Dubbo is a major regional centre servicing central and far west regions with excellent transport links.
Dubbo is situated on the Macquarie River. It is located at the intersection of the Mitchell, Newell and Golden highways, 400km by road from Sydney.
It is a major road and rail freight hub to other parts of New South Wales and it’s linked by national highways north to Brisbane, south to Melbourne, east to Sydney and Newcastle, and west to Broken Hill and Adelaide.
Dubbo is one of the leading regional airports in Australia, with four major airlines providing around 200 flights per week to and from Dubbo, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Cobar and Broken Hill.
Dubbo railway station lies on the Main Western railway line between Sydney and Bourke. Dubbo station is the terminus for a daily NSW TrainLink XPT service from Sydney.
Buses also serve Dubbo, with major runs to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The major sources of employment in Dubbo are:
- Health care & Social assistance
- Retail Trade
- Education & Training
- Accommodation & Food Services
- Public Administration & Safety
Dubbo Base Hospital has been granted a substantial amount of funding for redevelopment. This new part of the hospital includes six digital operating theaters, an amazing new maternity and day surgery unit as well as a state-of-the-art central sterilizing department. Funding of $150 million has now been granted by the government for Stages 3 and 4. This redevelopment is still in the planning phase.
The services provided by Dubbo Base Hospital include 24 hour Emergency service, general and specialised medical/surgical, maternity, paediatrics, cardiac/coronary care, palliative and oncology care, renal, orthopaedics medical imaging, ophthalmology, pathology, psychiatry, allied health, ambulatory care/outpatient clinics, stroke services, and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation cardiology services. This hospital has 151 beds and includes an emergency department.
Lourdes Hospital is a public hospital which is managed by Catholic Healthcare with less than 50 beds. It has a diverse range of services which complement the rest of the community. Services include rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, geriatrics, aged care, palliative care, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy pool, prosthetics, speech pathology, rural spinal injury program, social welfare to name a few.
Dubbo also has a 51 bed medical, surgical and post-natal private hospital with a private day surgery.
Dubbo is supported by an ambulance service and is a base for The Royal Flying Doctors Service.
Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service
Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic
Dubbo Care Family Practice
Dubbo Family Doctors
Dubbo Medical & Allied Health Group
Gumtree Medical Practice
South Dubbo Family Medical Practice
Western Plains Medical Centre
Dubbo has a well-established and expanding high quality education network comprised of four tertiary institutions – Charlies Sturt University, University of Sydney – School of Rural Health, TAFE Western, and Western College; three public secondary schools, three private secondary schools, nine public primary schools and six private primary schools. Search schools
For young families, Dubbo has 18 facilities scattered throughout the City offering a range of pre-school, long and occasional day care, after school and vacation care services.
Dubbo is also considered a major shopping centre for the surrounding regional areas in the Central and Far Western districts of New South Wales.
Dubbo has many shopping districts including, but not limited to, the large Orana Mall (East Dubbo), Macquarie and Talbragar Streets (City Centre), Dubbo Square, Riverdale and Tamworth Street local stores (South Dubbo).
Dubbo also has many boutiques and unique stores as well as major national stores including Target, Coles, Woolworths, Mitre 10, Bunnings, Myer, Harris Scarfe, Big W, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman.
A new suburban shopping centre in West Dubbo contains a Woolworths supermarket (Dubbo’s third) and 15 smaller retail shops.
There are many places of worship in the Dubbo area. This includes Anglican, Baha’i, Baptist, Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, Christian, Community, Greek Orthodox, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kotku Mosque, Lutheran, Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, Aboriginal, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Uniting Churches.
Dubbo features the open-range Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which is home to various species of endangered animals, including the White, Black and Indian Rhinoceros’, and runs a successful breeding program for a number of endangered species. The zoo is home to numerous specimens from around the world in spacious open-range moat enclosures, grouped according to their continent of origin.
Other town attractions include the historic Dundullimal Homestead and the historic Old Dubbo Gaol in the middle of the commercial centre of Macquarie Street.
The Western Plains Cultural Centre includes four gallery exhibition spaces, two Museum exhibition spaces and a Community Arts Centre.
There is also the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre with a 500 seat tiered theatre and regular shows.