Population 2679

A historic town at the junction of three highways, 'Gil' is the centre for the surrounding wool and farming country. The 1915 Coo-ee March in which 35 men, given no support from the army, marched the 500 kilometres to Sydney to enlist for World War I left from here. Along the way they recruited over 200 men, announcing their arrival with a call of 'coo-ee!' The march sparked seven other such marches from country towns.

Visitor Information

Gilgandra Coo-ee Memorial Park, cnr Newell Hwy and Railway St; (02) 6817 8700

Nearby national parks

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape....more

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Dubbo

    One of Australia's fastest growing inland cities, Dubbo is most famous for its world-class open-range zoo. The city, on the banks of the...more

  • Coonabarabran

    Coonabarabran is located on the Castlereagh River and is nestled in the foothills of the stunning Warrumbungle Mountain Range. It is known...more

  • Coonamble

    Coonamble owes its existence to the discovery of artesian water in the area in the 1890s. On the Great Inland Way, the route via Coonamble...more

In Town

Coo-ee Heritage Centre Memorabilia from the 1915 Coo-ee March, and items relating to the Breelong Massacre, which took place after an Aboriginal man was insulted for marrying a white woman, and on which Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith was based. Coo-ee Memorial Park, Newell Hwy.

Rural Museum: vast collection of agricultural artefacts including antique farm machinery and early model tractors on display; Newell Hwy.

Hitchen House Museum: the home of the Hitchen brothers, who initiated the Coo-ee March. The museum has memorabilia from WW I, WW II and Vietnam; Miller St.

Orana Cactus World: almost 1000 different cacti on display collected over 40 years; open most weekends and by appt; Newell Hwy; bookings (02) 6847 0566.

Observatory: Newtonian reflector and refractor telescopes and a sundial; open 7–10pm (8.30–10pm during daylight saving) Mon–Sat; Cnr Wamboin and Willie sts; (02) 6847 2646.

Tourist drives: around town; brochure from visitor centre.


Warren Its location on the Macquarie River makes Warren a popular spot with anglers. For a stroll along the riverbank take the River Red Gum Walk, for birdwatching go to Tiger Bay Wildlife Reserve, and for a day of picnicking and swimming visit Warren Weir. The racecourse is known as the 'Randwick of the west' and hosts some fantastic race days. 85 km W.

Gilgandra Flora Reserve: 8.5 ha of bushland, perfect for picnics and barbecues. Most plants flower in spring, making the park particularly spectacular Sept–Nov; 14 km NE.

Emu Farm: raised for oil, leather and meat, guided tours; Tooraweenah; 40 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Dubbo 59 km

Throw a rug down in the 167-hectare Burrendong Botanic Gardens and Arboretum near Wellington, and take in the fragrance of an estimated 2500 native plant species.... Find out more

Star-gazing - Coonabarabran 62 km

Because of its combination of clear skies, altitude and distance from city lights, Coonabarabran is the astronomy capital of Australia. There are various ways to explore space here, from simply gazing skyward with a pair... Find out more

Koala-spotting - Coonabarabran 76 km

Coonabarabran is home to one of the healthiest koala colonies in the state, and the solitary mammals are often seen in and around the town. Try the Porcupine Reserve and while there check out the view over the Liverpool... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Country Style

Cafe Country Style is a local favourite in this historic wool and farming town, serving great morning and afternoon teas, homemade cakes, light lunches and coffee among the second-hand stores and antique shops on the... Find out more

Holland’s Family Diner

Don’t you just love it when a classic cafe serves a classic breakfast all day? Favourites such as sausages and eggs and bacon and eggs come with great coffee. As well as standard takeaway fare such as burgers and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Gunneemooroo camping area (walk-in camping) 48 km

This is the only camping area in the southern end of the park – to get here, follow John Renshaw Parkway from Coonabarabran, turn towards Tooraweenah and then onto Dooroombah Rd. Access to the carpark is only... Find out more

Dows Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 52 km

Dows Camp is situated between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth, at the junction of Bluff Mountain Trail and Western High Tops. It’s a long walk from Pincham carpark – campers will need to be self-sufficient... Find out more

Danu Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 52 km

It’s a long walk to Danu Camp from either Pincham, Split Rock or Burbie Canyon carparks. The camp is between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth, on the Western High Tops. Campers must be self-sufficient with food... Find out more

Bush camping walk-in sites 53 km

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Ogma Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 53 km

Ogma Camp is at the junction of the West Spirey Creek Trail and Western High Tops, between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth. It’s a walk-in campsite, accessed via the Pincham Trail and the Grand High Tops or West... Find out more

