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Waterways Wildlife Park

8418 Oxley Highway, Gunnedah NSW 2380

Waterways Wildlife Park has many different varieties of wildlife.

Get up close and personal with the cute and cuddly koalas at Waterways Wildlife Park.
Picnic, BBQ facilities and toilets are available and a small kiosk sells cold drinks.
Coach groups are welcome and morning or afternoon teas can be arranged.
Mingle with other Australian native animals, including kangaroos, wombats, emus, possums, lizards and birds.

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150 Degrees East Meridian

Oxley Highway, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This particular meridian is the basis of the Eastern Australian Standard Time, used in Queensland, New South Wales (except Broken Hill), Victoria and Tasmania. The 150 Degrees East Meridian crosses the Oxley Highway 34 kilometres south-west of Gunnedah. Methods of measuring time have varied over the ages, but the time unit most commonly employed has been the apparent daily circuit of the sun, from which solar time is derived. The solar day is based on one complete rotation of the earth around its axis. Solar days are not uniform in length, because the movement of the earth is constant, modern time calculation is based on the average solar day. Located west along the Oxley Highway, there is a rest area, information board, a sundial and barbecue facilities.
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Heritage Sculptures at Pensioners Hill Lookout

Lloyd Road, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Heritage Sculptures at Pensioners Hill Lookout are a group of stones which were erected by the Rotary Club of Gunnedah West with the project funded by BHP Billiton. The sculptures have been created by Carl Merten and Joan Relke to illustrate some aspects of Gunnedah's rich cultural heritage. There are four stones which depict a coal miner, pioneer women, agriculture, and the Red Chief - each with their own story to tell. The Rainbow Serpent is spread along the back of these rocks, connecting them all, telling its own story along the way. For more information, brochures and directions, please call in to the Visitor Information Centre.
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Pensioners Hill Lookout

Lloyd Road, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Stroll to the top of Pensioners Hill for sprawling views of the Gunnedah township. Pensioners Hill was once a shanty town during the great depression. View rock sculptures depicting people and characters of significance to Gunnedah and its rich history. Visitors should allocate 20 minutes to enjoy this attraction. Entry is free. This is a coach friendly attraction.
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Gunnedah Rural Museum

Oxley Highway, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Gunnedah Rural Museum is one of Australia's largest collections of early agriculture and transport memorabilia, with a display of over 1600 exhibits. A small entry fee is payable at the door and volunteers are available to direct you through the museum, interpreting the exhibits and answering any questions you may have. The museum houses tractors, steam engines, antique farm machinery, horse drawn and motorised vehicles, household items, a gun collection, RSL exhibit, working foundry, and timber workshop. Museum volunteers are happy to cater a light lunch, or morning and afternoon teas for small organisations or visiting coach groups. Previous arrangement is required for this - please contact the museum direct on the number provided. A well stocked souvenir gift shop is located on site. Located on the Oxley Highway on the western side of Gunnedah. The museum is open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
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Plains of Plenty

72 Barber Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Plains of Plenty is a Co-Operative group with members coming from the north and north west of New South Wales. The Plains of Plenty has a good selection of handmade arts, crafts, wood turning, beaded items, jewellery, patchwork, with locally grown produce and goods for sale. Scrumptious morning or afternoon tea can be supplied for visiting coach groups by prior arrangement. Contact volunteer staff on the number provided for more details.
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Cumbo Gunnerah Gallery and Keeping Place

26 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Cumbo Gunnerah was the legendary warrior and wise leader of the Gunn-e-darr people of the Gomeroi (Kamilaroi) tribe. A memorial to Cumbo Gunnerah is located at the front entrance to the State Office Block in Abbott Street, 15 metres from his final resting place. As well, the Cumbo Gunnerah Museum in the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council holds a significant collection of stone artefacts, carved trees, weapons, and utensils. Visit by prior appointment only.
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Diprotodon Drive - Tamber Springs

Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Tambar Springs is a small village on the edge of the ancient Warrumbungle Range. Opened up in the early 1830s for grazing, settlement soon followed in 1868. Today it is known for its rich agricultural vistas and rural village charm. In 1987, local farmer Louise Friss made the rare discovery of bones from an extinct herbivorous marsupial, identified as a 'Diprotodon'. The amazing find was made on the property 'Kenloi', between Mullaley and Tambar Springs. This particular specimen was dated approximately 33,500 years old, and the skeleton and skull are on permanent display at the Coonabarabran Visitors Information Centre.
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Gunnedah Cultural Precinct

