Although Taronga Western Plains Zoo is only a five to six hour drive from Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle, there's so much to see and do on the way that we recommend you take it nice and slowly.
There are wineries, historic villages and pubs, dramatic scenery and attractions for all ages - from hot air ballooning to horse riding - depending on the route you follow.
Fossick for gold near Bathurst, or visit Mount Panorama, famous for its car racing circuit.
On the way to Orange, drop into the picturesque village of Millthorpe. Near Mudgee you'll find the equally fascinating Hill End and Sofala. Both Orange and Mudgee are famous for their wine and food; both lie in some of New South Wales's prettiest countryside.
Parkes isn't just the home of the famous radio telescope, which starred in the film The Dish, it also has an annual Elvis Festival!
Click on the name of a town for more information, or go to www.visitnsw.com.au
Staying in Dubbo
Dubbo itself offers a range of accommodation options: Stay in a lovely old pub, the most modern of motels or in a quaint bed and breakfast - the possibilities are endless. Visit www.dubbo.com.au see what takes your fancy and fits your budget.