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A Guide to Gunnedah
Gunnedah is a town in New South Wales, 475 km from Sydney. It lies in the Namoi River Valley. It's mainly a farming town but well worth the drive through the landscape of south-east Australia. It is a bustling place with a proud agricultural heritage and sits in picturesque plains of fertile black soil- hence it being farming country.
The Koala Capital of the World
Gunnedah calls itself the Koala Capital of the World. If you want to see Australia's cutest, cuddliest animal in its natural environment, this is the town to go to. The marsupials hang out in the eucalyptus trees for most of the day, but usually come down for a stroll in the mornings and early evenings.
Things to do in and around Gunnedah
Red Chief Memorial - Gunnedah got its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Gunn-e-Dar people. They had a leader named Cumbo Gunnerah, whose life is described in the Ion Idriess book The Red Chief. When the legendary warrior died late in the eighteenth century, his people buried him in a tree which they then decorated with beautiful carvings.
Bindea Walking Track - A great way to get to know the area and see some of Gunnedah's attractions is to take a hike. The Bindea Walking Track consists of a series of shorter walks, all in all covering a distance of 22 km. These walks take you through parts of the town itself as well as places like the Porcupine Reserve, where you can spot kangaroos as well as wallaroos and, of course, koalas. It is a testament to the original inhabitants of the area that they could say 'the place where the shrubs look like porcupine quills' in only three syllables, 'Bindea'.
Dorothea McKellar Memorial Statue - Gunnedah is also known as the town of 'My Country'. This patriotic poem, with the famous line 'I love a sunburnt country', was written by poet Dorothea McKellar at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her family had a property near town and it was here that she wrote the first draft. The bronze-cast, life-sized Dorothea McKellar Memorial Statue is located in Anzac Park.
Poet's Drive - Take the self-guided drive through the iconic landmarks and features of bush life that inspired the celebrated Australian poets. Don't miss the 'Lyrical Loos' where you hear recordings of poets reciting famous verse as you use the facilities.
Breaker Morant Drive - A short tour commemorating Harry 'Breaker' Morant who worked at Gunnedah's Pullaming Station during the 1890s. The drive is in Kitchener Park and there's a plaque telling his story.
Gunnedah Rural Museum - Farming is the lifeblood of Gunnedah and if you want to find out more about the history of agriculture in this area, it's well worth paying a visit to the Gunnedah Rural Museum. Here you will find lovely old machinery and implements, steam engines and a metal foundry that is still operational. There is a huge gun collection and the kids will love the vintage tractors.
Waterways Wildlife Park - An intimate park covering 10 acres, it is dedicated to the care an d protection of indigenous animals - see kangaroos, wombats, koalas, possums, dingoes and deer.
Diprotodon Drive - Another one for the kids is the Diprotodon Drive to Tambar Springs, 67 km from Gunnedah. A diprotodon isn't one of those dinosaurs that kids of a certain age become fascinated by; it's even better. It's a prehistoric marsupial that became extinct about 46 millennia ago. Imagine a wombat or maybe even a koala the size of a hippopotamus and you've got a good idea of what a diprotodon looked like. A complete skeleton was excavated at Tambar Springs.
Lake Keepit - Just under 40 km from Gunnedah lies Lake Keepit State Park. Lake Keepit is a reservoir that stores water from the Nomoi River. If you want to fish, water-ski, swim, hike or just spot some birds, this park has all it all. There are different accommodation facilities as well as tennis courts and a skate park. The Lake Keepit Soaring Club will be happy to provide you with some gliding lessons if you feel like flying high.