School Holiday Guide to Dubbo

With a rich history and a wide range of attractions and activities, Dubbo is a great destination for families looking for fun and exciting things to do – and with the Autumn school holidays coming up on the 10th of April, it’s a perfect time to plan a family trip to Dubbo! We’ve collated some of the best family-friendly things to do in Dubbo, as well as some of Dubbo’s best restaurants. And, if you’re looking for accommodation, we know just the place!

What to Do

Dubbo Escape Room

Put the phones and tablets away and enjoy an experience like no other at Dubbo Escape Room! Use only your creativity and judgement to escape from one of the 3 physical escape rooms, or the virtual reality escape room. Each escape room is unique, with it’s own story and challenges to keep you and the kids coming back for more.

Pricing starts at $35 per person, and the escape rooms can be booked online via the Dubbo Escape Room website.

Note: Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Venture on inside the gates of Taronga Western Plains Zoo to get up close and personal with some of the world’s rarest animals through encounters, zookeeper talks, and tours. Don’t forget your swimmers as there is a waterpark and the Zoo Cafe & Bar halfway around the circuit! An entry pass is not required to access the café and waterpark.

Family passes start at $88.80 and are valid for two consecutive days, allowing you all the time you need to fully explore the zoo.

Wellington Caves

Find yourself on a day trip to Wellington’s wonderland to discover the underground. Listen to stories of discovery, science, and conservation to understand how the past informs us today. Children can also take part in the fossil finding sessions. We advise guests to book in advance during peak season.

Admission starts at $10 per person, and tickets are available onsite or online.

Reading Cinemas

Grab some popcorn & the family and come down to Reading Cinemas for the latest flick.

Dubbo Acquatic Leisure Centre

Soak up the sun either at the waterpark, in the Olympic-sized pool, or by the BBQ spaces on offer. Everyone is sure to have buckets of fun! The single-entry family admission fee is $18.50. 

Dubbo Tenpin Bowl

An abundance of fun is on the table with 18 bowling alleys, arcade games, and pool tables. We recommend booking a lane to ensure you don’t miss out. 

Inflatable World

Provide an unforgettable experience for the kids at Dubbo’s indoor inflatable playground. Laser skirmish is also available for the older children!

RFDS Experience

Immerse yourself in the daily operations of the Royal Flying Doctor Service through live control panels and see the live status of their planes. Listen to the true stories of Australian heroes and outback communities and step inside an actual aircraft.

Old Dubbo Gaol

Channel your inner historian and see history come to life with theatrical exhibitions, displays, and tours at this former prison. 

Dubbo Farmer's Market

Join our friendly locals on the first and third Saturday of each month to admire the seasonal fresh produce of the region and return home to prepare a delicious meal with your purchases. There is guaranteed to be something that sparks the interests of each guest at this magical event. Pets are permitted but must be on a lead.

Dubbo Theatre Company

Explore the shows on offer during your stay or step beyond the red velvet curtains for a backstage tour.

Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens

Stroll through the Dubbo Regional Botanical Gardens to locate four picturesque gardens, including the traditional Shoyoen Japanese Garden. Nestled amongst this must-see location, the Dubbo Adventure Playground is sure to have the children begging you to come back. 

Where to Eat

Pastoral Hotel

Make a reservation to find out why this local treasure is said to be the region’s family and hospitality hotspot. 

Garden Hotel

Parents can unwind around the beer garden or have a game of pool while the children run wild on the playground. Featuring live entertainment and quality food, the Garden Hotel is one of Dubbo’s best kept secrets. 

Down the Lane

Home to a bustling and vibrant atmosphere, this modern Italian venue is dedicated to serving garden party vibes and fresh local produce. 



A multiple award winning cafe in the heart of Dubbo, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or brunch!


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