Balor Hut camping area (walk-in camping) 53 km

This old walkers’ hut is at the base of the Breadknife and Grand High Tops, and is accessible via a fairly strenuous 6 km walk from Pincham carpark. The hut sleeps 8, but you’ll need to bring everything with... Find out more

Hurleys Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 54 km

Sleep beneath the imposing monolith of Belougery Spire at this walk-in campsite, accessible from Pincham carpark. Named for famous Australian photographer Frank Hurley, this is a popular spot for walkers and climbers.... Find out more

Burbie Camp camping area (walk-in camping) 54 km

This walk-in only camping area has very basic facilities – pit toilets and wood BBQs – accessible along the fire trail to Mt Exmouth from Burbie Canyon carpark. Make sure you register with the visitor centre... Find out more

Camp Pincham camping area 56 km

It’s 200 m from the Pincham carpark to the camping area, one of the original Warrumbungle campgrounds. It’s a good place to use as a base for walking to the Breadknife and Grand High Tops. There’s a... Find out more

Camp Wambelong camping area 56 km

Camp Wambelong is about 1 km past the visitor centre, and is close to the Split Rock, Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth walking tracks. There are 30 sites here – if you’re in a large group you’ll need to... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gilgandra Caravan Park 1 km

Located alongside the highway on the northern side of the Castlereagh River, this budget-priced park is set on an impressive expanse of lawn with large shady trees. Enjoy the pool, cook a barbecue or take your dog for a... Find out more

West View Tourist Caravan Park 58 km

Located alongside the Mitchell Highway on the western approach to town, this is a convenient overnight stop. It is budget priced and dog friendly. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Dubbo City Holiday Park 60 km

Enjoy the sights of Dubbo from this centrally located park. It is conveniently situated on the Newell Highway about 2 km from the city centre and just a short drive from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a... Find out more

BIG4 Dubbo Parklands 61 km

This is a very good park at the southern entrance to the city, the closest to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This park has a large selection of accommodation and very good amenities. Winter months can be very busy as... Find out more

Tandara Caravan Park 74 km

This owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location. Seasonal workers in the cotton industry often stay here. It has good amenities and a well-stocked shop. This is a good, budget-priced park.... Find out more

John Oxley Caravan Park 76 km

A large council park with good facilities, this place is conveniently located on the Newell Highway close to the town centre. It is ideal for an overnight stay.... Find out more

Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 96 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more

Wellington Valley Caravan Park 98 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anna’s Place B&B

Encircled by gardens, this down-to-earth B&B offers comfortable accommodation with delightful extras such as a fully stocked fridge on arrival, in addition to the hearty gourmet breakfasts served daily. There are two... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gilgandra park area 1 km

At Gilgandra

Under shady trees at the oval on the west side of town via Bundy St.

Collie East rest area 21 km

22km W of Gilgandra (R) or 63km E of Warren (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.

Tooraweenah rest area 36 km

39km NE of Gilgandra (L) or 55km SW of Coonabarabran (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the turn-off into town.

Hickey Falls rest area 50 km

55km NE of Gilgandra (L) or 39km SW of Coonabarabran (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Brocklehurst rest area 51 km

9km N of Dubbo (L) or 57km S of Gilgandra (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Terramungamine camping area 51 km

T/O 8km N of Dubbo (L) or 58km S of Gilgandra (R)

On the riverbank 4km west of the highway via Burroway Rd.

Burrabadine rest area 56 km

8km W of Dubbo (R) or 32km E of Narromine (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Narromine rest area 70 km

37km NW of Dubbo (R) or 3km E of Narromine (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Panai rest area 70 km

39km NE of Tomingley (L) or 14km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Trangie park area 73 km

At Trangie

Just off the highway. On the south side of town at Goan Waterhole.

Geurie rest area 76 km

24km NW of Wellington (L) or 27km SE of Dubbo (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Warren North rest area 76 km

81km SW of Gilgandra (R) or 4km NE of Warren (L)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

Warren park area 78 km

At Warren

Just off the highway. On the east side of town at Oxley Park.

Sandy Creek rest area 83 km

7km SW of Warren (L) or 12km NE of Nevertire (R)

Well off the highway among some large shady trees.

North Gowan Rest Area 84 km

8 km N of Coonabarabran (L) or 110 km S of Narrabri (R)

Large area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Tomingley Creek rest area 97 km

8km NE of Tomingley (L) or 45km SW of Dubbo (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Oct.

Coo-ee Festival: Oct.

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