Gunnedah

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 in Gunnedah, Country NSW

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 20 November 2018 to Tuesday 09 April 2019 , 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…

    20 Nov - 09 Apr
  2. A Taste Of Irish Christmas Gunnedah

    Tuesday 04 December 2018 , Gunnedah

    ‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ hits the stage this December featuring stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the World Champions of Irish dance take to the stage for a magical night of tunes, taps and tradition! Immerse yourself in…

    04 Dec
  3. Australia Day Celebrations Gunnedah

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Gunnedah

    Australia Day is the nation's day to celebrate what's great about living in Australia and being Australian. The Gunnedah Shire celebrates the national day with a variety of free community activities for all residents and visitors to share…

    26 Jan