The vibrant city of Dubbo lies 5 hours inland from Sydney, in New South Wales and is easily accessible via road, train or plane. Blending together the best attributes of rural and urban influences creates Dubbo’s truly unique appeal. Stay at the tastefully refurbished Forest Lodge Motor Inn, a peaceful location near gardens and reserves yet close to the bustle of town and enjoy the best of both worlds in Dubbo!
The motels accommodation options include a number of different bed configurations to suit a variety of guests. Your choice of Single, Queen Single, Queen Double or Twin Room will cater to the requirements of solo traveller, couple or small groups. Families or larger groups will benefit from the Family Room (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children), or the Two Bedroom Unit sleeping 5 guests with a queen sized bed, trundle and bunk bed. An adjoining unit can be utilised for a reasonable rate should you have additional guests to accommodate.
A range of pleasing extra facilities are available on request, which include: extensive breakfast menu delivered to your room, the privacy of double glazed windows, swimming pool and the Lime Thai Restaurant, a fully licenced eatery offering delectable Australian and Thai cuisine.
Take your pick from some of the motels great package deals. The Budget Getaway is available at a minimum of 2 nights stay and 2 adults and includes delish country style cooked breakfast for $250, or the Forest Lodge Family Deal for larger groups at a minimum of 2 nights stay and 2 adults will also provide cooked breakfast daily for the low price of $360.
The Forest Lodge Motor Inn provides an excellent base to explore Dubbo’s cultural heritage, arts scene and city charm. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated in neutral décor, and the motel’s focus on delivering a restful, quality experience at a competitive price makes this a suitable choice for a diverse range of visitors and budgets.
Dubbo is the perfect city from which to take a day trip out through central and western New South Wales. Discover Cumnock, Molong and Canowindra and the awe-inspiring views of Mt Canobolas. Sample fine wines and local produce or be blown away by the ‘Age of Fishes Museum’ in Canowindra. Visit Coonamble and its many equine focused attractions at the largest Rodeo and Campdraft in the Southern Hemisphere or the excitement of authentic country horse racing in Spring. The town of Narromine has a quaint shopping village, pubs and hotels with old-fashioned country charm and a range of great fishing spots and the Shire of Parkes has an array of different attractions including museums, the much-loved Elvis exhibition and infamous Radio Telescope for those with an interest in astronomy or cosmology.
There is something new and exciting to explore every day around the city of Dubbo.
Visit the incredible Taronga Western Plains Zoo, set amongst natural bushland with 100’s of animals from around the globe and a commitment to breeding endangered species. Grab a map and weave your way through 6km of exhibits, with shaded spaces, picnic grounds, Café, snack shop and visitors plaza dotted around the zoo for your comfort and convenience. Don’t forget to pick up something special from the Zoo shop during your trip!
Other great attractions include the excitement and drama of Old Dubbo Gaol with a range of interesting displays, artefacts and stories of prison life in the 19th century. Or consider a day out at the Aladdin’s Cave Bottlehouse with an incredible yurt-style building made of 3,000 bottles, each housing incredible trinkets, messages, photos and toys. There are extensive fairy gardens and areas within the premises inspired by all the children’s classics such as Snow White, Thumbelina, the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs and the Magic Faraway Tree.
Dubbo has loads of amazing artworks and cultural experiences to discover. The Western Plains Cultural Centre is an all-in-one venue with exhibitions, events, workshops regularly on offer. The centre includes regional gallery, museum, community arts centre and the Outlook Café, a great place to retreat for coffee and cake.
View a collection of Dubbo’s finest artworks at Dubbo Art & Craft Society or learn something new by getting involved in one of the society’s many art and craft classes, from folk art to spinning and weaving.
Get engrossed in Dubbo’s rich local history by touring Dundullimal Homestead. Built in the 1840’s this national trust property has been carefully preserved and is a fine example of early colony life in the region. Take a self-guided tour through the home and surrounding 4 hectares of traditional gardens, or stop for a refreshments in the café.
Pound the pavement of Dubbo’s enchanting city and learn more about the rich layers of her history by participating in the Dubbo Heritage Walk. Commencing from the local visitor information centre, use your printed guide to follow the footsteps of the city’s early pioneers with stories of bushrangers, underworld figures, to the opulent structures and buildings created by iconic architects.
Dubbo is home to many beautiful parks and natural attractions. Take pleasure in Victoria Park’s stunning trees, rose gardens, Orchid greenhouse and long lines of stunning Jacarandas. The park features a duck pond dedicated to Queen Victoria, War Memorial Cenotaph and surrounding sports park and children’s playground for visitors wishing to get active in the park.
Transport yourself into the tranquil surrounds of Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden, a complex of four garden spaces, the Shoyoen authentic Japanese garden, Biodiversity Garden with displays of local plant communities indigenous to the Dubbo region, the Sensory Garden invoking all the senses through a variety of experiences and the new Oasis Valley, a display of dry rainforest flora and local bushland species.
Spoil yourself by calling into one of Dubbo’s many cellar doors and vineyards for quality food and wine tastings. Explore a range of delectable wines sourced from hand picked fruit at the Red Earth Estate Cellar Door, with accompanying platters of mouth-watering cheeses, regional produce and fresh fruit from the vineyard. Tombstone Estate Vineyard and the adjacent rose gardens create a romantic setting to sample premium wines made using traditional wine making processes, and the Lazy River Estate is a short five minute drive from Dubbo in tranquil bushland hosting a range of events and pop up markets.
Dubbo has so many excellent activities catering to a variety of interests. A few popular forms of entertainment include the Western Plains Riding School, with trail rides and lessons available at impressive prices, Elston Water Park, a children’s water-based park with playground, open grassed areas and BBQ facilities. Savour some laughter and excitement with friends or family at Dubbo Tenpin Bowl with 18 lanes, pool and air hockey tables, video games and prize machines or see Dubbo from a completely unique perspective as you take off through the city on a motorised, custom built OzTrike, with a tour guide from Trike Adventure.