6.1 out of 10

Dubbo

Ranked 4th best suburb in North Western
-32.2521597318934 148.615921975177
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Dec 04, 2016

"Counting down until we leave"

Pros: little traffic, even during "peak hour"; never more than 10 minutes from work (great if you have a young family); property prices reasonable; big backyards for growing families; large open spaces; fresh air; airport - well connected, flights to many different centres.

Cons: youth/indigenous crime/poor judicial response to same; isolation (Orange is 140+km away); no beaches; poor cafe culture/options; weather (Summers are too hot - hitting 40 degree days for weeks on end; Winters too cold - so you end up staying indoors for half the year); poor shopping options (although online shopping has been a saving grace); poor schooling options (most schools perform badly compared to the rest of the State); low standard daycare centres (avoid if you can!); sub-par medical facilities (even if you pay privately, good luck trying to get onto the books of a decent GP/specialist appointments involve months of wait time); very cliquey; lack of multiculturalism (although there is a growing Indian, Chinese population); high welfare-dependant demographic which is very visible and vocal (read: lots of swearing++); high crime rate (break and enters on the increase especially).

If Dubbo was a few hours east towards the Coast and had it a more multicultural element, it would be somewhat more inviting. As it is though, with its current demographic, and its extreme heat, it's quite intolerable. Personally, i am only residing here because it suits me for the time being, and with two young children, being so close to work is a godsend. Once my children are a little older, i will have no issue driving away, watching the 'city' of Dubbo getting smaller and smaller in my rear-view mirror.
Pros
  • No traffic
  • Realistic Real Estate values
Cons
  • Can be a bit hot in December & January
  • Vandalism and Petty Crime
  • Clique Based/Unwelcoming
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Moved from South Western Sydney, best thing we ever did"

After years of living in Sydney, Dubbo is just great. We have been here 9 years.
No traffic. Work is a 5 minute commute (no-one gets to work in under an hour in Sydney except those with their own helicopter). I remember the trains in Sydney breaking down and not getting home till 9pm. There was the abuse on the trains by those other "protected" ethnic minorities who we were terrified of offending.
In Sydney, there were the shootings down the road. Compared with Sydney, Dubbo is great, but lock up your houses and be careful where you go.
Locals avoid Macquarie St, which is rapidly becoming a ghost street. We all resent being intimidated by the "protected" little creeps who strut around with silly smirks on their faces, shoplifting and abusing the elderly and vulnerable. This is a recipe for civil unrest. Police do their best but have their hands tied by naive, inner-city "doctors' wives".
We did not know our neighbors in Sydney. Dubbo is considerably more friendly although they don't turn up with an apple pie to welcome you saying "howdy neighbour".
There are some decent restaurants, but many are woeful and expensive.
We miss the Sydney shows, although Dubbo and Orange seem to get a smattering of good acts. We love visiting Orange and Bathurst overnight.

If you go to Dubbo, I suggest:
Visit the local country towns and get out in the bush. The Warrumbungles are wonderful for a weekend stay in winter. The air is fresh, the sun shines and the sky is nearly always blue.
Locals get great rates at the Zoo, be a Zoo volunteer.
To meet people, there are several very good Rotary Clubs to join. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. The golf course is A++++. Bowls clubs are good. Hockey. Other sport. CWA. Persevere and you will get enough friends.
Pros
  • No traffic
Cons
  • Can be a bit hot in December & January
  • Vandalism and Petty Crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
MiddleA
MiddleA I have consistently over many years "heard" about the youth delinquent problem particularly that of the indigenous youth problem afflicting Dubbo. My question to what seems to be a constant factor is why is this permitted to continue? Surely strong and assertive policing and judicial action would minimise this problem. All it takes is the will of the local decision makers to take on the problem "children" whether of the indigenous variety or other varieties, to support the Police, to ensure the courts act in a corrective manner and to motivate delinquent parents.

The needs and fears of middle of the road productive citizens must be given priority over those citizens who take and destroy rather than produce.Its not rocket science - All it needs is a backbone and the do-gooders who protect the no-hopers to be marginalised!
Nov 01, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Can't wait to leave!"

I've lived in Dubbo 8 months so far and have already made the decision to move on once my year lease is up. People who are from here or have lived here for years think it’s the best place in the world and get completely sideways with anyone who doesn't agree. I can appreciate being proud of where you come from or live, but I can’t understand being completely oblivious to the problems. I've lived in big cities, small towns and in between, and Dubbo is definitely my least favorite place on the map to this point. There’s a huge issue with anti-social behavior, especially in the youth population.

