In this vibrant country town on the banks of the Namoi River, spot a colony of wild koalas hanging out in the trees, cycle the beautiful flat landscape and see why the natural beauty of the Gunnedah district inspired Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar’s evocative poem My Country.

Mackellar’s family owned property in the district, and you can visit the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue in Anzac Park. Pop into Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre in the town’s cultural precinct for brochures on things to do in Gunnedah and tips on where to see koalas.

A koala mother and her joey in Gunnedah, northern NSW

Gunnedah is located on the fertile Liverpool Plains, one of Australia’s richest agricultural areas. The town’s events calendar includes AgQuip - one of Australia’s biggest agricultural trade shows - and the traditional Gunnedah Show. The colourful Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo is 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 one hour and five hours from Sydney. Or take a train from Sydney to Gunnedah, and rent a car to explore nearby attractions.

Cattle being sold in the Gunnedah Saleyards, northern NSW

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

The 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; great for fishing, boating and gliding. Cool off at the Lake Keepit Water Park, or get above it all in a sailplane with Lake Keepit Soaring Club.