Top travel tips for the perfect Spring school holiday escape
- Tuesday 8 September
The Dubbo Region is bursting with fun, family-friendly activities that allow you the opportunity to disconnect from your screens and re-connect with your family. With plenty of wide open spaces to explore and outdoor adventures to conquer, the Spring school holidays is the perfect time to visit!
We’ve put together some handy travel tips to help you plan the ultimate school holiday escape and make your trip to the Dubbo Region truly memorable.
2. Make sure you book ahead of time for attractions, accommodation and restaurants so that you’re not disappointed! We’d love for you to experience all of the Dubbo Region in the safest way possible, so please make sure you book online or over the phone in advance to make sure you get to see everything on your bucket list! For dining out, it’s also best to book in to make sure your table is reserved for you and you get the best experience possible.
3. Bring a lightweight jacket for the evenings – night time temperatures can get down to 6 degrees, however the days are a beautiful 21-25 degrees on average, so you’ll be comfortable in short sleeves for outdoor day time activities.
4. Pack the bikes, scooters and helmets to keep the kids outdoors and occupied in between attractions! For the bigger kids, there’s the local skate park on Talbragar Street, the 13km loop of the Tracker Riley Cycleway (try hopping on the path just behind the Visitor Information Centre on the banks of the Macquarie River for a shorter loop), or a bike area around Wahroonga Park in South Dubbo which is great for our littlest visitors (ideal for under 5s).
5. If you have any questions while you’re in town, feel free to call in to our Visitor Information Centres for friendly advice from our local experts! You can find the Dubbo Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Macquarie Street and the Newell Highway, and the Wellington Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Nanima Crescent and Warne Street. Both Centres are open 7 days, from 9am-5pm. While you’re in there, make sure you check out the range of local produce on offer and take home your taste of the Dubbo Region!
6. While you’re here, take some time out to unplug, unwind and re-connect! Revel in time with those closest to you on a great big adventure where you can lose the city lights and reach for the stars. Enjoy our wide open spaces, larger than life experiences, beautiful park lands and perfect Spring weather.
We encourage anyone travelling to our Region to maintain social distancing practices and stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Stroll along the three paths representing the three rivers and plants of the Wiradjuri Nation. Look for the Rainbow Serpent, or enjoy a yarn at one of the yarning circles.
A facility of Dubbo Regional Council.
Creo offers a distinct setting where culture and creativity combine for your ultimate food experience. Our breakfast and lunch menus reflect locally sourced and freshly grown produce. Open 7 days a week.
A facility of Dubbo Regional Council.
Enjoy the magic of a country sunrise. Our parkland setting surrounds are perfect for that family camping holiday, or for that overnight stay on your dream adventure. Bring your furry friend as we're pet friendly. En-suite and standard cabins, grass and shaded sites, pool and playground.
Experience horse-riding for all ages. We offer pony rides for under 5yrs, lessons and trail rides depending on your horse lovers age. All equipment and supervision by trained instructors and staff is provided. Special school holiday horsemanship activities available. Bookings essential.
Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre offers a range of facilities including a 50m pool, heated leisure pool and splash pad for the kids. Enjoy a carefree day lazing on our lush green lawns, use our free BBQ facilities or buy a delicious meal from the cafe. Guaranteed value for money and a great day out for the whole family!
We're open from 6am for breakfast and barista made coffee. Pies are always a winner but if you're after a salad or baguette we have you covered. Discover 'Australia's Best' pies. Freshly baked treats and sourdoughs made daily. We are a fourth generation bakery operating since 1918. Open 7 days.
Take a wind in your face, ride on our awesome red trike. Cruising along, up to three friends can enjoy Dubbo’s highlights, unearthing hidden gems our experienced tour guide can show you. Outback Pub Tours, RFDS Tours, Tranquil High Teas, Day or Evening Rides, Christmas Lights in December.
Companion Card accepted.
Enjoy a wild dining experience at Taronga Western Plains Zoo! There are two unique cafes to choose from. The Zoo Cafe & Bar is located in the Zoo’s entry precinct overlooking the Savannah Lake and Primate Islands. The Waterhole is the Zoo’s newest precinct located halfway around the Zoo circuit.
Ruby Maine provides a friendly vibe and atmosphere where owners Sam, Rhonda and their friendly team will help you discover your own unique style. Explore our lifestyle emporium in Dubbo and surround yourself with a beautiful range of clothing, shoes, accessories, homewares and gifts.
Living the lakeside dream. In this beautiful bushland setting, the great lake sparkles, the stars shine bright at night and the abundant wildlife thrives in its natural environment. Here in the Reflections Lake Burrendong Park you have it all, yet you’re just an easy drive away from Dubbo, Wellington and Orange.