I've found people to be very unwelcoming and incredibly clique based, and the job market and talent pool are beyond shocking. If you want a shot at a good job here, it’s all in who you know not what you know...skills or a great resume won't get you very far. That can be extremely frustrating if you’re trying to settle into a new place. In my opinion the selection in shopping is abysmal. Orana mall is marketed as a shopping super giant, and even with the addition being built, I’m not impressed with the place. I suppose if you've lived in a town of 100 people Dubbo would seem really modern, but for me it’s been underwhelming in every way possible. Rent prices are astounding for properties in shameful condition, in a town that doesn't have much going for it. I could understand the cost of living if it came with the benefits of a larger city, but it doesn't. If you go out for drinks or dinner in the evening (or even broad daylight for that matter) be prepared to be abused by the kids running wild up and down Macquarie Street. If you drive down the wrong street be prepared to have your car pelted with rocks or other objects flung in your path. There’s even one area that’s had mail delivery ceased due to the posties being repeatedly attacked.

A weekend off to the zoo, Japanese gardens or the old Dubbo Gaol is fun but isn't reason enough to live here. Is it survivable? Yes. Is it an enjoyable lifestyle? In my opinion, no. Does that mean there aren't any decent, friendly, cultured people anywhere in Dubbo? No it doesn't, but they are the exception to life in Dubbo, not the rule. I guess this is the best way I can illustrate it. I've lived in the United States most of my life where gun violence is rampant. I've been in New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Washington DC, Atlanta...some of the most shocking ghetto areas with serious violence issues, and I've never felt as unsafe in any of those places as I do in Dubbo. The children are so brazen and out of control here, after I stood a group down for verbally abusing me for simply walking past them one night, I was advised it was best not to show any reaction or I could quite possibly find myself stabbed for speaking back to them. Are you serious?? You've got adults running scared of hoodlums out tormenting residents every night, and popular opinion is that's the best way to deal with it?? It's so well known it's practically the first thing you learn as a new resident yet there's absolutely no police patrolling or attempting to control it. It's past disgusting.

The entire main street and surrounding business/shopping areas needed a face lift 30 years ago and the police should be patrolling on foot, bike and car to get the petty crime, vandalism, and the public nuisance issues under control. My experience has taught me if you don’t love Dubbo, the best thing to do is just move on. No one here is interested in hearing perspectives from newcomers…there’s actually no interest in newcomers at all. I've never felt more out of place and unwelcome in any town in my life. My husband is from Dubbo so I was so excited about moving back to his hometown but I am literally counting the days until we move. I had visited quite a few times and liked it enough to believe it would be a nice place to live; I was sadly mistaken. People here get so angry at the reputation and public opinion of Dubbo as a “bogan town”, and I can’t help but wonder what a different place this would be if they spent as much time and energy improving the city as they do defending what I see as very warranted opinions. There's such wasted potential just waiting on someone to have the guts to do what needs to be done to clean this town up.
Pros
  • No traffic
Cons
  • Job Opportunities
  • Vandalism and Petty Crime
  • Clique Based/Unwelcoming
  • Can be a bit hot in December & January
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
CristinaD
CristinaD That the said truth about dubbo
2yrs+
lilyb2
lilyb2 I agree with everything you've written. However, if i'm out walking (shopping), and there are people swearing around my children, i tell them to pull their head in. Ive never had anyone challenge me. That said though, you shouldn't have to do that to have a peaceful day out. But i find most parts of Sydney (where i'm from originally) has the same under currents in most of it's suburbs. I just think its very acute in Dubbo, very visible. The police are doing all they can, but the town is let down by the local judiciary.
Dec 04, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Low class town"

2year living in this town was way to long DANGEROUS place to live you cant even walk down the street with out some bum making you feel unsafe, Sorry Dubbo you need to fix this proplem to get a good review
Acanthus
Acanthus Not according to police statistics. Maybe it was your lifestyle.
2yrs+
CJF34259
CJF34259 I worked here as a police officer. Statistics don't always show a true reflection and do get 'fudged'. Dubbo does have big problems. Obviously don't live near the Apollo Estate, North-East Dubbo and in the vicinity of East Street, West Dubbo.
2yrs+
adriel
adriel I don't know about dangerous but groups of "ethnic" guys staring at you when you walk past them in the street is definitely off putting. I think Dubbo is good otherwise, plenty of options and the shopping centres are good.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Family Happy in Dubbo"

I have moved into Dubbo 5 yrs ago it is like most towns it has it good and bad points. I also lived in Gilgandra for 18 yrs. Those that are not happy should move somewhere else & see how they go. I lived down the coast & also the city for years & decided to bring my family up here to grow up as down there you find robbery, drugs & other things more .The thing is that when you live in the country you hear about everything that happens so it seems there are more problems where as in bigger cities you don't hear about these problems as much. So these people who run down Dubbo need to wake up to themselves.
Pros
  • Facilities - Entertainment, Education,Sports and Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Realistic Real Estate values
Cons
  • Can be a bit hot in December & January
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Great Place for Anyone"

After reading some of the reviews, I would suggest to these people, don't live in the 'slum' areas of a large city. Dubbo has a population of 40,000 approx and a shopping population of up to 130,000 at any one time. This means you don't get all the congestion but you do get all the amentities of a town of 130,000. Lots of shops, lots of real estate choices (1 acre or more to 500m3 blocks), theatre, art gallery, a music conservatory, restaurants, coffee shops, multi screen picture theatre, many private and public schools, multi campus TAFE, private colleges and masses of sports facilities.

