Hi – sorry for the late reply – been hibernating!!! lol
Thanks for the tip about WORD – I am writing this in Word as we ‘speak’!!
We also stayed at Dubbo City Holiday Park and could not fault it either. We cheated and stayed on an ensuite site – it was FABULOUS but because it is designed for caravans it took some organising to get the tent to fit and the ground was like cement!! As a result it took AGES to set up and hubby was not a happy camper – but once we finally got sorted we had the BEST holiday ever. The park was secure although a lady’s handbag was taken from her car so you need to be vigilant – I think that goes for any park these days. The pool was FREEZING but we were there in April so not great swimming weather.
As for Dubbo itself – wow – we loved it!! We of course went to the Zoo. I can understand why Josh would have thought it was expensive but for us it was great value because we had two FULL days at the zoo. The first day our kids went to the ‘Zoo Keeper for a Day’ adventure – you basically drop the kids off at 8:30 and pick them up at 3pm. They had a great time ‘behind the scenes’. While they were doing that, my hubby and I took a casual stroll around the zoo and took photo’s etc – we also went on the African Adventure – can’t say that was worth the money. A little disappointing. The second day (the admission price includes two consecutive days at the zoo) we went around the zoo with the kids on the tag along bike – WOW, WOW, WOW – it was awesome!!! We had such fun and because we took heaps of photos of the animals the day before, there was no sitting around getting bored for the kids.
Aside from the zoo we visited the Aladdin’s Cave Botttlehouse – that was really weird!! It’s basically a couples house that is surrounded by all sorts of fairy tale figurines and displays. For example there is a big stuffed doll and a harp in a tall tree – Jack and the Beanstalk. The Bottle House is pretty – also slightly weird but the kids thought it was unreal!!!
We also went to the Japanese Gardens in Dubbo – near the Woolies shopping centre – REALLY beautiful – we got some gorgeous pics of the kids! There were also Japanese Gardens at Wellington Caves – they were pretty but not as impressive as the Dubbo one. Wellington Caves was nice – we went into the little cave – cannot remember the name off hand – it was perfect for the little ones. There is also a much bigger cave where most people went which I have heard is lovely but not as impressive as Janolan caves.
The Astro Golf – just past the zoo – was SHOCKING!!! Some guy has literally mixed up cement and made a putt putt course!! It is ridiculous!! The one hole was so overgrown that it was actually impossible to play!! We decided against the star gazing which is at the same place!! lol
Dubbo Goal was another weird place – if you are into history you will love this but it is VERY creepy. My daughter who was 6 at the time was completely freaked out and her and I ended up sitting on the bench while my hubby and son explored. We had not planned on visiting the Goal but the Astro Golf was closed on the day we planned to go (even though it’s open 7 days a week ..???)
On the way home we went via Parkes and went to the telescope. It is really impressive and worth the detour if you are in the area. There is a 3D movie that you can watch which was quite interesting. We also did another ‘little’ 140km detour to the ‘Utes in the Paddock’ – OMG – let’s just say that it was an adventure!! We got some gorgeous photos but it was not exactly fun!!! lol BUT having said that, whenever we look at the photos we all have a good laugh!! The Utes are in the middle of NOWHERE and they have pretty much been stuck in a paddock and never touched again!! Us, the car and the trailer were FILTHY by the time we finished our little detour because everyone who we spoke to forgot to mention that you had to drive along for couple of kilometres on dirt road – that nice red, sticky dirt!!! Don’t let me put you off though – not many people have pictures of themselves and the Utes so it is an unique, once in a lifetime experience!!
All in all, Dubbo got a big thumbs up from us – even with the few blunders. The highlight was without a doubt the Zoo – we would go back just for the zoo! If we do go back, I would consider staying at the Big 4 – although it was A LOT more expensive but I think the facilities for the kids would be good.
Anyway, hope this helps anyone planning a trip to Dubbo!!
PS I don't think the park is pet friendly - we certainly did not see anyone with a pet