Plan a kid-friendly trip to Dubbo

Dubbo is becoming one of the most popular family holiday destinations in New South Wales.

With the large open zoo, ancient caves and a historical gaol, you will be able to keep the kids entertained for the duration of your stay in Dubbo.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Spreading across 300 hectares of bushland, the zoo is home to over 700 animals from five continents. The layout of the zoo allows large spaces for the animals to roam freely and gives visitors a unique look in on the animals’ natural behaviours.

No matter the weather, this zoo is a blast. The zoo’s 6km circuit can be navigated by foot, bike or your own vehicle. If you arrive early enough you can even navigate the zoo on an electric buggy which the kids are sure to love. There’s also a night time feeding tour and a choice of accommodation including glamping.

Savannah Cabins Dubbo

Treat the family to a stay at the Savannah Cabins. The cabins are fully self-contained and give the kids plenty of space to explore in the afternoon following a day out. Before you settle down for dinner, trek through the long grass to an opening on the property, if you are lucky you may be able to see giraffes grazing over the fence.

Being in the Aussie outback you will probably spot several kangaroos, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. There is plenty of space for the kids to run around with other neighbouring families, where they can play a game of footy or tag.

If everyone is still awake after a day of exploring Dubbo, walk to one of the clearings on the property and lay back on a picnic blanket and watch the stars.

Old Dubbo Gaol

This gaol is a must-see on any itinerary when staying in Dubbo. Take a step back in time and explore part of Australian history, and with the assistance of a tour your kids will not be scared at all.

School holidays are the best time to go as the staff will often have pre-organised school holiday programs which are perfect for the little ones. Their interactive tours will make it an experience the family will always remember.

Wellington Caves

Wellington is just south of Dubbo and is the home of a cave system filled with 400 million-year-old Early Devonian limestone. In addition to the magnificent sights, the cave is the most significant site for mammal fossils in the world.

These fossils range in age from 30,000 to four million years old and you can easily see Megafauna within the cave’s walls. The sight is sure to amaze the kids.

If you are planning a trip to Dubbo on your next regional Australian trip view our list of great New South Wales destinations to visit.