View of Dubbo from the suburb of West Dubbo

Dubbo is a town in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.

Get in

By car

Dubbo is approximately a four hour drive west of Lithgow on the Great Western and Mitchell Highways, and a six hour drive west of Sydney.

Dubbo is accessible from Newcastle (via the New England and Golden Highways). Approximately four hour drive.

Dubbo is roughly half way between Melbourne and Brisbane on the direct inland route, bypassing Sydney.

By train

NSW Trainlink operates an XPT train service between Sydney and Dubbo daily. There is an additional coach connection to Lithgow (connecting with the Cityrail service) and a coach connection to Cootamundra (connecting to the Sydney to Melbourne XPT).

Dubbo is one of the few places in country NSW that it is practical to take the train without requiring transport at the other end. There is accommodation within easy walking distance of the station, from where you can explore the centre of town and the attractions there. The zoo is only a 5km taxi ride, where you can hire a bike, car or walk around the zoo.

By plane

Dubbo airport IATA: DBO is just on the north-west edge of town. You can get a taxi into town, or pre-book a rental car to pickup at the airport.

By bus

Greyhound operates coaches to Dubbo from Brisbane, Melbourne and Moree. There is also a direct coach service from Newcastle.

Get around


There is an off-road cycleway from the centre of Dubbo out to the Western Plains Zoo. It is an easy cycle, and then you can use your bike to cycle around the zoo as well.


The zoo is only a short distance from town, and it is quite economical to catch a taxi there. You can hire a bicycle at the zoo to get around when you get there.





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.


Dubbo is a popular stopping off point, and has a large range of accommodation. Except at the busiest times of year, its possible to get motel accommodation on a drive up basis on the main roads into town.

Go next

Only an hour and a half away (or 128km ESE) from Dubbo, Mudgee offers a fantastic historical heritage and a host of great small wineries.

Wellington Caves and phosphate mines make a good day trip. Wellington itself is a pretty town, and well worth a visit itself.

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