You will immediately feel welcome in the very heart of regional New South Wales, where the great Australian dream of a family home with a big backyard is within your reach.
New Resident Guide
The Dubbo Region New Resident Guide will help make your move a smooth one. It's packed with essential information to help you settle into your new Region and connect you with your community.
We are delighted to welcome you into our thriving and dynamic community where you are free to choose the perfect lifestyle for you. The Dubbo Region outshines the big cities in both affordability and liveability, with an impressive range of housing options, health and education services and little to no work commute – your quality of life is second to none.
Dubbo / Relish the vibrant atmosphere of a regional city with room to live, work and grow. In Dubbo you can forge a career, study for that long awaited university degree, all while spending quality time with your family with all the amenities of a major city.
Wellington / Enjoy the relaxed pace of life where unique history and striking natural features combine to create the idyllic country escape you have been dreaming of. Life in Wellington is your chance to escape the hustle and bustle.
Or take up residence in one of our charming, close-knit village communities, each with their own special story and vibe contributing to the multifaceted make up of our vibrant Region.
Your home. Your lifestyle.
The perfect home is waiting for you in the Dubbo Region. Whether you want to leave tiny apartments with large mortgages behind, trading up to a four bedder with room for a dog or you’re considering down-sizing, our real estate market has a variety of choice to cater for all ages, tastes, styles and budgets.
Our community enjoys the very best of both worlds. Dubbo’s new and ever expanding estates are designed to complement any lifestyle, with enviable locations within minutes of the CBD, major shopping centres, sporting facilities and schools.
Wellington offers you the opportunity to achieve the ultimate tree change that you have been yearning for, without the big price tag! With magnificent heritage homes and acres of land to enjoy, there are enticing opportunities offering value, position and potential.
Find not only a house, but a home in the Dubbo Region’s welcoming community.
In our Region you have the freedom and available options to choose the work and life balance that is right for you. You will find that opportunities abound in the Dubbo Region with a range of industries working together to create a strong and stable economy and an unemployment rate consistently below the New South Wales average.
The main industries we work in are: health, retail, education, government services, tourism, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, business services and transport. The surrounding region is also well positioned as an expanding mining services centre with both established and emerging mining and exploration projects.
The Dubbo Region is home to a high quality education network comprising of a mix of early childhood, public, independent and tertiary institutions. Whether you are looking for the perfect school for the kids or need to upskill for that next career move, you can discover a world of knowledge in your own backyard in the Dubbo Region.
If you’re looking for childcare close to home, there is a range of preschool, long and occasional day care, after-school and vacation care services across our neighbourhoods.
Charles Sturt University – Dubbo Campus / CSU has been providing the community with tertiary education for over 25 years. The Dubbo Campus offers a range of study options including full time, part time, on campus and online.
University of Sydney – School of Rural Health / Students in years 3 or 4 of the Sydney medical program can experience what it is like to live and work in rural and regional New South Wales for at least one year whilst continuing their studies.
TAFE Western – Dubbo and Wellington campus / You have every opportunity to upskill or learn something entirely new at TAFE Western with an extensive range of courses and programs available.
VERTO Western College – Dubbo / Is a not-for-profit community organisation that offers courses designed to help you get the skills you need to start a job, progress in your career or go on to higher education. The College also provides guidance and contacts for both education and work options beyond Year 10.
The Dubbo Region’s people are what really make this such a special place to live. You have so many opportunities to connect and get involved in our vibrant community, with an abundance of clubs and groups ready to welcome you. Meet new people, hone new skills or support the community you now call home.
Our region is proud to play host to a medley of faiths and places of worship giving you an opportunity to follow and practice your chosen faith. If you are looking to give back to the community we have a number of volunteer and charitable organisations to choose from. Take a peek into the fascinating past and rich culture of your new home by joining one of our historical societies or many multicultural groups. Whether you are looking for a support network, a way to influence change or even just meet like-minded residents there is a great choice of engaging groups to join.
