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Dubbo is a major regional hub servicing central and far western NSW.

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Location

Dubbo is situated on the Macquarie River. It is located at the intersection of the Mitchell, Newell and Golden highways, 400 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney.

The open-range Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo is recognised as Australia's best, and the resident Black Rhinos have become a symbol for the city featuring in sculpture at strategic points around Dubbo.

How to get there

Dubbo has one of the leading regional airports in Australia. It is serviced by four airlines over various routes: Qantas, Regional Express (REX), JetGo and FlyPelican.

Dubbo Railway Station lies on the Main Western Line between Sydney and Bourke. The station is the terminus for a daily NSW TrainLink XPT service from Sydney.

Buses also serve Dubbo, with services to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Buses and taxis are available within the local area.

Population

Dubbo is home to nearly 40,000 people, the median age of residents is 36 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 15% of the population.

Dubbo is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Dubbo is serviced by both public and private hospitals. Dubbo Health Service has more than 150 beds and provides 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. The hospital is in the process of a major redevelopment.

Lourdes Hospital is a public hospital managed by Catholic Healthcare with less than 50 beds. It has a diverse range of services including rehabilitation, aged care, palliative care, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy pool, prosthetics, speech pathology, rural spinal injury program and social welfare.

Dubbo Private Hospital is 51 bed medical, surgical and post-natal hospital with day surgery.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Dubbo and the city is also a base for The Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Accredited GP practices

  • Delroy Park Medical Centre
  • Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Dubbo Care Family Practice
  • Dubbo Family Doctors
  • Dubbo Medical & Allied Health Group
  • Gumtree Medical Practice
  • South Dubbo Family Medical Practice
  • Western Plains Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Dubbo are: hospitals, primary education, social assistance services, takeaway food services and state government administration.
  • Education

Dubbo has a well-established education network including four tertiary institutions, three public secondary schools, three private secondary schools, nine public primary schools and six private primary schools.
  • Childcare

For young families, Dubbo has numerous facilities across the city offering a range of pre-school, long and occasional day care, after school and vacation care services.
  • Shopping

Dubbo is considered a major regional shopping centre with shopping precincts including Orana Mall (East Dubbo), Macquarie and Talbragar Streets including Dubbo Square and Riverdale Shopping Centre (City Centre) and Tamworth Street local stores (South Dubbo). Dubbo has many unique specialty stores as well as major national retailers including Target, Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings, Myer, Harris Scarfe, Big W, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship in the Dubbo area. These include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, and Greek Orthodox churches, the Kotku Mosque and the Baha’i Community.
  • Points of interest

Dubbo is a vibrant city offering many outdoor and cultural experiences. The Western Plains Cultural Centre includes four galleries, museum exhibition spaces and a community arts centre. The Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre houses a 500-seat theatre that hosts regular shows. The Dubbo events calendar lists the many happening throughout the city.
  • Sporting activities

As a regional city there are many sport clubs in Dubbo from AFL to volleyball and a plethora of sports in between. Dubbo Regional Council provides a comprehensive sports club listing and many teams have their own websites.
  • Community groups and activities

The Dubbo City website provides a community directory including community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Dubbo. A good place to start is the Facebook pages What's On In DubboDaily Liberal and Dubbo Professionals Network.