a toss up between Rose Garden Thai and Westbury. Lime Thai in East Dubbo is also good food but not as nice atmosphere.

Also, the Dubbo Visitor’s Centre has published a list of restaurants and local Coffee Shops.

If you are after a massive feed,  best bang for your dollar goes to the Garden Hotel where you will get the biggest serving size you have ever seen. They have $10 daily Specials – a big home-cooked meal style.

The Top 10 listed on Trip advisor are all worth a visit! Trip Advisor ranks Dahab Cafe Dubbo as #1, which is great but please be aware that it doesn’t open for dinner. Veldt is ranked #2, it has a lovely atmosphere and a great menu but the food quality can be hit and miss sometimes.

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Zoofari Lodge Article


“Beyond the luxury and adventure of Dubbo’s impressive Zoofari, this thriving regional city’s local food, history and culture mean there is plenty to entertain.”

Click here to read this recent article on Zoofari Lodge in The CEO Magazine about Dubbo.

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New Coffee Shop -The Black Tambourine


The Black Tambourine – on Brisbane St near Talbragar.

Brewing Mecca coffee and dishing up an aray of treats with occasional live music.



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What’s new… oct ’15

It’s a fantastic time of the year heading into spring to dine out in Dubbo and there’s some great new restaurants and coffee shops that have appeared over the winter!

Claiming to source local produce is the new Veldt Restraunt in Bultje St.

Also on Bultje St (at number 33) is the new Press coffee shop, moved over from Brigade,  a contender for the best coffee in Dubbo, they do a great breakfast.


Church St Cafe has moved up a couple of doors to the corner of Macquarie St and taken on a suburban appearance, also great coffee.



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