Its name an Aboriginal word meaning ‘red earth, Dubbo is a regional city in western New South Wales, about five hours by car from the bustling hub of Sydney. A road trip it may be, but one well worth the effort, as there are dozens of great attractions and activities waiting to be discovered. The city is, of course, most famous for the legendary Taronga Western Plains Zoo, but there are plenty more adventures to be found than encounters with the zoo’s 350-plus species. For adventurous families in particular, this unique city and its surrounds will have you grabbing your paddles, gearing up and donning helmets and riding boots ready for action.
Nearby, a number of quaint and picturesque rural villages including Toongi, Wongarbon, Ballimore, Eumungerie and Brocklehurst make for great family-friendly day trips.