High season times in Dubbo are mid-December to the end of January, April (1-15 or thereabouts) and the end of September to the middle of October. Take a flight to Dubbo during the peak season and see the Dubbo Show, the annual agricultural show, takes place in May. The show has been a signature event in Dubbo for around 140 years and is dedicated to showcasing agricultural production, promote local businesses and to provide competition and entertainment to more than 20,000 visitors over three days. If you love literature, music and performance then take a flight to Dubbo and see The Eisteddfod festival which runs from May until July each year.
February is a low season month.
March, June, July and September are all good shoulder-season times when there will be fewer visitors and good weather, a great time to find cheap flights to Dubbo and explore it’s heritage. The Dubbo Stampede takes place in June on Father’s Day and is a running festival like no other. The race is open to all fitness levels, from fun runners to elite runners looking to beating a personal best, and offers a unique experience of running through courses through Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The running festival offers four different distances which range from 5.5km to the full 42.4km and really is a date to put in your running and social calendar as a fun day out for everyone to enjoy. Dubbo Multicultural Festival celebrates the region's different nationalities and takes place in September.
Many travellers will take flights to Dubbo with one destination in mind – the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the town's most famous attraction where 4000 animals roam freely on 3sq km of bushland - but there is plenty to see and do in this part of New South Wales.
Dubbo lies on the Macquarie River, in the heart of Explorer Country. The traditional owners are the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation but its more recent history goes back to the 1800s, the days of John Oxley and Robert Dulhunty. The remains of that time - the Old Dubbo Gaol, the Courthouse and the Dundullimal Homestead, one of the oldest homesteads in western NSW - are important sites around the area.
In addition to the zoo and the Gaol, other popular draws are the Military Museum, the boomerang factory, Victoria Park and Dubbo Botanic Gardens.
Dubbo is also within driving distance of Wellington, the twin-river town with fascinating caves; Parkes (home to the observatory, which received images of the moon landing in 1969 and broadcast them to the world); Coonabarabran, the gateway to the Warrumbungle Ranges and the Astronomy Capital of Australia; and the wine area of Mudgee.
Dubbo has a temperate climate. Summer temperatures range between 17 and 31 degrees although 38 degree-days are an occurrence. In winter the temperature range is 3-16 degrees.
Getting around Dubbo
From the airport to the city
Dubbo City Regional Airport (DBO) supports all regional flights to Dubbo, situated 5 km northwest of the city. There are car-hire companies and taxi services at the airport and it’s a ten-minute drive into the city on the Mitchell Highway.
Dubbo insider information
Dundullimal Homestead is located just five minutes from Dubbo. The homestead, which dates from the early 1840s, is a wonderful place to explore NSW's pioneering years. It was the head station of a 6,500-hectare squatting run and is furnished beautifully indoors. It's said to be the oldest timber slab house in Australia.
There is a lovely walk along the Macquarie River, which winds through the Dubbo parklands. It's a great place to fish or sit and enjoy the Outback.
Farmers' markets are held on the first and third Saturdays of every month, near the Tourist Information Centre. Seasonal produce, the best of the Macquarie Valley, is on sale.
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