"What is Dubbo?" That was the first question 24-year-old Maria Goltermann had when she found out she would be visiting Australia from Denmark. Maria has 12 weeks to learn all she can about Dubbo, its visitor offerings and the Australian lifestyle.


Dubbo has been my home for 3 months and I quickly got a daily routine here, which also means that some of my top things to do don’t just include tourist sights, but things that were part of my everyday. 

1st place - Zoofari Lodge

Something that really swept me of my feet was the Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.  I now really understand why people in Dubbo are so proud of the zoo. Sure I’d been out there before, but getting “behind the scenes” and having a tour guide to show us around was the perfect way to visit the zoo. Not to speak of the lodges we slept in, waking up to the animals on the savannah and feeding the giraffes. An experiences I won’t forget and will always recommend to people that live in Dubbo as well as people that come to visit Dubbo! 


2nd place - Crossfit

The second of my favourite things to do in Dubbo, was Crossfit at Crossfit Dubbo which I’ve previously written about here. I really enjoyed going to Crossfit after work, and it was a big part of establishing my life in Dubbo too. Even though I was really excited to come to Australia and to see as much as possible of the country, it was just as important to me to establish a life in Dubbo, with work and routines like I would have back home. And I’m just saying, if you start doing Crossfit it’s hard to stop, so I’m definitely going to continue when I’m back home again. 


3rd place - Royal Flying Doctors Service

Third place would have to be my visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service. For an overseas visitor like me, it can be hard to understand how important the RFDS is to Australia and the outback. But having been to the outback now and seeing the great distances, as well as heard stories from people that have been helped by RFDS, I can now see how great it is, and how amazing the dentists, doctors and nurses are for these people. This is definitely a must visit for people coming to Dubbo, as it is a big part of Australia.  


4th place - Rugby culture and the Dubbo Roos 

Fourth place goes to The Dubbo Roos. I loved watching the games on the weekends. Sport always brings a city together, and it was always fun to be a part of and seeing how many people would show up to support the local teams. I experienced that rugby was a big part of Dubbo, so I believe to get the full ‘Dubbo experience’ you need to experience a Dubbo Roos home game, with the rest of the city. 


5th place - The Old Dubbo Gaol

Fifth place goes to the Old Dubbo Gaol. This is also a must-see in Dubbo, it’s a big part of Dubbo’s history and therefore also something people in Dubbo as well as visitors should know about. Get a tour with a guide and hear the stories of the prisoners that have been locked up here. The museum is not very big, so its perfect for families with children or people that are usually not very fond of museums. I even found out that there was a Dane locked up years back. Who would have thought the Danes had already discovered Dubbo back then! 



This was my top 5 of things to do in Dubbo. I have loved my life here, and there has been so much more to it. I love the country around the city and not to speak of the friendliest people I have ever met live in Dubbo. I’m so happy that my stay in Australia ended up being in Dubbo, and I know I’ll be back to visit very soon. 

Have a great week everyone! My next post will be when I’m back home in Denmark. 




Wow! Where did time go? 2 more days in Dubbo and I’m off to Sydney and then flying back to Denmark. I can’t believe this is it... 
I’ve had the best time in Dubbo and Australia, I don’t even know where to start! I’ve been working full time but I’ve still had the opportunity to see what the area has to bring.
I want to tell you guys what my favourite things have been in Australia and in Dubbo, but I figured it would be too much for just one post so I’ll do my top 5 in Australia and I hope you guys will stick around for my top 5 in Dubbo later on this week. 

My ultimate favourite experience in Australia has been going on Destination Outback! To those of you who haven’t heard of Destination Outback. It is a rally around the outback organized by The Rotary Club of Dubbo South. Just about 150 people did the rally and the whole point of the trip is for people to have fun and at the same time raise money to communities in the outback. 
I will never forget that trip, and I would love to come back for the next one in 2018. Not just the purpose of the trip, but seeing places that not many visitors, or even Australians, have seen before was just amazing. The Outback was beautiful – and I secretly miss waking up to 145 happy faces every morning and driving around the dirt in the sun. How much better does it get? 



From one part of Australia to another. Second place on my list is Sydney. Before coming here I’d heard so many opinions on which city is better, Sydney or Melbourne. Well, I haven’t been to Melbourne but I definitely know I love Sydney. It’s a beautiful city, and I’m really excited to go back this weekend, even though that means I’m not coming back to Dubbo. 
I loved just walking around the harbour, shopping, not to speak of my breakfast at Bondi Beach. 
I haven’t seen all there is to see in Sydney as I don’t like rushing around + I was really captivated by the places I saw. But that just means I have to come back.  



Third on the list is a drive I went on during a trip to Tamworth from Uralla to Armidale. There were beautiful things to see but what made this one of my favourite things was the Dangar waterfalls. Of all the travels I have done in my life, I have never seen a waterfall, so this was a very unique experience for me. I read about the waterfalls near Armidale when I first came here and when I was given the opportunity to see them I was really excited. 
I really love Australian nature, it varies so much and the trip to Tamworth and Armidale was no exception. 




Talking about nature, my trip to Capertee was really exceptional too. I had only been here for a couple of weeks when I went on this trip, so seeing the mountains and the small villages was all new to me. No we don’t have mountains in Denmark, yes I have seen mountains before. But nothing like the Australian mountains. I remember that was the first thing my grandfather told me to do “Go see the Blue Mountains Maria!”. And of course the Canyon at the Capertee Valley which was also my first time seeing a canyon. Lots of 1sts here. Which makes it so much more memorable.  


   

Last but not least is Wagga Wagga, which was very special to me, this was my first “longer” trip (which I know of course is no distance for people in Dubbo), and although I did not see much of the city, I still got to see the Uni-life in Australia, which was a good experience for a uni-girl like myself. I enjoy seeing how University differs around the world, which I wrote more about in my previous blog post “…From Wagga with love”. I wish I had time to go back again, but I’ll save that for next time. 

   


 I feel blessed to have seen all these different parts of NSW and Queensland (Destination Outback) I can’t wait to go home and tell my friends and family and I certainly can’t wait to come back an experience even more of Australia! 
Next up I’ll tell you guys about my favorites in Dubbo – Have a great sunny week :)  

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