Dubbo lies on the banks of the Macquarie River and is a major service centre for the Central West
area. It is best known as the home of the Western Plains Zoo, the first zoo of its kind in Australia. The open range zoo spreads over more than 300ha of landscaped park and displays animals from six continents, most of which range freely in areas prepared and maintained to resemble their natural habitat. You can drive around the access road to see the exhibits, but a fun way to see it all is to hire a golf cart or bicycle.
Close to the zoo is the oldest surviving home in the district, Dundullimal Homestead. Built from timber slabs in the 1840s, the National Trust-protected Dundullimal has a high-pitched roof that was originally shingled, low verandahs and stone stables.
Other things to see in Dubbo include Old Dubbo Gaol, where you can experience the harsh conditions meted out to criminals in the past. There are parklands and walks along the banks of the Macquarie River or you can take a river cruise.
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