Coo-ee for heritage, windmills and emus
This beautiful riverside town is the home of coo-ee, the famous Australian call to attract attention. Discover the origins of the long, loud call at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre, enjoy the windmill walk, visit an emu farm and explore artefacts at Gilgandra Rural Museum.
On the banks of the Castlereagh River, Gilgandra is a delightful rural town in the beautiful Great Western Plains region and 45 minutes’ drive north of Dubbo. The long, loud coo-ee call has its origins in Gilgandra, where the Oxley, Castlereagh and Newell highways meet.
The history of the iconic Australian call is displayed at the Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. In 1915, 26 men set out from Gilgandra to Sydney on the first recruiting march of World War I and called 'Coo-ee' at each town they passed to attract men to join them. The annual Coo-ee Festival is held on the October long weekend and fun for the whole family.
You’ll find convenient accommodation options in Gilgandra, also known as the town of windmills. Some 360 windmills dotted the area, tapping underground water, before central water supply in 1966. Take the enchanting Windmill Walk, an avenue of trees and windmills along the banks of the river.
The kids will love a feathery encounter with emus, the tallest bird in Australia, at Emu Logic, an emu farm. At the Gilgandra Rural Museum explore fascinating colonial, Aboriginal and 20th century artefacts, including a Cobb & Co blacksmith shop and a colonial gaol cell from nearby Tooraweenah, an enchanting village at the foothills of the Warrumbungles, an ancient volcanic mountain range.