Virtually everywhere is air conditioned, so the heat isn't really a worry and it is only hot for about 2 months a year when the temps can stay from 25 to 35 with an odd high 30's day. Winter isn't really that cold and most of the year the temperature is Autumn/spring type temperatures in the low 20's.

I live in a garden suburb, where the biggest problem is where to build a pool, have never been broken into, and have never been in any violent situation (I have lived here 35 years).

If you think you would like to live here, come and visit and see whats available. It's not like most badly planned,dirty cities I've been too. My visitors are always impressed especially with all the happy friendly locals.
Pros
  • Jobs
  • Facilities - Entertainment, Education,Sports and Shopping
  • Realistic Real Estate values
Cons
  • Can be a bit hot in December & January
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"havn't looked back"

I moved to Dubbo around 7 years ago and have really enjoyed my time here. I have met so many friendly people and enoyed all the facilities Dubbo has to offer.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"I love Dubbo!"

I have found Dubbo brilliant, one of the friendliest City's that I have ever lived in. The facilities are great, my children attend a lovely school and there aren't too many regional Cities that can boast a Myers. Traffic is minimal (some days, I get stuck for 2 minutes on the City's main round-a-bout in the mornings), the city is green and the Council has just opened a new theatre, and are bringing some great shows to town. It truely is a great City to live in.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"No Class!"

Sadly I couldn't recommend Dubbo for anyone who's even remotely progressive. After having lived in Dubbo for two years, I was very saddened to experience first hand, a general apathy from the locals when it come to standards of any kind. Of course, there are individuals & businesses who defy the odds, but unfortunately they are overwhelmed by an extreme underclass of individual who include among other things, unemployed youth in hotted up cars who lap the streets day and night, alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour EVERY weekend, teenage single mothers moving from one housing unit to another (conversing in charming language) and repeated break ins by those who won't work because its far more convienient to rip off another who will. Sadly, it's these people that out weigh the rest of us by about 10 to 1...such that the moment ones options change, the pleasant folks you want in your town - leave. It's no coincidence that Orange/ Mudgee and other surrounding towns are considered far more salubrious than Dubbo..,,maybe it's because their locals don't put up with the the level of trash that Dubbo does...everyone is simply resigned to the fact that it's because it's 'Dubbo' - South Dubbo/ Old Dubbo Rd, Lazy River Estate/ The Grapevine are lovely and well worth a visit though - it's a pity that the rest of them just can't get it together...,,Oh yes, my street was lovely, lovely trees and wide frontage - and even considered to be one of the more desireable areas to live in town...sadly, it was surrounded by loser individuals..renting...and as you know, it only takes one set of slobs to ruin it for everyone...and they are EVERYWHERE. If you decide to move to Dubbo...make sure you get a house alarm and a dog..but don't let the poor thing off the lead down near the river (the only other nice area of Dubbo)..because typically a ranger will give you a fine! Good luck!
jbs jbs
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nothing to do, too hot to do anything any way"

I’ve lived in Dubbo for 4 years and I wouldn’t recommend it. The main problem is its proximity, being so far inland there’s no nearby beaches or waterways and during summer it’s so hot you just have to stay indoors all day with the a/c. There isn’t anything to do on the weekends so all you can do is to travel somewhere like Newcastle or Sydney, 5 hrs drive though!
It has all the mainstream shops like Big W, Bunnings etc. but nothing special. There are a couple of good restaurants but most places don’t know what there doing. There are problems with crime, one night a mob of drunk kids damaged my car and others in the street and kicked in our fence.
Generally people here are friendly and down to earth, so that’s one good side, but the bottom line is everyone I know who’s left Dubbo said it was the best thing they’ve done.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"I didnt really like living in Dubbo"

Would only recommend it for people working in the area
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Dubbo- Western Plains Zoo is a big attraction."

Located about a 5 hour drive North West of Sydney, Dubbo has become famous for the Western Plains Zoo. Here animals roam free and you can get up close and personal from the safety of your car as you drive through the park. There are some really good wineries here as well as the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Dundullimal Homestead with the oldest Timber slab Hut in Australia dating from the 1840’s. Dubbo has lots of shops, hotel and motels as well as restaurants and fast food outlets. There are numerous walking tracks for the bush walker and for the keen, you can take a glider flight from Narromine.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Time_to_go
Time_to_go From the safety of your car?? It's a zoo, not a wild safari!
Yes, there is the option to drive around the zoo but the animals are "safely" behind fences and moats. You can get out of your car.
2yrs+
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"Right in the middle of the Golf Course"
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Smith Street

3.5/5
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Queen Street

3.5/5
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Oakland Way

3.5/5
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