A lot more diverse than people probably realise
Just way too far from the beaches..
Have to see the Western Plains Zoo
Riding around Dubbo on the back of a hugely powerful trike.We saw an advert at the Dubbo visitor centre and they recommended us to take a totally awesome trike ride at dusk. Chief Rider Peter came to pick us up and after we were securely seat belted into the back seat, and really cool black helmets were placed on our heads, we took off on an...more
Dubbo is steeped in history and has quite a few nice buildings, so I suggest doing the Dubbo Heritage Walk that begins at the Dubbo Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Macquarie and Erskine streets. There are 37 locations on the map, and most are over one or two streets, so it is quite easy to complete. Pick the map up, or download from the...more
There have been several St. Brigid's Churches in Dubbo, infact, there are still two standing close together today. Work began on the second St. Brigids began in 1869. Evidently there were many problems when this Church was being built, including the size being made smaller because of financial difficulties.For 3 years it stood as a shell of a...more
The Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo is an open range zoo, home to over 1500 animals from all over the world. Here, you can drive around in your own car, walk, cycle, or hire a cart from the Zoo.As we had our own car, we drove. The day was quite hot, so this was a great disadvantage to us for viewing the animals. We found most of them were in the...more
The Old Dubbo Gaol, AND still I haven't been able to visit the inside of this Gaol.Dubbo was a new settlement that sprang up on the banks of the Macquarie river in the mid 1800's. Guess what was one of the first buildings built??? The Courthouse lock-up in 1847, plus a Constable’s residence and the post office. Many crimes happened in those early...more
When I was walking around our Caravan Park, I happened to notice some artwork on one of the Bridge pylons. Even though I have stayed here before, I had never noticed this, perhaps it hadn't been there before. Being curious, I soon was outside the park, and walking underneath the Bridge. What a find I had!On every pylon, from one end of the Bridge...more
DUBBO..While in Dubbo make sure that you put some time aside to visit the Western Plains Zoo. This is the home to over 1000 animals from all over the world. This is a partner zoo with Sydneys Tarongah Park Zoo. A well known zoo worlwide for its breeding programmes of endangered species..ie: the Cheetah..Przewalskis Horse and the Black Rhino's. Much...more
DUBBO..Called "The BIG M"...The military museum here is huge.. and anyone with a military interest in army vehicles ..this is for you..it is really well set out over several acres and is a hands on access to many units..it gets away from where every thing is set up in a line as the vehicles are set up in their own display..allow awhile for this as...more
DUBBO'S MAGNIFICENT WESTERN PLAINS ZOOJust as I've seen the town grow at different stages I've also seen the Zoo grow from an ungainly young thing to now a magnificent adult and who knows how much better it may get in the future.Never been a "zoo" type of person, but at this stage of my life I now understand & appreciate the work they can do in...more
Dubbo's zoo is a family friendly place where both young and old can commune with the animals in a fantastic setting where bushwalking can be combined with viewing and getting to know animals from all over the globe!The hugely spectacular bushland of Dubbo's Taronga Western Zoo is suitable for family picnics and other fun things for the whole...more
A ‘must see’ if you are in Dubbo. Make sure you allow a couple of days to see the Zoo. (A one day admission gets you in free for the second day too.)It’s best to go as early as you can and in cooler weather when the animals are awake. They slow down in the middle of the day if it’s too hot - like us!Hiring Bikes is a good option - take plenty of...more
When you are in Dubbo you cannot miss the Western Plains Zoo. It is a huge zoo and you will need to rent a bike, a cart, or take your car. At first I wasn't really thrilled with the zoo because there were too many animals that I could see back in Toronto, but then we got into some animals I'd never seen before from Asia, and of course, Australia. I...more
For us Aussies growing up on a diet (I don't mean that literally. lol!) of our furry mammals like kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wallabies etc we always have that craving to see the more exoitc creatures, especially, for me at least, the African ones.Well, despite Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney having views of the city that are really stunning & it is an...more
I'd be lying if I said that it really stood out in my mind clearly now. My friend introduced me to the joys of being able to get a reasonably priced meal, and then spend what you saved on drinks and the "pokies".
