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Catch up to reminisce and create new memories when you host your visiting friends and family in Dubbo.

Whether you're hosting the grandkids for the school holidays, a herd of extended family for a reunion or your mates from uni on a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway - you can treat your visiting friends and family to a holiday experience they'll never forget.

It's time to be a hometown hero and share the great treasure trove of local gems our City has to offer - from the wide open spaces of Taronga Western Plains Zoo to the pitch-black confines of the Old Dubbo Gaol, a wealth of adventure is waiting.


Where can I get mates rates?

A number of attractions and activities across the City are ready to reward you for being a hometown ambassador and showcasing Dubbo to your visiting friends and family. As a Dubbo resident you can access free or discounted entry at the following attractions (conditions apply).

Taronga Western Plains Zoo - Mates Rates Program
Old Dubbo Gaol - Prisoner 2830

Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine

How can my friends and family get special offers?

Combining convenience, affordability, accommodation and a mix of unique experiences, the Dubbo Packages are a “must book." Discover great deals to explore in Dubbo by finding out more about The Dubbo Packages.

Spot the rhinos scattered throughout Dubbo and the region, scan the QR code and unlock great deals and discounts for a number of the City's attractions. Find out more about The Rhino Adventure.



What can we do in Dubbo?

Grab your friends and family and tuck into a non-stop feast of discovery, adventure and entertainment. Explore the City's range of over 25 attractions and activities:

Visit Dubbo's attractions
Discover the City's range of activities
Watch live entertainment and theatre
Take a guided tour
Get outdoors and explore nature
Go shopping 


What can we do for free?

Our City has plenty of fantastic attractions and activities that don't cost a cent, if this is the tenth time you've hosted friends and family lately and you just want to go somewhere quiet where you can relax you may want to try:

Dubbo Art and Craft Society
Dubbo City Heritage Walk
Dubbo Farmer's Markets
Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens
Elston Water Park
"Livvi's Place" Playground
Red Earth Estate
Savannah Visitor Plaza and Free Access Area
Terramungamine Rock Grooves
Tombstone Estate
Tracker Riley Cycleway
Western Plains Cultural Centre

Where should we eat?

Need to replenish and recharge? Show off Dubbo's dining hot spots to your friends and family and let them sink their teeth into an array of local dishes that will leave their tastebuds reeling.

Discover Dubbo's foodie scene and indulge.


Where can they stay?

Can't wait to catch up with your friends and family but your place is just a little bit to small? Or maybe they're coming in droves for a big reunion? Dubbo has more than 70 accommodation providers and over 4,500 beds to suit every budget, ranging from 5 star B&B's through to pub stay options.

Browse the City's range of accommodation

What's On?

Check out 'what's on' across the City and encourage your friends and family to join you at any one of the City's unique events - from lantern parades, farmers markets, live music and street performers, to fun runs, river paddles and major spectator sports - they'll be spoilt for choice.  

Check out the City's events calendar and encourage your friends and family to tie their visit in with one of the City's signature events.




I need more information?

Planning a visit for your family and feeling a little unsure? Ask the friendly team at the Dubbo Visitors Information Centre. The staff are equipped with the knowledge and contacts to set your visitors up for a trip to remember.

Dubbo Visitor Information Centre
Corner Newell Highway and Macquarie Street
Dubbo NSW 2830

Phone: (02) 6801 4450