On the banks of the Billabong Creek, Jerilderie is in the beautiful Riverina region and the only NSW town raided by colonial bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in this historic town, with its heritage sites, splendid lake, recreational facilities and country charm.
Begin your historical adventure with a tour, the Ned Kelly Rail Trail of 1879, and discover how the Kelly Gang held up the town. You can pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour of 16 sites from the Sticky Fingers Candy Shop, which houses the visitor information centre, or book a guided tour.
Ned Kelly attempted to have his 56-page Jerilderie letter published in the
On the Newell Highway, Jerilderie is less than two hours’ drive west of Wagga Wagga and 90 minutes south of Griffith. Fine merino wool and merino studs are important to the Jerilderie area and fresh produce grown includes tomatoes, olives and organic wine grapes. The town is a road trip from Sydney and Melbourne and the southern gateway to Kidman Way, an inland touring route.
Accommodation options include bed and breakfasts, motels, country pubs and caravan and camping sites. Free barbecue facilities and a children’s playground are available at Luke Park, next to Lake Jerilderie, a popular spot for water sports. Steel Wings is big windmill in Luke Park.
There are plenty of other recreational attractions, including golf, tennis and lawn bowls. In September is the Jerilderie Gold Cup Races. The young and young at heart will be delighted with a train ride on the mini railway with Jerilderie Steam Rail, on the second Sunday of the month.