Gilgandra

The historic rural town of Gilgandra is on the banks of the Castlereagh River in the beautiful Great Western Plains region of NSW. You’ll discover the origins of the iconic bush call at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre. There is the Windmill Walk, galleries and museums, and an emu farm to tour.

The prolonged coo-ee is usually used in the bush to attract attention. The historical connection with Gilgandra dates back to 1915, when a group of 35 men set out for 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 Cooee Heritage Centre in Gilgandra, NSW

On display in the Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information Centre are significant artefacts from the march, including the flag carried by the marchers. There are photographs and the Coo-ee Honour Wall, a moving insight into the men’s lives. The parkland next to the centre is a lovely picnic spot.

In the community plaza is the Coo-ee Digger, a bronze sculpture made by Brett Garling, a leading Australian sculptor. ‘In recognition of the 35 men whom left Gilgandra in 1915 and their eternal footprint on the history of our community and our nation,’ reads the inscription on the plinth.

Historical buildings on display at Gilgandra Rural Museum, NSW

The kids will love a feathery encounter at Emu Logic, an emu farm. In the Gilgandra Rural Museum are fascinating artefacts, including a Cobb & Co blacksmith shop. A short drive northeast is delightful Tooraweenah, a village at the foothills of the Warrumbungles, an ancient volcanic mountain range.

You’ll find a range of accommodation options to suit various budgets in Gilgandra, which is at the junction of the Oxley, Castlereagh and Newell highways and roughly halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane. The drive northwest from Sydney is 5h 30min. You can also fly to Dubbo and hire a car.

Gilgandra is also known as the Town of Windmills. Some 360 windmills once dotted the area, tapping underground water, before central water supply in 1966. For an enchanting wander, take the Windmill Walk past an avenue of trees and windmills along the banks of the meandering river.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Dubbo Parkrun

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 28 December 2019 , Dubbo

    Dubbo parkrun is a free, timed, five kilometre run/walk put on by the community for the community. Dubbo parkrun offers an opportunity for all members of the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular…

    23 Feb - 28 Dec
  2. Opera in the Sticks

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Dubbo

    Indulge in an evening of the senses at Lazy River Estate in Dubbo. Let the music wash over you as you're serenaded by world class tenor Mark Vincent and supreme soprano Antoinette Halloran as the sun sets over the beautiful Macquarie River…

    23 Feb
  3. Carole King Tapestry

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Dubbo

    All Things Entertainment in association with LockHouse Productions bring you this very exciting two hour show of some of the most popular songs ever written. Carole King’s Tapestry The Concert – an Australian first. Tapestry is the…

    23 Feb
  4. Dubbo Rotunda Market

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Dubbo

    A quality market with diverse and unique stalls. The market features Regional produce, plus craftsmen and women bring their wares to this beautiful environment in Dubbo’s Main Street. Baked goods are a feature of the market with a mega…

    24 Feb
  5. Leadership Resilience Strategies

    Tuesday 26 February 2019 , Dubbo

    Do you want to boost your probability of success as a leader in 2019? Come along to the next DNA Innovators, Mindshop Workshop, to tap into valuable insights and new models to develop strategies that can be implemented immediately into…

    26 Feb