Experience the charm of country life at its finest at the Outback Cellar Dubbo, with the original winery and homestead converted into luxury guesthouses on a picturesque rural property along the Macquarie River. Perfect self-contained accommodation for families, small groups, couples and individuals.
Awarded ‘Best of the Best’ and included in Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in Australia in 2021, the Orana Motel is the place to stay in Dubbo! Here you can expect comfort, style and 5-star service with a country smile.
Orana Mall is the premier shopping centre in the Central West and home to Big W, Woolworths, JB Hi-Fi Home, The Reject Shop and over 70 specialty stores including a significant number of national chain stores plus a food court and evening dining. Open 7 days a week, hours available on website.
1-bedroom self-contained apartments including, Standard, Executive and Family Apartments, plus 2 x 3-bedroom Cottages. Located just 5 minutes from the CBD, directly opposite Dubbo Base Hospital and a short drive to Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
100% pure Australian Merino wool products are designed, individually hand dyed and made with love in Australia. Love Merino products are ethical, sustainable and collectable. We support regional Australia and foster an inclusive community. We love our Merinos; you’ll love our story!
The Colonel delivers all of your Kentucky-fried favourites with local, friendly service. KFC Wellington is conveniently located on the Mitchell Highway. We offer a choice of sit down, take-away or drive-through meals and snacks, 7 days a week. Our store is a proud supporter of the Wellington Community.
Centrally located, our spacious fully self-contained 2-bedroom apartments offer comfort and convenience to our guests. • Short walk to restaurants, shops, cinema, theatre and RSL Club • Rates available for both short-term and long-term stays • Single lock up garage or off-street parking available.
We are a modern artisan bakery offering daily hand-made breads, golden crusted pies, delicate pastries and bespoke cakes crafted by our talented pastry team. All our delicious products are made on-site, free from preservatives and additives. Takeaway or eat slow at our Wheelers Lane location.
The City of Dubbo Turf Club hosts seventeen race meetings per year including the feature Gold Cup and Derby Day events. Come out and enjoy a mix of professional racing and the laid-back atmosphere.
Keep the family happy with a lavish serving of piping hot pizza, or enjoy our freshly prepared home-style meals, served with a big chunk of country hospitality. Complete your meal with a gelato, our bistro has 9 flavours to choose from. Kid's are kept close and entertained in our indoor play area.
We make you feel good! Absolutely everything you would expect from a luxury 4 star inner city establishment. Quiet, off-highway location opposite Dubbo’s largest Club. Located in the heart of the CBD.
Enjoy mouth-watering pizzas fresh from our wood fire pizza oven, as well as a variety of entrees, mains and desserts so there's sure to be something for everyone! With a choice of indoor or alfresco dining spaces, it's the perfect place to relax. We’ve even got an outdoor play area for the kids!
The ultimate 'glamping' experience. Luxurious safari tents are set amongst Australian bush, relax on the outdoor patio and enjoy stargazing at the uninterrupted night skies. Featuring 4 poster queen beds, single and bunk beds, air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom and patio area. On-site pizza bar.
We're a bit old fashioned. Our shop is a mix of nostalgia and innovation with stationery, toys and gifts you didn't realise you missed or knew existed. We're old fashioned in how we approach printing too, with customer service and attention to detail which ensures our customers receive the best quality.
Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre has buckets of fun for everyone. Boasting an Olympic-sized pool, leisure pool, water slides and a huge splash park for the kids, we have something for the whole family! Delicious snacks and cold drinks are on offer at the Pool Deck Cafe or take advantage of our free BBQs.
Whatever your reason for visiting Dubbo, Discovery Parks – Dubbo has you covered! Discovery Parks – Dubbo offers a range of accommodation options. Whether it’s for 2, 20, or even a group of 100+, there is a selection of comfy cabins, deluxe safari tents, camp sites, and holiday lodge to choose from.
Devil’s Hollow Brewery is your holiday food and drink destination. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeaway. Come in for your morning coffee or a wind down afternoon drink. Our menu changes with the seasons, but what remains is our artisan roasted coffee, fresh local produce, wood fired pizzas and a great range of burgers.
Listed by TripAdvisor in their top 25 properties in Australia for Families for 4 years in a row. • Affordable tariffs for short and long stays • Alfresco BBQ and pool setting • Short walk to restaurants and Dubbo CBD • Self-rated 4 star plus and supported by online reviews.
Whether you need to pick up homewares, do a grocery shop, enjoy some retail therapy or you’re looking for a delicious dining option, Dubbo Square has everyone’s need covered. Located in the heart of CBD, this shopping centre has fashion, health, beauty, entertainment and tech in the bag.
