Gunnedah is the ‘capitol’ of this part of NSW. The commercial pulling power of this relatively small town is quite profound. Gunnedah will be encounted when traveling the Newcastle to Narrabri hgy.

Most travellers will miss this great town, because few travel specifically to Narrabri; but do travel to Gunnedah.

When visiting you can’t help but delight in the place.

The area now occupied by the town was settled by Europeans in 1833 or 1834, who were sheep farmers. With settlement in the area focused on wool production, Gunnedah was initially known as 'The Woolshed' until taking its name from the local Indigenous people who called themselves the Gunn-e-darr, the most famous of whom was Cumbo Gunnerah.

Dorothea Mackellar wrote her famous poem My Country (popularly known as I Love a Sunburnt Country) about her family's farm near Gunnedah. This is remembered by the annual Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards for school students held in Gunnedah.

The Gunnedah area is noted for its abundance of native wildlife, including kangaroos, echidnas and koalas. Koalas can often be found in trees within the town, as well as in the surrounding countryside with the help of signs placed by the local tourist centre.

The many pubs in Gunnedah are century plus.

The Imperial though has a ‘union/rebel devoted wall. This is a must visit for those that have an interest in the Ballarat uprising led by Peter Lalor.

The Catholic Church is the standout. But all are formidable.

There are two museums. Both quite fantastic.

The Gunnedah War Memorial is low key, given the size of the town. No other was observed.

Firstly the traveler must make the effort to visit. Allow a few days to enjoy.

Heritage diary






Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course