We're planning a trip to Australia (we're from the US) and we'm planning to visit Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast/Brisbane and Cairns. Given that we like zoos and that we've heard that the zoo in Dubbo is really good, we're pondering whether we should take a detour via Dubbo instead of flying/taking the train direct from Melbourne to Sydney. We will probably have a couple of nights in Dubbo, so we have a full day at the zoo, unless there's other things that are worth doing there? After visiting Dubbo we will take the train to Sydney and continue our journey.
1 - What transport is there from Melbourne to Dubbo?
2 - Do we need to hire a car in Dubbo or is public transportation good?
3 - Is there much in terms of attractions/things to do besides the zoo in Dubbo?
4 - I've read on here about safety related issues in Dubbo. I'm not worried about this, i'm sure as in most cities (including my own) there's good neighbourhoods and bad neighbourhoods. However as I know very little about Dubbo, would someone please tell me which are the good and bad areas so I can avoid staying in them?
Thank you very much :)