Dubbo's summertime tourists are 'friends and relatives'

Almost one million people visit the Dubbo region each year including “friends and relatives” undeterred by summer heat.

DUBBO DRAWCARDS: Dubbo Visitor Information Centre's Carmen Isbester, Ashleigh Allen and Gemma Handley display brochures highlighting the city's attractions. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO DRAWCARDS: Dubbo Visitor Information Centre's Carmen Isbester, Ashleigh Allen and Gemma Handley display brochures highlighting the city's attractions. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Regional Council’s Jacki Parish reports that the majority of tourists in the region before, during and after Christmas and New Year are “people visiting family”. She said their numbers were steady, if not increasing slightly.

“Sometimes the weather doesn’t help but there are a variety of attractions that can support any condition,” Mrs Parish said.

“One of the coolest places to be at the moment would be inside the Wellington Caves.” 

She said “mates’ rates” at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the caves and Old Dubbo Gaol were drawing residents of the region and their guests, almost half of them in paid accommodation.

“The city is certainly open for business with locals supporting locals and sharing that information with guests,” Mrs Parish said.

She is encouraging use of visitor information centres at Dubbo and Wellington and www.dubbo.com.au.