81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Cultural Precinct is a building complex which incorporates the heritage listed Town Hall, The Civic cinema/theatre, Smithurst Theatre, Creative Arts Gallery, the Meeting Room, and the Studio Room. The Foyer is an artist run gallery and operated by the Visual Arts Working Group. The Cultural Precinct now also boasts the new Visitor Information Centre. The Civic Centre is the focal point for the Shire's cultural activities. Gunnedah Shire Council's Cultural Development team endeavours to reflect and enhance the values of the Gunnedah community by coordinating a range of opportunities for cultural exchange within the Cultural Precinct. The Creative Arts Gallery includes a monthly program of exhibitions. The Foyer Gallery highlights the talents of local artists. The Cultural Precinct's various venues are available for cultural, educational, professional, community gatherings, and commercial purposes.
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Lions Club Town Tour

Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This self-drive tour takes around 40 minutes and is an ideal introduction to Gunnedah. The tour takes in various locations about town including historic Maitland Street which was the original main street of Gunnedah in the early settler days, Porcupine Lookout, Bindea Walking Track, 2MO/2GGG Radio Station, Gunnedah Water Tower Museum, Pensioners Hill Lookout, Creative Arts Centre, Red Chief Memorial, and the Dorothea Mackellar Statue. Taking the tour gives you the chance to view the town thoroughly, feel the evident community pride that exists within, and enjoy the hidden attractions and achievements. Call in to the Visitor Information Centre to pick up a copy of the tour.
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Poets Drive

81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Inspired by the Gunnedah's iconic landmarks and local heroes - travel the Poets Drive and explore the essence of bush life and the challenges and adventures of rural Australia. Spot the 17 poems mounted on plaques at various locations around town and take time to stop and read each poem. Be sure to stop off at the 'Lyrical Loos' at Wolseley Park, the unofficial finish of the Poets Drive, for something quite unusual. Within the amenities block, poetry is etched into the back of the toilet doors and poetry is recited throughout the building via a loop recording. For more information and maps, visit the friendly staff at the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre.
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Creative Arts Centre

81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Creative Arts Centre and Gallery was Gunnedah's Bicentennial project in 1988. The centre is home to Jean Insherwood's 'My Country' collection. This permanent water colour exhibition depicts the four centre verses of Dorothea Mackellar's 'My Country'. The centre is used for art and craft displays and exhibitions, craft classes, and community meetings. The gallery shop is open daily during cinema times and other times by arrangement. Contact the Civic Centre for more information and bookings.
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Gunnedah Golf Club

George Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The 'A Grade', 18 hole course situated right in the middle of Gunnedah's magnificent residential area, offers bent greens, full time professional, with all equipment hire. The Gunnedah Golf Club can also cater for social and competition golf, as well as visiting and corporate days. Opportunity exists to spot a koala wandering around the tree lined fairways. The club and bar offer excellent dining and gaming facilities.
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Water Tower Museum

Anzac Park, Gunnedah NSW 2380
The Water Tower Museum is located in Anzac Park, adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre and town swimming pool. The museum is now housed in what was once the town's main concrete water tower. The building has three floors of display area and an observation deck on the roof that provides panoramic views of Gunnedah and the surrounding district. The collection includes local history information, mural and displays of the first explorers, household memorabilia, memorabilia from major world conflicts, and local school history.
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Breaker Morant Drive

Kitchener Park, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This drive starts at the gate entry of Kitchener Park and goes 500 metres around the park. There is a plaque that tells the whole story. Harry Harbord Morant was born at Bideford, Devon, England in 1865 and migrated to Australia at the age of 19, working in Queensland and northern New South Wales as a drover and horse breaker. Known as 'the breaker', because of his occupation, he is said to have broken wild horses and feminine hearts with equal skill. Morant worked for a period on Pullaming Station, Gunnedah during the 1890s and legend recalls that he rode horses over the jumps on Kitchener Park, among them 'the rattler' owned by local businessman R.R. Prichard. 'The rattler' was broken in by Morant and for several years held the Australian high jump record.
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Miners Memorial Statue