Don’t forget the kids, there are so many opportunities for them to join a group, learn a new skill or just get out and have fun in the Dubbo Region. We have everything from guides and scouts, to circus troops and army cadets.
Whether you play professionally, passionately or just for social fun – there is a sport in the Dubbo Region for you. We are proud of our strong sporting culture and fantastic facilities, with a variety of social and competitive clubs available in our city, town and villages. The Dubbo Region has everything from camp draft to cycling, dance to disc golf, soccer to softball and so many more!
The Dubbo Region is the envy of regional New South Wales offering a broad range of medical and allied health services and facilities. The Dubbo Hospital serves as a base for the Orana Region (an area greater than one-third the size of New South Wales) and offers emergency and acute medical, surgical, obstetric and paediatric care.
Residents of the region have ready access to general practitioners, specialists and diagnostic services, as well as an extensive primary and community health network. The region’s hospitals are licensed to provide a variety of services including surgery, medicine, and rehabilitation, obstetric and neonatal care.
The region has scores of dentists, orthodontists, physiotherapists and other professionals providing general and specialised care within offices and surgeries in the city, towns and villages. For those seeking alternative health options the Dubbo Region has an impressive selection of massage therapists, reiki and meditation masters and naturopaths.
The Dubbo Region plays an important role in servicing the needs of aged care and retirees. There are many options for those entering retirement and seeking ‘community-style’ living with estates studded with quality apartments nestled in modern housing estates. These estates are home to social and recreational programs, and frequent catch-ups over a shared cheese platter by the pool! For the precious aged and frail members of our community, the region offers a number of retirement villages and facilities offering clinical care and a high level of safety and comfort.
Ours is a community that loves to get outdoors and explore! With a region rich in sporting fields, attractive parks, reserves and natural attractions there is so much to discover in your own backyard. With both Dubbo and Wellington situated on the banks of the Macquarie River, nature is a way of life in the Dubbo Region. Enjoy one of our delightful parks and gardens, offering you shady trees to relax under and wile away the day, stroll along the banks of the river or just enjoy the peace and quiet in the well-maintained gardens.
If you are looking to explore the great outdoors there is no better place than your new home. With opportunities for bushwalking and bird watching on our peaceful reserves, gentle strolls along the fertile riverbanks or even the popular Dubbo Parkrun for the fitness enthusiast. If you are a keen cyclist the Dubbo Region has you covered, with well-maintained cycleways in both Dubbo and Wellington or for the more adventurous among us there are downhill mountain bike tracks throughout the Mount Arthur Reserve.
The Dubbo and Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centres offer you the ultimate summer escape, with sparkling waters and facilities for the whole family and all ability levels. Our active and enthusiastic residents enjoy access to numerous gyms and fitness centres around the region. Offering everything from crossfit to pilates, yoga and group fitness classes. The young and the young at heart relish the challenge of tackling the Dubbo and Wellington skate parks. For those looking to get outdoors and enjoy something a little different, Dubbo boasts one of the best disc golf courses in New South Wales, as well as an exciting paintball facility, and an indoor multi sports centre home to basketball, indoor netball and indoor cricket.
Your place to shop.
Scratch that ‘retail itch’ in one of our eclectic boutiques, expansive malls or home-grown speciality stores. The Dubbo Region is a beacon for more than 200,000 people drawn from an area one-third the size of New South Wales.
Dubbo and Wellington offer a healthy dose of retail therapy. With a broad mix of major retailers and a range of specialist boutique stores, the choice of fashion, homewares and special gifts is endless. With so much variety, why not make a day of it? Take your time browsing, take a break for lunch or a quick coffee to refuel before continuing your shopping expedition.
From riverside markets and expansive malls in Dubbo to quirky boutiques and major retailers in both Dubbo and Wellington, the options in fashion, home décor, furniture and gifts are extensive. You can also take your time browsing for a pre-loved bargain or step back in time for a unique antique find.