Dubbo is considered the major inland crossroads of the Australian state of New South Wales, with highways leading off to Sydney (250 miles southeast), Brisbane (500 miles northeast), and Melbourne (500 miles southwest). The foothills of the Great Dividing Range are nearby. Sitting on the Macquarie River and the largest settlement of the Orana Region, Dubbo also is known throughout Australia and the zoological world as having very successful rare-species facilities specializing in the captive breeding facilities specializing in the captive breeding of rhinoceros. These facilities are home to several Dubbo MICE venues, like Zoofari Lodge.
The Dubbo City Regional Airport (DBO), which is two miles northwest of downtown, provides service to Sydney on QantasLink, Qantas' domestic airline.
Dubbo MICE venues include the Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, which has various spaces including the Macquarie Auditorium, which can host up to 700 persons, while the impressive theatre has 700 tiered seats.
Hotel venues in Dubbo are on the small size and mostly of the motor inn variety, but those able to look after groups include the 60-room Quality Inn Dubbo International, which has a conference center with three rooms for up to 115 persons total; the 36-room Cascades Motor Inn, which has four function rooms that can host a total of 175 persons; and the 28-room Macquarie Inn, which is part hotel, part inn, and where function space includes the James Crampton Room for up to 200 persons. On the grounds of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where those rhinoceros are cared for, is the Zoofari Lodge, which has 10 luxury lodges with another 15 under construction and will feel as though you are on safari, while the 66-room Ibis Budget is the best of the pick of motor inns that do not have meeting space.
The award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the star attraction in Dubbo, and it can arrange safaris as well as functions in its picnic grounds and for up to 140 in its Savannah Function Centre, for up to 50 in its Giraffe Room and up to 25 in the Zoo Friends Room. Other spots in Dubbo include The Old Dubbo Gaol, an 1847 courthouse lockup that only ended its penal institution days in 1966 and now serves as a unique space for seminars and receptions; the far less claustrophobic, outdoor Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre, which has club rooms and a barbecue area and can be rented outside of public hours; Western Plains Cultural Centre, a striking looking museum inside and out that has an auditorium, boardroom, and lobby that all can be used; and Dubbo Observatory, which is adjacent to the zoo and has a cafe and a planetarium and where groups can play 18 holes on an "astro" mini-golf course.
Restaurants to feed your group include the Red Earth Dining and Piano Bar, which serves seasonal dishes and is part of the excellent, boutique-style, 34-room hotel No. 95 Accommodation; fine-dining Two Doors Cafe Restaurant, which can look after groups larger than 50 persons and is in a house that was built for Dubbo's first doctor in 1873; Cattleman's Restaurant, which is far from being a sawdust and steak joint and has space for 300 persons, as well as four adjacent meeting rooms, all part of the 106-room Cattleman's Country Motor Inn Dubbo; attractive Lime Thai Restaurant, which is inside another motor inn, the 15-room Forest Lodge Motor Inn; and the eponymously named restaurant and bar inside the 55-room Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon Dubbo.