If you have travelled past the Western Plains Cultural Centre in recent weeks you may have noticed the car park has some out of the ordinary new additions in it.
Six brightly coloured, 20-foot steel shipping containers have taken up space there.
As part of a new free outdoor exhibition, community members can go inside each rectangular steel box and learn about the multitude of ways the shipping container affects their lives.
With about 42 per cent of everything in our homes - including food and drinks - coming to us out of a shipping container, exhibition organisers say the impacts containers have cannot be understated.
"Container shipping [brings] us everything from the clothes that you wear, to the shoes on your feet, the fridge in your kitchen, the TV in your living room, office furniture and more," said Marika Calfas, the CEO of the exhibition sponsor NSW Ports.
Each container in the exhibition has a different focus - including on the challenges shipping poses to oceans, how perishable goods are transported, the development of ports, how containers are used beyond just shipping and the origins of everyday objects households use.
"This has been planned for a bit over nine months to a year," Western Planes Cultural Centre exhibition curator Kent Buchanan told Australian Community Media.
"Its involved a lot of trucks, cranes, a forklift, lots of time spent prepping each of the containers," he said.
The exhibition originated at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and has been viewed by about 250,000 people already, Mr Buchanan advised.
"Through the generous support of NSW Ports they were able to tour it around the country," he said.
Mr Buchanan said each container in the exhibition uses solar energy to operate and contains visual displays, objects and other interesting interactive elements.
The exhibition was officially opened to community members by Dubbo Regional Councillor Stephen Lawrence last Friday.
"The containers will be here until October 13," Mr Buchanan said.
"People can come and wander through whenever they like."