Meghan and Prince Harry to Visit Dubbo October 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they’re visiting Dubbo Wednesday 17th October as part of their Australian tour.

Their official trip will focus on youth leadership, and environmental and conservation efforts and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games. It will be their first official royal tour as husband and wife.

After visiting Australia, Prince Harry and Meghan will visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

This isn’t the first time Dubbo hosts Royals – Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwell visited in 2016 and Queen Elizabeth II toured the regional centre in 1954 and again in 1992. Prince Edward also visited Dubbo in 2006.

Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields told nine.com.au it is obvious why Prince Harry and former Suits star Meghan Markle would want to visit the city.

“It’s the centre of NSW, I call it the centre of the universe,” he laughed.

“There’s great things happening in Dubbo. We have the Taronga Western Plains Zoo which has scored so many goals when it comes to the conservation effort and we know Harry and Meghan are keen on conservation especially when it comes to endangered species. It probably played a strong part in getting us across the line,” he said.

There are plenty of great reasons to explore Dubbo, check out our Things To Do page.

Extend your stay and enjoy the markets around the area.


  • Tuesday October 16: Sydney
  • Wednesday October 17: Dubbo
  • Thursday October 18: Melbourne
  • Friday October 19: Sydney
  • Saturday October 20: Sydney
  • Sunday October 21: Sydney
  • Monday October 22: Fraser Island
  • Tuesday October 23: Suva, Fiji
  • Wednesday October 24: Suva, Fiji
  • Thursday October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  • Friday October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney
  • Saturday October 27: Sydney
  • Sunday October 28: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Monday October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, NZ
  • Tuesday October 30: Auckland, NZ
  • Wednesday October 31: Rotorua, NZ

Things to Do

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

The zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the world and consists of free access visitor plaza and a 6km circuit that meanders through natural bushland and around large open style exhibits.

Old Dubbo Gaol

Wander the unique collection of 19th century buildings and artefacts and learn the stories of prison life. Catch a theatrical performance or guided tour, or during the school holidays experience a twilight or beyond the grave tour.

Western Plains Cultural Centre

Western plains cultural centre, a state-of-the-art facility boasting a gallery, museum and modern café, is dubbo’s creative soul. The centre offers a rich program of high quality exhibitions and installations by local and visiting artists.

Dundullimal Homestead

Discover dubbo’s pioneer history at this 1840s homestead. Enjoy picturesque gardens, café/art gallery, experience a guided tour.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

See the wonderful work of this australian aviation icon at the visitor education centre. Read the stories, learn the history, watch the film and browse the shop.

Dubbo Observatory

Explore the night sky in the 2nd largest observatory in australia for the general public, including our new, large 17-inch telescope. Astrophotography (byo slr camera) $55 per camera.

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre

This state-of-the art venue is the ideal setting for a range of events and performances. Housing a 500-seat tiered theatre and 750 seat auditorium, enjoy local performances and some of the best national touring shows.

Dubbo Art And Craft Society

On offer at the cobra street cottage are works of art together with a selection of patchwork, porcelain painting, silvercraft, spinning and weaving and wood-turning by local artists.

Getting to Dubbo

From Sydney, it is just over an hour flight, with Qantas and Rex offering a number of daily services – Qantas offers 24 return services from Sydney to Dubbo per week. There are also direct flights to Brisbane, Broken Hill, Cobar, Melbourne and Newcastle.

Visitors can also reach the city via bus or train with a daily XPT service leaving from Sydney at around 7am and arriving in the central west at around 2pm.

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Clean, spacious and well-appointed rooms. Located right in the heart of Dubbo you can walk to main street shopping, restaurants and the RSL Club and more. We have a range of accommodation options to suit your needs. Get in touch by calling us on 1800 185 322 or send an email to bookings@thepalmsmoteldubbo.com.au.

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