Dubbo has tasty bites of history and adventure

Caption: Take in the night sky at the Dubbo Observatory

Have dog will travel! That is the motto of almost everyone in the greyhound industry and is the reason why its followers are among the most travelled of any Aussie. Each month Chase will highlight a spot on the map of Australia, usually coinciding with a major greyhound race, and explain why you should stop off and smell the roses. This month we look at NSW’s Dubbo – home of the Brother Fox Classic, to be run on May 21.

Few places in Australia better combine rural charm and colonial history with a twist of African Safari than Dubbo.

The first place that comes to mind when many people think of Dubbo is the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Home to 5,000 animals, people travel from all over to see the African lions, Asian elephants, cheetahs, Sumatran tigers, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, koalas, and many more animals.
For a true safari experience, stay overnight in the Zoofari Lodge, which is positioned right beside a stunning savannah, home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra, and antelope. The lodges also have access to a licensed restaurant, bar, lounge, and saltwater swimming pool.
Located on the main street of Dubbo is the Old Dubbo Gaol. Operated for 119 years, this place is truly where history comes to life.

Take a tour alongside the gallows gallery and see the extensive collection of hangman’s kits overlooking condemned prisoners whose crimes sent them to the gallows.
Listen to the stories shared from the most hardened criminals and enjoy the captivating theatrical performances and talks on penal life, including breakouts and adventurous tales.

For a more spooky experience, the After Dark session includes some spooky fun for the whole family, while the Beyond the Grave session explores the dark cells by torchlight.

On the first and third Saturday of the month the Dubbo Farmers’ Markets are thriving with 60 stall holders selling locally grown produce.
Another great foodie spot is the Press, a local café located in a heritage building that once housed The Land newspaper. Serving local ingredients and crafted coffee, this little gem won’t disappoint.
For a quick bite, grab an award-winning gourmet pie from the Village Café Bakery.
Take in the night sky at the Dubbo Observatory. Join in on a night sky tour of the stars, planets, and galaxies through six telescopes. Constellations are pointed out along with detailed explanations for all ages.
Dubbo has some of the oldest and best-preserved homes from the mid-1800s and you can see them at the Dundullimal Homestead. Now open to the public, the homestead gives a glimpse into rustic Australian life, including blacksmithing forge, sunken ‘cool room’ and sandstone stables. Bring the family and a picnic at this tranquil rural property.

 

 

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