Dunedoo is a small town with a love of poetry, art and rural life in the beautiful Warrumbungle region of NSW. You’ll be charmed by the country hospitality and the heritage. There are tasty cafes, a classic country pub, wonderful poetry and art festivals, and an enticing antiques store to browse.
The picturesque town by the Talbragar River is a great base, too, for memorable day trips to spectacular attractions nearby. The Warrumbungle National Park is north, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo is west, the Coolah Tops National Park is east and the Mudgee wine region is south.
Dunedoo is at the junction of the Golden and Castlereagh highways. A lovely spot for a relaxing stopover, you’ll find convenient accommodation to suit various budgets - B&Bs, a motel, a country pub, a converted pub and camping and caravanning options, including a landscaped caravan park.
The 1913-built Hotel Dunedoo is a two-storey brick pub on a corner of the main street. The wide wooden verandah is a striking feature. Stop by for cool drinks and hearty meals in the pub, which changed its name from the Talbragar Hotel to the Hotel Dunedoo in the year after it was built.
In the pretty OL Milling Park on the main street are picnic tables and free barbecue facilities. Other delightful things to do include exploring the treasure trove in the Talbragar Country Antiques, which is opposite the park. The Dunedoo Historical Museum contains intriguing artefacts and stories.
The town celebrates its love of verse with the Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, a fun three-day event in March where wordsmiths wow audiences from far and wide with their bush balladry. This lively event includes poetry competitions, puppet shows, markets, live music and comedy performances.
The Dunedoo Show in March is a popular event, also held in March. The whole family will be thrilled with the whip cracking, sheep shearing, dog jumping, post splitting and carnival rides. In May is the splendid Art Unlimited, an exhibition and competition that attracts entries from all over Australia.
Dunedoo is five hours’ drive northwest of Sydney and to 70 minutes east of Dubbo. The origin of the town name - pronounced Dunny-doo - is believed to be a derivative of an Aboriginal word for the black swans that inhabit the region’s waterways, according to the NSW Geographical Names Board.