Living in Dubbo

Dubbo is one of the leading inland regional cities in NSW. The increasing importance of Dubbo is reflected in its population growth. In the past 40 years the city has grown from a population base of 20,629 in 1971 to 42,000 in 2011. The shopping population throughout Orana Region is estimated at up to 120,000.

Dubbo has a large tourist market attracting over 400,000 visitors a year, many of whom are attracted to the world famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo. It is a major service centre for commercial, professional, medical, educational, retail, finance and agribusiness services for a huge area of inland NSW.

Dubbo’s significant road links provide ease of access to deep-water ports in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, giving local producers and manufacturers reliable exporting ability. Dubbo is the eastern termination centre of road trains providing efficient transport throughout the region and interstate along with B-Doubles. The Inland Container Terminal and other road and rail transport developments make Dubbo an ideal place to establish freight forwarding industry.

Dubbo offers industries looking to expand or relocate a regional centre with the combined incentive of prime location and low establishment costs. Where else in Australia would you find a region which promotes agriculture, industry and then goes on to sustain an endless demand for lifestyle activities. This is no secret, but the fact remains the Dubbo and the Orana Region has unlimited and untapped potential to provide a secure base for investment and economic development at every level.

Tourism attracts over 400,000 visitors annually to the City. It is a significant local industry that creates jobs, generates private and public sector investment, enhances local community facilities and provides a contribution and motivation to conserve our natural environment. Dubbo is a major tourist destination and home of the world famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The zoo is Australia’s largest open range zoo with animals from all over the globe. More than just a home to the zoo, there are a multitude of other great attractions to visit and activities to see whilst in Dubbo.

Dubbo is a well established member of the global village. Home to multiple internet providers and situated on the path of three major fibre optic cables. Businesses and residents are well placed to take advantage of the speed and variety of today’s latest information technologies. The city offers a range of ADSL, satellite, wireless and conventional dial-up internet service provisions. Dubbo is serviced by our fast growing and innovative IT sector including; hardware and software retailers, system design and analysis, networking specialists, web design and hosting for the home and business markets. The city has state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities available to cater for long distance meetings.

Dubbo hosts an extensive and diverse educational sector and is serviced by a total of 15 schools including; 3 high schools, 12 primary schools, public and private, 4 tertiary education centres and the Dubbo School of Distance Education, all offering choice and diversity to students.

These campuses are supported by the Charles Sturt University which opened in 1998 offering study using state-of-the-art communication technologies across all CSU facilities; Arts, Commerce, Education, Health Studies and Science & Agriculture.

The city is also home to University of Sydney – School of Rural Health, with campuses in both Dubbo and Orange, provides a supportive and co-operative educational environment and exceptional teaching facilities.

The TAFE College offers courses from a wide range of study areas including the arts, business computing, fashion, general education, hospitality, pre-trade, trades and rural. The Federal Government has recently awarded funding towards the Australian Technical College to be established in Dubbo.

Dubbo also offers 17 pre-schools/child care centres, along with 43 home based registered carers, and 2 after school vacation care centres.

Dubbo City’s importance as the centre of medical facilities for the Orana and Far Western Regions of New South Wales is reflected by its position as the second largest employer – 11.5% of the local workforce is employed in the Health and Community Services Sector. The city’s 3 hospitals, 2 Aged Care Facilities, 31 general practitioners and 25 locally based specialists are well supported by additional visiting specialists. Dubbo hosts an extensive allied health sector up to community and mental health services along with professional organisations such as Dubbo Medical Society and Dubbo Plains Division of General Practice as well as strong relationship with Charles Sturt University and the clinical school run through the University of Sydney.

One of the State’s largest inland cities, Dubbo is emerging as a dynamic regional centre with an abundance of talent boasting a country lifestyle supported by infrastructure and development yet has all the services you would expect of a metropolitan centre.

The City is an easy five-hour drive to Sydney, four hours from Newcastle and Canberra and a 10-hour drive from Melbourne and Brisbane

Dubbo is less than an hour’s flight from Sydney with more than 136 weekly flights.

Dubbo symbolise the resilience and vitality of the country and the city of Dubbo and the Orana Region of NSW is all about progress, diversity and opportunity.

Dubbo is home to more than 3,500 businesses and boasts a breadth and diversity of retail and service industries expected of a large regional city.

The Dubbo City Regional Airport is situated 5 kilometres North West of Dubbo and is serviced by direct flights to Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets is a multi-million dollar facility and is renowned as one of the nation’s major regional livestock selling centres. Operating for more than 50 years, the Markets have grown to be the largest sale yards in the nation in terms of combined sheep and cattle put through with in excess of 1.3 million sheep and 200,000 cattle sold each year. The Markets are recognised as a market leader, being one of the early sale yards to achieve Quality Assurance status under the National Sale yards Quality Assurance program and has also implemented an Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

Dubbo has switched to natural gas and the entire city was serviced by the end of 2001.


Officially opened in 2006, the Western Plains Cultural Centre incorporates; Dubbo Regional Gallery, Dubbo Regional Museum and the Community Arts Centre. The $8.2 million centre aims to provide a broad range of experiences in the visual arts, heritage and social history.

In 2010, the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre was officially handed over to the mayor. The theatre and convention centre houses a 500-seat tiered theatre and 700-seat auditorium. The state-of-the-art venue boasts a comprehensive computerised sound and lighting control room, a box office, acoustically designed auditorium, hydraulic orchestra pit, raised stage, dressing rooms, ?green room’, refreshment bar and designated seating for people with disabilities.

This multi-purpose venue is the ideal setting for a range of events including trade shows, seminars and conferences, meetings, award nights, weddings, performing arts and entertainment.

Dubbo at a Glance

Population: 40,822

Median Age: 35.7

Size of City: 3425 km²

Villages: Ballimore, Brocklehurst, Eumungerie, Mogriguy, Rawsonville, Toongi & Wongarbon.

Elevation: 275 m (Dubbo)

Main Industries: Health & social assistance, retail, education & training, professional & government services, manufacturing, transport, tourism, construction, warehousing.

Geographically located in the heart of New South Wales, Dubbo is undoubtedly the shopping capital of the West. Dubbo is a service city with a retail catchment population in excess of 200,000 people. It services a third of the geographic area of New South Wales.

Dubbo is the only city located in the Orana Region having developed over time as a major service centre and is situated at the meeting point of the Newell, Mitchell and Golden Highways. The City is an easy five-hour drive to Sydney, four hours from Newcastle and Canberra and a 10-hour drive from Melbourne and Brisbane.

Dubbo Tourism Information                 
Charles Sturt University                         
Dubbo Regional Council                         
Dubbo Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Regional Development Australia (Orana)
NSW State & Regional Development   
Dubbo Economic & Statistics Profile