Nature in Gilgandra
Just a 50-minute drive north of Gilgandra are the majestic Warrumbungles â an area of forested ridges, barren spires, deep gorges and walking tracks. Warrumbungle National Park has some excellent day walks, such as the Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk.
Gilgandra is a riverside oasis in a vast agricultural landscape. This Country NSW town has a fascinating history that's captured at the Gilgandra Coo-ee Heritage museum. In 1915, 26 men set out from Gilgandra to Sydney on the first recruiting march of World War I. Along the way, they called 'Coo-ee' at each town they passed, and the much-publicised event encouraged many men to join them. Six weeks after they started out, they reached Sydney with 263 men willing to join the forces.
Learn more about the Coo-ee March, local pioneer history and Aboriginal heritage at the Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. Additionally, Warrumbungle National Park is just 80 km north-west of Gilgandra.
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Road signs with Warrumbungle National Park in background. Image Hamilton Lund
Feeding the giraffes at Western Plains Zoo. Image Mike Newling
Warrumbungle National Park. Image Gecko Photographics