The Cattleman’s Restaurant is suited to families, business travellers and can cater for all types of functions and events. Offering a varied a la carte menu, our chefs ensure that every experience in our restaurant is of the highest standard. Buffet breakfast available.
Relax and unwind in our spectacular grounds on the banks of the Macquarie River. Affordable accommodation including basic rooms with double beds, standard queen rooms and family rooms. 3 star self-rated.
Whether you’re visiting for business, taking your family to the Zoo, travelling the Mitchell or making a pit stop on the Newell, we’d love to welcome you to The Aberdeen Motel! Located in the heart of Dubbo, we’re a comfortable 4 star option with friendly staff waiting to welcome you and provide honest, old-fashioned country service with a smile.
Immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Explore our unforgettable exhibition full of exciting, interactive displays, augmented reality, and state of the art equipment. Fully accessible and appropriate for all ages.
Head behind the bars and experience 19th century prison life at Old Dubbo Gaol. A State Heritage listed site which remains intact and restored, creating a pocket in time and unearthing powerful moments in Australian prison history. Guided tours available, visit the website for more details.
Dubbo’s award-winning performing arts space features a kaleidoscope of entertainment throughout the year. Local, national and international touring shows stud the stage of this 500-seat, fully air-conditioned, tiered theatre.
A facility of Dubbo Regional Council
Enliven your senses and explore four distinctive garden spaces, including the Shoyoen authentic Japanese Garden, the Biodiversity Garden, the Sensory Garden and the cool surrounds of Oasis Valley.
A facility of Dubbo Regional Council.
Let your kids go wild at and explore around 40 play elements. Soar on the flying fox, speed down the giant slide and fly high on the basket swing! With BBQs, toilets and accessible elements including a wheelchair friendly Liberty Swing.
A facility of Dubbo Regional Council.
Become an astronomer for a night and explore the universe at Dubbo Observatory. Join one of our night sky tours to view the stars, planets and galaxies through 6 telescopes. Bring your DSLR camera to capture a spectacular photo through the telescope!
Enjoy breakfast and coffee with friends and explore our Region’s fresh, seasonal produce. Buy direct from local producers with a range of fresh produce, herbs and plants, baked goods, local meats, award-winning olive oils, preserves, honey, wine, nuts and so much more available. First and third Saturdays of the month.
You and your team are ‘locked’ in a themed room. Using only your brainpower, you have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape. Dubbo Escape Room has three rooms to choose from, all with different themes and difficulty levels. Great fun for the whole family. Bookings can be made online.
Explore over 164 hectares dedicated to the conservation of Australia's unique and incredibly diverse flora, overlooking the majestic Lake Burrendong. Open from sunrise to sunset every day with free entry.
Bluegum Dubbo Motel offers modern and fresh accommodation in a quiet yet convenient location. Enjoy in-room dining for breakfast and dinner, free Netflix, Foxtel, Wi-Fi and covered parking.
Indulge and enjoy a cup of signature Lily’s Blend – exclusively roasted for Jespresso. Enjoy locally blended Binjang Tea loose leaf tea or authentic Punjabi Chai and a tasty treat. Sit back, relax and enjoy the quaint atmosphere amongst the eclectic wares in the Mallee Hen’s Nest, open 7 days.
Our events calendar has something for everyone. Special school holidays performances, tribute bands, country music, comedians and hypnotists, right through to pro wrestling matches. Join us for a meal, a game of bingo, darts or chess. Ample free parking and Dubbo RSL Motel at our doorstep.
Dundullimal Homestead’s beautifully conserved buildings are located in a tranquil rural setting, a unique example of financial and social success in the late 1800s. Explore the property and discover this iconic Australian treasure. Bring a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe. Dog friendly grounds (on leash).
The Western Plains Cultural Centre is home to the Region’s gallery, museum and Community Art Centre. Whether your visit to the Region is a holiday, excursion, group tour, event or pursuing a family link our team here at the WPCC can make your visit unique. Free admission and open daily 10am - 4pm.
Opposite Club Dubbo, 1.5km from Taronga Western Plains Zoo, moments from the CBD and local attractions. Abel Tasman offers 38 immaculate deluxe units including free wireless internet, off-street parking and an in-ground pool.
The Cattleman’s Country Motor Inn and Serviced Apartments is proudly Dubbo’s largest and busiest accommodation complex, with over 14 different room types from motel style to serviced apartments. Facilities include 1 indoor heated pool, 2 outdoor pools, a gymnasium, a daily buffet breakfast and an award-winning a la carte restaurant and bar.
Discover the underground at Wellington Caves. Take a guided tour through Cathedral Cave, Gaden Cave and the Fossil and Phosphate Mine. Be amazed by 15m tall crystal formations, intricate cave corals, 400-million-year-old marine fossils and 1-million-year-old megafauna fossils.