Gunnedah, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 7541

At the heart of the Namoi Valley, Gunnedah is instantly recognisable by the grain silos that tower over the town. The area is abundant with native wildlife, especially koalas. Gunnedah claims to be the koala capital of the world, with one of the largest koala populations in the country; they are often seen wandering around town. A large centre, Gunnedah still manages to keep a laid-back atmosphere and has been home to famous Australians such as Dorothea Mackellar and Breaker Morant.

Visitor Information

Anzac Park, cnr South St and Anzac Pde; (02) 6740 2230 or 1800 562 527

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  • Goulburn River National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Barraba

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In Town

Anzac Park The Water Tower Museum here, housed in the town's main water tower, has a mural and display of early explorers, memorabilia from several wars and schools, and an Aboriginal history display (open 2–5pm Sat and most Mon). Dorothea Mackellar, the renowned Australian poet responsible for 'My Country', has a memorial statue in the park. Memorabilia of her life and of the annual national school poetry competition in her name can be viewed at the park's visitor centre. South St.

Rural Museum: early agricultural machinery and the largest privately owned firearm collection in the country; Mullaley Rd.

Red Chief Memorial: to Aboriginal warrior Cumbo Gunnerah, of the Gunn-e-dar people of the Kamilaroi tribe; State Office building, Abbott St.

Old Bank Gallery: local art and craft; Conadilly St.

Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre: art and pottery display and the watercolour series 'My Country' by Jean Isherwood; open 10am–4pm Fri–Sun; Chandos St.

Plains of Plenty: local craft and produce; South St.

Eighth Division Memorial Avenue: with 45 flowering gums, each with a plaque in memory of men who served in the 8th Division in WW II; Memorial Ave.

Breaker Morant Drive: a plaque tells the story of Henry Morant, known as 'the breaker' because of his skill with horses. A 500 m path shows sites where he jumped horses; Kitchener Park.

Poets Drive: celebration of Australian Poetry, the Poets Drive is a self-guided drive tour inspired by Gunnedah's iconic landmarks and local heroes.

Bindea walking track and town walk: memorials, koala and kangaroo sites, lookouts and porcupine reserve; brochure from visitor centre.


Lake Keepit This lake is great for watersports, fishing and boating, and there is even a children's pool. If you want to stay a while longer, there is the Keepit Country Campout. The Campout provides all the facilities needed to camp without roughing it too much, including tents, a kitchen and showers and toilets, and there is a campfire amphitheatre for evening entertainment. For the daytime, there is all the equipment needed for canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, gliding and bushwalking. 34 km NE.

Porcupine Lookout: views over town and surrounding agricultural area; 3 km SE.

Waterways Wildlife Park: abundant with native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus; Mullaley Rd; 7 km W.

150° East Time Meridian: the basis of Eastern Standard Time, crossing the Oxley Hwy; 28 km W.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Koala-spotting - Coonabarabran 99 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

Two Rivers Brasserie

Located at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club, Two Rivers Brasserie is a great option for a hearty meal with the locals, in a traditional club atmosphere. There is a wide variety of standard bistro food available for... Find out more

The Verdict

Trendy, modern and serving delicious breakfasts and afternoon teas, the Verdict also has a fantastic daily specials board. All the food that is served is homemade, from light quiches to devilishly dense cakes and slices.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Keepit State Park camping area 27 km

This is a great family camping spot, 54 km west of Tamworth and 38 km east of Gunnedah via Keepit Dam Rd off the Oxley Hwy. It’s a little slice of outdoor paradise: everything from hang-gliding lessons and golf to... Find out more

Split Rock Dam camping area 61 km

Another worthwhile stop-off on the Fossickers Way, 64 km north of Tamworth. The town of Manilla, 20 km south of the dam, is a popular hang-gliding and paragliding spot. The dam is stocked with Murray cod and golden and... Find out more

Glenriddle Reserve camping area 72 km

Glenriddle Reserve is set in the northern reaches of Split Rock Dam, 15 km south of Barraba and roughly 100 km north of Tamworth on Fossickers Way. The dam is popular with fishing and boating aficionados, and the Barraba... Find out more

Horton Falls camping area 73 km

This is a small and simple camping spot 39 km west of Barraba, which is on Fossickers Way. It’s 2WD access in dry weather only, via Mt Lindsay Rd off Trevallyn Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood and be prepared... Find out more

Little Creek Recreation Reserve 76 km

You’ll find this small camping area 20 km north-west of Barraba via Trevallyn Rd. Barraba is on the Fossickers Way, and offers visitors plenty of activities such as swimming, boating and fishing at Split Rock... Find out more

Bark Hut camping area 78 km

There are 15 camping spots here, on the main access road about 6 km from Mt Kaputar. This is the starting point for the demanding Scutts Hut walk (19 km, 6 hr), which should only be undertaken by fit, experienced and... Find out more

Dawsons Spring camping area 78 km

Just past the Mt Kaputar summit on the main access road, Dawsons Spring is a larger camping area with access to the medium–difficult Summit Walk (2 km, 1.5 hr) and Bundabulla Circuit Track (3 km, 3 hr), and the... Find out more

Warrabah camping area 78 km

Hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing are possible at this campground, on the Namoi River beside the park’s southern boundary. Campers are asked to stick to numbered campsites. For those seeking some bush... Find out more

Cockburn River campsite 85 km

This pleasant, grassy, treed area makes a relaxing place to camp, swim and fish. The river’s a bit chilly in winter, but very refreshing in hot weather. It’s about 30 km north-east of Tamworth and 11 km east... Find out more

The Barracks camping area 86 km

The Barracks camping area is reached via Pinnacle Rd off the Forest Rd, 36 km east of Coolah. This is the most extensive of the park’s camping areas, with an information bay and sites for caravans. A 600 m walk... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Paradise Tourist Park 66 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more

Austin Tourist Park 69 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more

Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 77 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more

Big Sky Caravan Park 85 km

Conveniently located in the heart of town, this is a large grassy caravan park within walking distance of the main street and close to the RSL club. It is a good friendly park close to the highway and is ideal for a few... Find out more

John Oxley Caravan Park 99 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Alyn Motel

One of Gunnedah’s newest motels, this is a comfortable and centrally located haven, offering queen-sized bed guest rooms and rooms for up to four people. Breakfast is available but not included in the room rate.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Red Bank rest area 23 km

63km W of Tamworth (R) or 13km E of Gunnedah (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway on the banks of a creek.

Meridian rest area 26 km

27km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 79km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Airport rest area 58 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.

Tamworth park area 68 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Oxleys Crossing rest area 70 km

75km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 31km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway in the scrub behind the parking bay.

Pilliga rest area 76 km

66km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 52km S of Narrabri (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Yaminba rest area 78 km

52km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 66km S of Narrabri (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Pilliga No. 2 rest area 80 km

95km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 23km S of Narrabri (L)

Secluded among trees just off the highway.

Wallabadah rest area 82 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 

Bendemeer park area 87 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 

North Gowan Rest Area 93 km

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

Large area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Bowling Alley Point camping area 94 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.

Swamp Creek camping area 98 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.

Teamsters Rest camping area 99 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.

What's on around town

Market: Wolseley Park, Conadilly St; 3rd Sat each month.

National Tomato Competition: search for Australia's biggest tomato, and related celebrations; Jan.

Week of Speed: races include go-karts, cars, bikes and athletics; Mar.

Gunnedah Bird Expo and Sale: Apr.

Ag Quip: agricultural field days; Aug.

North-West Swap Meet: vintage cars; Sept.

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