5 days in Dubbo and the Great Western Plains Itinerary

5 days in Dubbo and the Great Western Plains Itinerary

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5 days in Dubbo and the Great Western Plains Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  2​h 45​min
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Sydney


Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to Terramungamine Reserve and Rock Grooves, then browse the collection at Macquarie Regional Library, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shoyoen Japanese Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubbo online journey planner .

Sydney to Dubbo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dubbo, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Coonabarabran.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine
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Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Shoyoen Japanese Garden ©
Shoyoen Japanese Garden


Coonabarabran ©
Surrounded by lovely, largely unpopulated countryside, Coonabarabran is notable for the number of small churches in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Warrumbungle National Park. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Sandstone Caves, examine the collection at Crystal Kingdom Museum, look and learn at Siding Spring Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Kingdom, and finally admire the majestic nature at Nelson Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Coonabarabran trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubbo to Coonabarabran takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Coonabarabran can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coolah.

Things to do in Coonabarabran

Nature Parks Museums
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Warrumbungle National Park ©
Warrumbungle National Park
Siding Spring Observatory ©
Siding Spring Observatory
Sandstone Caves ©
Sandstone Caves


Coolah ©
Coolah is a town in the central western part of New South Wales, Australia in Warrumbungle Shire. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Coolah Tops National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coolah trip planner .

Getting from Coonabarabran to Coolah by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Coolah, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coolah

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Coolah Tops National Park ©
Coolah Tops National Park
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