One of Australia’s most iconic towns, picturesque Gundagai in south-west NSW is home to the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox Pioneer Monument. The statue commemorates a faithful pet that guarded its dead master’s food container and European pioneers who settled in the area.
An hour’s drive east of Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region, Gundagai is a popular stop on road trips. You can walk, cycle or even ride a horse on the delightful 4km Dog in the Tuckerbox recreational trail that connects the town and the statue, unveiled in 1932, alongside the Hume Highway.
Dozens of poems and songs have been written about Gundagai, which is four hours’ drive from Sydney, five hours from Melbourne and two hours from Canberra. One of the most popular folk songs is Along the Road to Gundagai. You’ll discover plenty of things to do and see In Gundagai.
The exciting events calendar includes the Gundagai Rodeo, a premier rodeo in Australia. Part of the lands of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, visit the Gundagai Historic Museum and discover the story of Yarri and Jacky, Wiradjuri men who saved many lives during Gundagai's great flood of 1852.
Explore fascinating heritage on the Architectural Heritage Walk and at the Gundagai Heritage Railway, and discover the stories of bushrangers such as Captain Moonlite at the Old Gundagai Gaol. The Historic Bridges of Gundagai include one of Australia’s foremost landmarks, the Prince Alfred Bridge and timber viaduct — the grandest colonial bridge when it opened in 1867.
Accommodation options suit various budgets and the clear waters of the Murrumbidgee and Tumut rivers make Gundagai a great base for fishing. The area is recognised for its viticulture too, with the rich soils of the Gundagai wine region growing grapes for excellent shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay wines. Visit the cellar doors of Borambola Wines and Paterson's Gundagai Vineyard.