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. Gunnedah Saleyards

    Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Tuesday 03 April 2018 , Gunnedah

    Gunnedah Saleyards is one of the largest stock selling centres in New South Wales, located on the edge of town, just one kilometre from the town centre on the Kamilaroi highway towards Narrabri. Stock sales are held every Tuesday and cat…

    27 Mar - 03 Apr
  2. Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo

    Saturday 07 April 2018 , Gunnedah

    The Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo has been running for nine years and has grown to be the biggest sale in Australia. Last year there were over 4,400 birds and 214 exhibitors! There were 32 trade stands selling everything from seed, aviari…

    07 Apr
  3. Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

    Saturday 30 June 2018 to Thursday 01 November 2018 , Gunnedah

    The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards seek to capture the imaginations of school students across Australia, inspiring them to express their thoughts and feelings through the medium of poetry in their pursuit of literary excellence. The stand…

    30 Jun - 01 Nov
  4. Commonwealth Bank AgQuip

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Thursday 23 August 2018 , Gunnedah

    Commonwealth Bank AgQuip is Australia’s largest and premier primary industry field day. In 2018 AgQuip celebrates its 46th anniversary (1973 – 2018). The nation’s biggest agricultural event showcases over 3,000 companies and attracts over …

    21 Aug - 23 Aug
  5. Energy, Innovation and Mining Expo

    Thursday 01 November 2018 to Saturday 03 November 2018 , Gunnedah

    Exhibitors from the energy, innovation and mining sectors come together at Gunnedah Showground to showcase and demonstrate the latest technology and equipment. Visitors will learn more about the industries involved, including: understan…

    01 Nov - 03 Nov