To get into the RSL you must come from at least 15 kms away, I think... may be less or more than that. Coming from Toronto, Canada allowed me free entrance into any of the clubs.
Favorite Dish: We ate in the Bistro in Dubbo's RSL - I think there was a more upscale dining room here. The food was good - had roast lamb and a good selection of vegetables. It was well cooked, and local lamb, and a reasonably sized serving.
If you've arived by train or plane now you have the issue of getting around the environs of Dubbo city & surrounds.You have two options which are firstly to hire a car or secondly catch a taxi to get around. If you are only staying a brief time say a day then a cab may be the option. You can contact them on 13 10 08 for Dubbo.If you are planning on...more
We drove to Dubbo in our own car, but if you happen to be visiting Australia from overseas then here are your options for travel to Dubbo.By car: - Dubbo is described as being at the hub of north-south & east-west road networks, about midway between Melbourne & Brisbane on the north-south hub. It's about 5 & 1/2 hours drive west of Sydney & that's...more
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If you visit any Australian city or town in the
country you'll usually be presented with a choice of either Angus & Robertson's or Dymocks or just one or the other.
I love it when we visit a place to find there's a different bookshop to our two big Aussie franchises (not that there's anything wrong with either of them, hey're both very good).
so I was very pleased when we found then Book Connection in the main street of Dubbo, not too far from where the main photo on my Dubbo intro was taken.
What to buy: What makes it so special? For me it was the excellent range of Australiana/Australian history books that you don't normally find in one of these smaller shops in particular
If you come to Dubbo, then you can expect to see Aboriginal people in the streets, etc.
This is because the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation are Dubbo’s traditional owners, and still make up 10 per cent of the local population (2006 Census).
Not only did I see the people, but I saw their beautiful paintings
The museum and galleries of the Western Plains Cultural Centre, showcase indigenous artworks and capture the history of the Tubbagah People. At the Terramungamine Reserve, there are examples of Aboriginal grinding grooves used by the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri tribe to sharpen tools.
Like riding your Bicycle, then go for a ride along Tracker Riley Cycleway, which weaves around the Macquarie River in Dubbo. It is named after Alec Riley, the first Aboriginal police tracker to reach the rank of sergeant and to receive the King’s Medal. Aboriginal trackers are extremely good!
So you can see, Dubbo is quite an interesting place to learn about the Aboriginal culture.
While you are at the zoo you may see some Emus wandering around free. Don't try approaching them - they are not friendly, and could do you some serious injury. All you have to do is to take one look at those beedy red eyes and just see malice lurking within. Use your telephoto lens and get close that way. The poor folks in the car beside him were afraid to get out, and we didn't want to get any closer to get to our car. We waited until he decided to wander off.
The Murrumbidgee River derived its name from the aboriginal language and means "plenty water" or "big water".The Bidgee flows for more than 1500 kms through NSW , until it reaches the mighty Murray River. In some places there are long stretches of white water that canoe enthusiasts love, and in other places the river is wide and sandy, and great...more
Travelling from South to North, I passed through some of this countries finest towns and cities. Wagga Wagga is just one of many, and I took this route just so I could see this city.Unfortunately, this city deserves a longer stay than I was able to give. A truely lovely place, with lots friendly people.more
Dubbo area is Sheep and Lamb country, as well as Cattle, cereal cropping including wheat, barley, canola, field peas and lupins as well as citrus and wine grapes. This is what you will see in the paddocks, depending on what time of the year you come here.Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets is a multi-million dollar facility and is one of the nation’s...more
As far back as I can remember, Dubbo has always been a very popular city to visit. For this reason, it is wise to make advance bookings, especially accommodation.I always thought, because Dubbo has lots of great accommodation places, there is no need to book. 'Wrong' ...This trip was no different, and I had to overnight in another town nearby,...more