Brock's Court, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Coal has been mined in the Gunnedah Coal Basin for over 130 years, first for local use then later for export. Some mines closed during the economic downturn of the 1980s, but several mines still operate in the Shire of Gunnedah. Vast reserves of high quality coal remain in the Gunnedah Basin and this agricultural centre has exploited the industry's interest in mining coal, as well as coal-seam gas. The Miners Statue was erected in memory of those fallen in the coal mines and to remind the town of several lengthy strikes in underground mines in the area. It is located in Brock's Court in Wolseley Park on Conadilly Street, across from the Town Hall in Gunnedah.
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Koalas in Gunnedah

81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Gunnedah Shire Council and Landcare Groups have encouraged and nurtured the growth of the koala colony by initiating the planting and expansion of tree corridors, which allow the koalas access in and around the town district. Due to the abundant variety of favoured eucalyptus and freedom from disease, Gunnedah's koala population is increasing, and the locals and visitors alike feel privileged to have access to these endangered Australian icons. The basalt topped hills around Gunnedah and across the Shire provide perfect soils for growing koala's favourite trees. A koala is often seen in the River Red Gum across the street from the Visitor Information Centre. Other popular koala hang-outs include St Xaviers School, Tourism Caravan Park, along Stock Road walking/cycle track, the Bindea Walking Track on Porcupine Lookout, TAFE Campus grounds, and the western end of the showground complex.
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Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue

Anzac Park, South Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Dorothea Mackellar was said to be inspired by her love of the country, particularly her experiences in the Gunnedah district as a young woman. A bronze, life-sized statue of Dorothea Mackellar, author of 'My Country', is located in Anzac Park, opposite the Visitor Information Centre. A free fact sheet on Dorothea's life and her connection to Gunnedah is available at the centre. A variety of souvenir items, poetry books, and a CD of Dorothea reciting 'My Country' are also available for sale. The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society conduct a national poetry competition for school children annually, with entries received from around 1000 schools Australia wide, each year. For more information go to the 'Dorothea' web site. A small collection of memorabilia and family photographs are on display at the Visitor Information Centre.
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Red Chief Memorial

Abbott Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This is a memorial to Cumbo Gunnerah, the legendary great aboriginal warrior and leader of the Gunn-e-dar people of the Kamilaroi tribe. He was buried in a carved tree in the late 1700s. The tree and his remains were removed and are now housed in the Australian Museum in Sydney. A plaque now marks the site of where the tree was situated. 'The Red Chief', a book written by Ion Idriess depicts the life story of this great aboriginal warrior. The Red Chief's remains and the carved tree have been handed over to the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council in Gunnedah, to be displayed in the George Griffith memorial building built by the Land Council.
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Bindea Walking Track

Anzac Park and Porcupine Lookout, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
To get an even better view of Gunnedah and the Namoi and Mooki River valleys, follow the trails along the Bindea Walking Track. The Track has two walks that vary in length. The Tower Walk will take about an hour to complete and is a pleasant stroll through the towns parks and gardens and residential areas. The Porcupine Walk is a little more rugged and takes you through the natural bush environment and Porcupine Reserve. This walk will take you about two hours to complete and there are picnic and barbecue areas along the route. A brochure is available at the Visitor Information Centre.
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Porcupine Lookout

Apex Drive, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Porcupine Lookout is located two kilometres from town, off Apex Road. The access road to the summit of the lookout was a construction project of the Gunnedah Apex Club. The northern platform overlooks the town and beyond to the Nandewar Ranges, over 100 kilometres away. To the right are the hills of Kelvin and the Kelvin State Forest. 'Nobby's Rock' is a notable feature that stands out in the afternoon sun. To the south is the panoramic view of the rich agricultural land of the Breeza and Pullaming plains, in times of flood this area presents a picture of a huge inland sea that lasts for many days at a time. The name 'Porcupine' dates back to the early days. Aboriginals of the Kamilaroi Tribe called the hill 'Bindea' which means 'the place where shrubs with leaves like a porcupine quill grow'.

Ron Pople Park

Linden Place, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Ron Pople Park has two entry ways - one via Linden Place and the other via Hinton Drive. This park is away from the hustle and bustle of the main street and offers a quiet area for you or your children to play and relax. Ron Pople Park includes a playground and a large grassy playing area....

Lake Keepit Water Park

Keepit Dam Road, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Lake Keepit Water Park is located in the Lake Keepit Inland Waters Holiday Park, which is situated off the Oxley Highway about 30 kilometres out of Gunnedah on the Tamworth Road. This park features an enclosed water park, two playgrounds with swing sets, barbecue facilities, a toddler pool, pontoon, and lots of shade and places to run around. Great for both the young an old. Visitors can enter the park and use the facilities, even if they aren't staying on site. Day use fees apply....

