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