In beautiful Gunnedah koalas hang out in the trees. This vibrant country town, on the banks of the meandering Namoi River in northwest NSW, is home to a colony of wild koalas. The natural beauty of the Gunnedah district inspired the poet Dorothea Mackellar, who wrote the iconic My Country.

Her family owned property in the district. You can visit the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue in pretty Anzac Park. Pop into Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre in the cultural precinct and pick up brochures on the many more wonderful things to do and see, including tips of where to see koalas.

Koalas - Gunnedah

Gunnedah is on the fertile Liverpool Plains, one of Australia’s richest agricultural areas, and the beautiful flat landscape is perfect for cycling. The events calendar includes Australia’s biggest agricultural trade show as well as the colourful Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo, the nation’s largest.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from camping and caravanning to motels and heritage hotels. Getting to Gunnedah is easy. The drive from Tamworth is an hour and from Sydney over five hours. Or take a train from Sydney to Gunnedah and rent a car and explore the marvellous attractions.

Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue, Gunnedah

You’ll discover fascinating heritage in museums, including Gunnedah Rural Museum and Gunnedah Water Tower Museum, near the Mackellar memorial. You’ll learn of the deep indigenous heritage and you can visit Red Chief Memorial, which honours the great Aboriginal warrior Cumbo Gunnerah.

Breaker Morant Drive tells the story of the famous poet, horseman and soldier who worked in Gunnedah in the 1890s. A short drive away is Lake Keepit, where you can cool off at the Lake Keepit Water Park and enjoy fishing, boating and gliding. Lake Keepit Soaring Club offers sailplaning flights.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Kiama Farmers Market

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street. You couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! The market is started each week by the “ringing” of the b…

    28 Feb - 28 Mar
  2. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 07 July 2018 , Gerringong

    Come along and enjoy High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant - Mercure Resort Gerringong. It is held on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 3pm. The price includes a scrumptious selection of Chef's sweet and savou…

    03 Mar - 07 Jul
  3. Healthy Livin Festival

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    They've teamed up with one of the largest mental health movements in the country, Livin, to deliver a huge weekend of fitness, health and wellness in Kiama on the first weekend of March 2018. Moodi Dennaoui, Tanya Poppett and Kev Toonen l…

    03 Mar - 04 Mar
  4. Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend

    Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Arts Trail takes you through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia, where you can visit award winning artists’ studios and galleries. Entry to each of the venues is free. With a range of artwork and a wide variet…

    04 Mar
  5. Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival

    Friday 09 March 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018 , Kiama

    Kiama and the surrounding area will be a music lover's haven again over the second weekend of March 2018 with everything from Jazz, Blues, Swing, Roots, Boogie, Gypsy, Rumba, and Rag and Honky Tonk on offer. From concerts in the park to c…

    09 Mar - 11 Mar