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.
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.
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.