Dunedoo will be encounted when traveling between Newcastle and Dubbo. Dunedoo is quite close to the latter. The town has an interesting name and as a consequence features listings of strange Australian town names, along with Dungog and Gulgong. Dunedoo has quite a number of nice features and an overnight is recommended.
Dunedoo is well known to Australian travelers due to its distinctive name (A 'dunny ' is a colloquial Australian word for a toilet). The name is actually derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning 'swan', which are commonly found in the area's lagoons.
Allan Cunningham was the first British explorer to discover the area in 1823 while travelling Pandoras Pass over the Warrumbungle ranges to the Liverpool Plains. The town was founded somewhere in the 1840s and was originally known as Bolaro and later as Redbank. Dunedoo remained a small village throughout the 19th century and the nearby town of Cobbora was considered to be the regional centre for many years.
It is due to this isolation that Dunedoo has many facilities not usually found in villages of this size. Dunedoo largely functions as a service centre to the surrounding district which focuses on the production of wheat, cattle, mixed farming, timber, fat lambs and wool. There is also a licensed hotel, a small commercial area, a small freight railway station as well as sporting and special event facilities. Dunedoo also features Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches.
The gradual loss of railway services in western NSW affected Dunedoo in the 1960s; however freight trains still commonly use the line. Other services, such as the village's cinema, and many shops have also been lost over time, but that said there is an air of optimism in the town.