Red Chief Memorial

Abbott Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This is a memorial to Cumbo Gunnerah, the legendary great aboriginal warrior and leader of the Gunn-e-dar people of the Kamilaroi tribe. He was buried in a carved tree in the late 1700s. The tree and his remains were removed and are now housed in the Australian Museum in Sydney. A plaque now marks the site of where the tree was situated. 'The Red Chief', a book written by Ion Idriess depicts the life story of this great aboriginal warrior. The Red Chief's remains and the carved tree have been handed over to the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council in Gunnedah, to be displayed in the George Griffith memorial building built by the Land Council....

Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre

81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Situated in the heart of the Liverpool plains, in the north west of NSW, Gunnedah has something to offer everyone. You will marvel at the natural beauty, learn the history and culture, feel the unique charm, and enjoy the hospitality that only Gunnedah can offer. Stay at one of the many quality hotels, motels, serviced apartments, or caravan parks, and dine on an array of exquisite cooking ranging from restaurants, pub meals, or many kinds of takeaway foods. The Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre has recently moved to the Cultural Precinct, which is located close to the central business district. The freshly renovated centre boasts iPads and laptops for visitors to explore the new web site. With souvenirs, children's toys, postcards, brochures, bags, and much more on offer. Go and visit them for a friendly chat today. ...

Gunnedah Bird Sale And Expo

Gunnedah Showground, Gunnedah NSW 2380
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, aviaries, nest boxes, books, medications and many other bird related products. A must for the bird enthusiast. Please check the web site for more details and exact dates, or alternatively, please call the Visitor Information Centre....

Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue

Anzac Park, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Dorothea Mackellar was said to be inspired by her love of the country, particularly her experiences in the Gunnedah district as a young woman. A bronze, life-sized statue of Dorothea Mackellar, author of 'My Country', is located in Anzac Park, opposite the Visitor Information Centre. A free fact sheet on Dorothea's life and her connection to Gunnedah is available at the centre. A variety of souvenir items, poetry books, and a CD of Dorothea reciting 'My Country' are also available for sale. The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society conduct a national poetry competition for school children annually, with entries received from around 1000 schools Australia wide, each year. For more information go to the 'Dorothea' web site. A small collection of memorabilia and family photographs are on display at the Visitor Information Centre....

Breaker Morant Drive

Kitchener Park, Gunnedah NSW 2380
This drive starts at the gate entry of Kitchener Park and goes 500 metres around the park. There is a plaque that tells the whole story. Harry Harbord Morant was born at Bideford, Devon, England in 1865 and migrated to Australia at the age of 19, working in Queensland and northern New South Wales as a drover and horse breaker. Known as 'the breaker', because of his occupation, he is said to have broken wild horses and feminine hearts with equal skill. Morant worked for a period on Pullaming Station, Gunnedah during the 1890s and legend recalls that he rode horses over the jumps on Kitchener Park, among them 'the rattler' owned by local businessman R.R. Prichard. 'The rattler' was broken in by Morant and for several years held the Australian high jump record....

Porcupine Lookout

Apex Drive, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Porcupine Lookout is located two kilometres from town, off Apex Road. The access road to the summit of the lookout was a construction project of the Gunnedah Apex Club. The northern platform overlooks the town and beyond to the Nandewar Ranges, over 100 kilometres away. To the right are the hills of Kelvin and the Kelvin State Forest. 'Nobby's Rock' is a notable feature that stands out in the afternoon sun. To the south is the panoramic view of the rich agricultural land of the Breeza and Pullaming plains, in times of flood this area presents a picture of a huge inland sea that lasts for many days at a time. The name 'Porcupine' dates back to the early days. Aboriginals of the Kamilaroi Tribe called the hill 'Bindea' which means 'the place where shrubs with leaves like a porcupine quill grow'....

Pensioners Hill Lookout

Lloyd Road, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Stroll to the top of Pensioners Hill for sprawling views of the Gunnedah township. Pensioners Hill was once a shanty town during the great depression. View rock sculptures depicting people and characters of significance to Gunnedah and its rich history. Visitors should allocate 20 minutes to enjoy this attraction. Entry is free. This is a coach friendly attraction....