Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Dubbo

Dubbo is a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest population centre in the Orana region, with a population of 38,943 as recorded by the 2016 census. The city is located at the intersection of the Newell, Mitchell and Golden highways. The nearest city, Orange, is approximately 144 km away. Dubbo is located approximately 275 m above sea level, 303 km north-west of Sydney and is a major road and rail freight hub to other parts of New South Wales. It is linked by national highways north to Brisbane, south to Melbourne, east to Sydney and Newcastle, and west to Broken Hill and Adelaide. Dubbo is included in the rainfall records and weather forecast region for the Central West Slopes and in the Central West Slopes and Plains division of the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts  

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Dubbo is a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest population centre in the Orana region, with a population of 38,943 as recorded by the 2016 census. The city is located at the intersection of the Newell, Mitchell and Golden highways. The nearest city, Orange, is approximately 144 km away. Dubbo is located approximately 275 m above sea level, 303 km north-west of Sydney and is a major road and rail freight hub to other parts of New South Wales. It is linked by national highways north to Brisbane, south to Melbourne, east to Sydney and Newcastle, and west to Broken Hill and Adelaide. Dubbo is included in the rainfall records and weather forecast region for the Central West Slopes and in the Central West Slopes and Plains division of the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts  

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From ancient to contemporary, from spooky to lifesaving, you’ll discover fascinating heritage and cultural attractions in Dubbo and the Great Western Plains. There are Aboriginal rock carvings, wonderful galleries and museums, the eerie Old Dubbo Gaol, Australia’s oldest timber slab homestead and more.  

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Evidence of habitation by Wiradjuri Nation, Indigenous Australians dates back over 40,000 years. The explorer and surveyor John Oxley was the first European to report on the area now known as Dubbo in 1818.[10] The first permanent European settler in the area was English born Robert Dulhunty, described as one of the wealthiest citizens in the Australian colony at the time. There are records of squatters being given permission to set up large sheep and cattle stations in the area in 1824 but these were not maintained.Dulhunty occupied a property, known as Dubbo station from the early 1830s on a squatting basis. With the passing of the Squatting Act in 1836 he took out a licence on the property. Dulhunty showed an affinity with Indigenous Australians, his party included some 40 Aborigines and he favoured using Aboriginal names for properties, including Dubbo. Dubbo is now thought to be a mispronunciation of the local Wiradjuri word ""Thubbo"" but because of a lack of precise records from Dulhunty at the time and an incomplete knowledge of the Wiradjuri language today there is some conjecture over the word's meaning. A popular current theory is the word means ""red earth"", consistent with the local landscape. It is also possible that Thubbo or Tubbo is Wiradjuri for ""head covering"" – a theory put forward to support this name is that the shape of Dulhunty's house may have looked like a hat to the local people.  

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The shopping mecca of the region, Dubbo features popular fashion, food and retail chains as well as a few exclusive shopfronts you won’t find anywhere else. So leave a little wiggle room in your suitcase for a treat or two direct from Dubbo’s rich mix of retail outlets.  

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With more than 25 tourist attractions and activities, the City offers a range of activities from bird watching to canoeing or kayaking down the scenic Macquarie River. See the wild in the wild when you safari in our backyard at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Whether you travel by car, bike, electric cart or trek on foot, you’ll venture through a 6km circuit featuring some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats in the world, bordered by picnic grounds and magnificent bushland. Venture back in time and discover a well-preserved slice of history in Dubbo. Gaze upon the eerie gallows and hangman’s kit at the remarkably intact 19th Century, Old Dubbo Gaol. Be inspired by a tale of endeavour and vision and step back into life in the early colony at Dundullimal Homestead, Australia’s oldest standing timber slab homestead. Browse a selection of 5,000 items telling the story of Dubbo and its people and view a Dendroglyph (carved tree), an immensely important Aboriginal artefact at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. Discover the City’s Aboriginal culture on a First Lesson Cultural Tour and be awe-struck by 150 carved rock grooves at Terramungamine Reserve. Or relax in a 500-seat tiered theatre and take in an international touring show at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. Cycle the 12.5km Tracker Riley Cycleway interspersed between rugged bushland on the banks of the Macquarie River stretching from Dubbo’s CBD to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board from Adventure Watersports and discover the City’s spectacular river corridor, or explore 10 hectares of undulating land at Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens and relax with a picnic in one of Australia’s most authentic, traditional Japanese gardens.  

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There are a number of pubs and bars in Dubbo, with The Commercial Hotel, The Pastoral Hotel, Milestone, Western Star, Macquarie Inn and Dubbo RSL to name just a few, attracting quite a few locals and tourists on weekends.  

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By car: Dubbo is 4 hours from Lithgow on the Great Western and Mitchell Highways, and 6 hr from Sydney. Dubbo is 4 hr from Newcastle. Dubbo is roughly half way between Melbourne and Brisbane on the direct inland route, bypassing Sydney. By train: Countrylink operates an XPT train service between Sydney and Dubbo daily. Daily Sydney 07:10 to Dubbo 13:40 Daily Dubbo 14:10 to Sydney 20:49 There is an additional coach connection to Lithgow (connecting with the Cityrail service) and a coach connection to Cootamundra. By plane: The Dubbo Regional Airport is 7 km NW of Dubbo off the Mitchell Hwy with 4-11 flights daily. FlyPelican flies to Dubbo from Newcastle and Canberra Regional Express flies to Dubbo from Sydney and Broken Hill. Qantaslink flies between Sydney and Dubbo. By bus: Greyhound operates coaches to Dubbo from Brisbane, Melbourne and Moree. There is also a direct coach service from Newcastle. Countrylink runs daily coaches to Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Parkes, Orange, Bathurst and Lithgow. It also runs coaches to Brewarrina, Bourke and Coolabah 4 times a week. There is also a coach to Canberra changing at Cootamundra.  

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