Dog on the Tuckerbox, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1999

Gundagai is a tiny town on the Murrumbidgee River at the foot of Mount Parnassus. The town and the nearby Dog on the Tuckerbox statue have been celebrated through song and verse for many years. Banjo Paterson, C. J. Dennis and Henry Lawson all included the town in their works. It was also the scene in 1852 of Australia's worst flood disaster when 89 of the 250 townsfolk died. The count could have been worse but for a local Aboriginal man, Yarri, who paddled his bark canoe throughout the night to rescue stranded victims. Gundagai was moved to higher ground soon after, and there are monuments celebrating Yarri's efforts. Near the visitor centre are statues of Dad, Dave, Mum and Mabel (characters from the writings of Steele Rudd).

Visitor Information

249 Sheridan St; (02) 6944 0250

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Marble Masterpiece In an amazing display of patience and determination, local sculptor Frank Rusconi, who is also responsible for the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue, worked to create a cathedral in miniature. He built it in his spare time over 28 years, hand-turning and polishing the 20 948 individual pieces required to build it. Visitor centre, Sheridan St.

Gabriel Gallery: outstanding collection of photographs, letters and possessions illustrating Gundagai's unique history; Sheridan St.

Gundagai Museum: relics include Phar Lap's saddle, Frank Rusconi's tools, and artefacts from the horse and buggy era; Homer St.

Lookouts: excellent views of the town and surrounding green valleys from the Mt Parnassus Lookout in Hanley St and the Rotary Lookout in Luke St; South Gundagai.

Historical town walk: includes the National Trust–classified Prince Alfred Bridge and St John's Anglican Church; leaflet from visitor centre.


The Dog on the Tuckerbox This monument to pioneer teamsters and their dogs is recognised throughout the nation as an Australian icon. Read More

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 67 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 67 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Poets’ Recall Motel & Licensed Restaurant

The name ‘Poets’ Recall’ was bestowed on the humble Railway Hotel when it and much of the town was rebuilt in 1875. You’ll discover more fascinating and dramatic history about the town’s... Find out more

Campsites around town

Blowering camping area 39 km

It’s a 250 m walk from the carpark at Blowering Dam to this campsite near the Blowering Dam wall, accessed via the Snowy Mountains Hwy south-east of Tumut. Those in the mood for a short walk can do a return trip... Find out more

Log Bridge Creek camping area (northern section) 42 km

In summer these grassy woodlands make a great base for campers in the mood for paddling, sailing, swimming, fishing and walking. It’s 18 km south of Tumut, near Blowering Dam, via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring... Find out more

Thomas Boyd Trackhead camping area 44 km

Thomas Boyd, a member of the Hume and Hovell expedition, ended up settling in the Tumut region. His namesake campsite is one of the major trackheads on the walking trail. There’s vehicle-based camping available,... Find out more

Browns Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 44 km

This campsite is 9.5 km south of Blowering camping area on the Blowering Reservoir foreshore and 37 km north of Ben Smith camping area. It’s a long but manageable return walk from Blowering camping area if... Find out more

The Pines camping area (northern section) 45 km

Put up a tent at the Pines and head out on the water at Blowering Dam for a spot of fishing, waterskiing, swimming or kayaking. The camping area is 22 km south of Tumut via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring your own... Find out more

Bossawa camping area (walk-in camping) 45 km

This campsite has walk-in access from Brindabella Rd, 49 km east of Tumut. Boil/treat water in the creek before drinking. There are wood BBQs here; bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Log Bridge Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 46 km

It’s about 14 km from the Fitzpatrick Trackhead to the walk-in Log Bridge Creek campsite. If there’s water in the creek, it’ll need to be boiled or treated before use.... Find out more

Micalong Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 47 km

It’s about a 14 km walk from the Log Bridge Creek camping area to Micalong. Walk-in access only; boil/treat water in the creek before drinking.... Find out more

Humes Crossing camping area (northern section) 48 km

You’ll need to bring drinking water and firewood to this camping area, 25 km south of Tumut near Blowering Dam, reached by the Snowy Mountains Hwy. There are loads of water-based activities to immerse yourself in... Find out more

Burrinjuck Waters State Park camping area 48 km

Situated on the western foreshore of Lake Burrinjuck, the state park camping area offers a huge array of facilities and activities. Accommodation options include self-contained cottages and cabins, and powered and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gundagai Tourist Park 1 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Gundagai River Caravan Park 1 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 66 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 67 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Yass Caravan Park 78 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bengarralong B&B

Built in 1850, this beautiful old homestead with five bedrooms offers relaxing accommodation just 7 kilometres out of Gundagai. The communal dining room serves hearty continental breakfasts, but the kitchen is open to... Find out more

Gundagai Historic Cottages

Under the title of Gundagai Historic Cottages, hosts Mason, Miriam and Kim Crane run Araluen, one of Gundagai’s most historic houses. It has been lovingly restored to open its doors as a traditional country B&B... Find out more

Gundagai Tourist Park

If you feel like a spot of camping, this excellent tourist park on the banks of the Murrumbigee River has fully self-contained air-conditioned cabins, and grassy tent sites as well as sites with and without power. There... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mingay rest area 10 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Coolac rest area 15 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Tumut park area 29 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 42 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 45 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Humes Crossing camping area 48 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Boranbola rest area 49 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Yachting Point camping area 52 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 52 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Yolde camping area 55 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Bookham rest area 56 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.

Jounama Creek camping area 59 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Talbingo park area 60 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 69 km

34km S of Tarcutta (R) or 36km N of Holbrook (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 73 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

What's on around town

Sunday in Gundy: markets, garage sales, shop discounts; last Sun each month. 

Gundagai Giddyup: horse show; Mar. 

Riverfest: music festival; Sept. 

Anglican Festival of Flowers: Oct.

Dog on the Tuckerbox Festival: Nov. Snake Gully Cup Carnival: horserace; Nov.

Rodeo: Nov/Dec.

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