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Keep your water bottle close, because summer is hot, hot, hot in Dubbo. Don’t be surprised if indoor activities (and their air-conditioned rooms) sound most appealing in the middle of the day. But Dubbo locals have been beating the heat for years, and there’s plenty of ways to stay active even on the hottest days if you know where to look.
Get your holiday shopping done at the dozens of stalls that pop up for the Lazy River Estates Christmas Market. Popular items include handmade and local jewellery, art, food, woodwork, and clothes.
Embrace the warm weather by walking or cycling the paths along the Macquarie River, or bring a picnic basket and plop down on the banks instead.
If you need a break from the spicy temperatures, take a day trip to the underground at Wellington Caves, which are 400 million years old and home to the first Megafauna fossil found in Australia.
When the heat breaks in Dubbo, the outdoors are an all-day playground. And the city is especially beautiful this time of year, as fall colors blaze around local parks and botanical gardens.
If you love a night of plays, musicals, and other theatrics, make sure to check the lineup at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. In fall, they often have acts in town from London’s West End and New York’s Broadway.
Cooler temperatures make autumn a great time to park your camper at Red Earth Estate and then stay for a unique pairing of wine tasting with dumplings.
Cooler weather also makes for an extra-pleasant local safari at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which has been designed to get you as close to the animals as possible. You can even stay overnight among zebra and giraffes in a lodge, cabin, or camp.
While other Australian cities face blistering heat or shivering cold, Dubbo’s winter temperatures are positively pleasant. On the other hand, the crowds have caught on, and August is one of the busiest months in Dubbo. Book your lodging early if you want to take advantage of this slice of heaven.
The long nights make winter a good time to stargaze at the Dubbo Observatory. And July through September is your best chance of viewing the Milky Way.
Speaking of longer evenings, catch a movie at the local WestView Drive-in. They reserve their showings for the cooler evenings of winter when it’s safe to hang out in your car.
Stuck with a rainy day? Head to Flying Doctor Visitor Experience, where you can learn about Australia’s most remote outback communities and the doctors and nurses who serve them.
Dubbo’s landscape really comes to life during spring, with the flora blooming and fauna singing. You’ll want to spend most of your time enjoying the area’s natural wonders, but pack a jacket—while daytime temperatures are near-perfect, evenings still get chilly.
Get spooked on a tour of the Old Dubbo Gaol, a 19th-century prison that’s been turned into a museum. Visitors can try to communicate with the beyond using special ghost-hunting tools.
Enjoy spring blooms at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens. Make sure to see all four sections: the Shoyoen Japanese Garden, the Sensory Gardens, the Biodiversity Garden and the Oasis Valley.
Get out and enjoy the outdoors before the flies come out on the APEX trail at Mount Arthur Reserve. Keep your eye on dirt toward the end of the trail for ground orchids.
Hotels near the sights
- Taronga Western Plains ZooGiraffes and zebras and meerkats, oh my. This zoo lets you get up-close-and-personal with the animals more than most others, and it’s one of Dubbo’s biggest attractions. There are lodges, cabins, and tents within the zoo itself; or down the street there are even more options near the Dubbo Golf Club.Read more
- Old Dubbo GaolThis 19th-century prison turned museum will make you thankful for your modern-day freedom. Staying in the area puts you right on the banks of the stunning Macquarie River, where you can roll out a picnic or take a breezy cycle. You’ll aso have your pick of several cosy cafes and chic shopping centres.Read more
- Western Plains Cultural CentreYou get three things in one spot with the Western Plains Cultural Centre: a gallery, a museum, and a community art centre. And if you stay nearby, you’ll be a short walk from the lovely Victoria Park, which is a nice place to lounge in the shade, and just down the street from the hubbub of Macquarie Street.Read more
- Red Earth EstateThis estate is part winery, part campsite, which makes it a super budget-friendly place to go wine tasting. Camp your van on-property or in nearby cabins to be close to both the Dubbo Observatory and the zoo. Plan to bring your own snacks, though, or to drive into town for meals.Read more
- Bluegum Dubbo Motel, Country Apartments, and Orana Motel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Taronga Western Plains Zoo. See the full list: Hotels near Taronga Western Plains Zoo.