History and heritage in Gundagai
Sifting through a treasure trove of memorabilia at the volunteer-run Gundagai Historic Museum, you'll find the two medals presented to Yarri and Jacky, Wiradjuri men whose efforts saved many lives during Gundagai's great flood of 1852. Other historic sites of note include the Old Gundagai Gaol, the Gundagai Heritage Railway and the Dog on a Tuckerbox.
Just 82 km south-east of Wagga Wagga, Gundagai is one of Country NSW's most iconic towns, immortalised in poem and song, such as ‘Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox’ and the famous folk song ‘Along the Road to Gundagai’. Part of the lands of the Wiradjuri-speaking people, it is considered to be of both local and national Aboriginal cultural significance. First settled by Europeans in the mid 1800’s, this handsome town is home to many well-preserved historical buildings and artifacts.
Gundagai is a history buff’s delight. You'll find the monument to early pioneers, the iconic Dog on the Tuckerbox designed by Frank Rusconi, on the Hume Highway, just north of Gundagai. Visit the town’s many heritage locations to learn why the town is so irresistible to artists, songwriters and poets who come back to it again and again as a subject of poetry and prose. Wander past some of the town's oldest buildings, and don't miss the old flour mill in Sheridan Lane, Gundagai Heritage Railway or the Prince Alfred Bridge, Australia's longest timber viaduct, built in 1866. Find out more about the town’s history at the Gundagai Historic Museum.
Lovers of the great outdoors can fish for trout or Murray cod in the Murrumbidgee River, or admire the view from the lookout atop Mount Parnassus. Gundagai is also the newest of NSW’s 14 wine regions, specialising in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. There has been a real growth in winemaking here since the mid-1990’s, with top wineries including Gundagai Wines, Borambola Wines and Paterson's Gundagai Vineyard.