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It is an important service centre in an agriculturally rich area known for its beef cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, wheat, lucerne, barley, cotton, canola, sunflowers, oats, corn and sorghum. The associated industry includes the second-largest beef-cattle sales yards in the state, one of the state's largest coal seams yielding 10 million tonnes per annum, an abattoir, a brickworks, livestock feed companies, a flour mill and saw mill.
The district is also recognised as home to the largest koala colony in inland New South Wales. The town's most famous resident was the Gunnedah new south wales Dorothea MacKellar who lived on a local property from until the late s. Her poem 'My Country', now an iconic expression of love of Australia, is thought to have been inspired by the local countryside.
It is m above sea-level. Gunnedah is named after the Gunn-e-darr people of the Kamilaroi Aboriginal language group who occupied the district prior to European settlement. It has been suggested that, apart from being the name of the local group, the word also means 'the place of white stones'. Dorothea Mackellar Memorial There are only four or five patriotic poems that are universally loved, known and recited and at the top of that list has to be Dorothea Mackellar's My Country.
Few probably realise that it is the second verse of a poem which eulogises the Australian landscape after articulating an image of the English countryside. Not surprisingly the poem was written in England and is a Gunnedah new south wales expression of homesickness for the Australian landscape. For years Gunnedah described itself as the "Town of My Country". Amusingly it now calls itself "Koala Capital of the World". Dorothea Mackellar is featured in a life-size bronze statue in South Street opposite the Visitor Information Centre.
Mackellar lived on a local property from until the late s. The "life size statue in bronze was erected by the people of Australia, the children of NSW and the local community in The 'Talking Rock' nearby tells the story behind the memorial and features her [Mackellar's] voice reciting 'My Country'". Gunnedah Water Tower Museum Located on the Oxley Highway at the western end of Gunnedah is the Water Tower Museum which claims to have "one of the largest collections of early agriculture and transport memorabilia. The complex was the town's first reservoir and was built in Gunnedah new south wales operated until the s.
Koala Capital In the heirarcy of intelligent tourist attractions it is hard to fault the local Landcare and the Gunnedah Shire Council. They have planted tree corridors and encouraged koalas so that visitors have a reasonable expectation of seeing at least one koala in the wild. The success of the koala program has been greatly helped by an abundant local supply of the eucalypts the animals like they are very fussy eaters. It is a memorial to the Aboriginal warrior, Cumbo Gunnerah, who, when Europeans arrived in the area, was the leader of the Gunn-e-darr people; a subgroup of the Kamilaroi.
It is known that Cumbo Gunnerah was buried near this site. He was sitting against a tree which became known as 'The Blackfellow's Tree'. The local Kamilaroi carved the tree with totemic des in his honour. Subsequently the remains were exhumed and removed to the Australian Museum in Sydney. Little was known of Cumbo Gunnerah until King Bungaree, the last Gunn-e-darr full-blood, told Stan Ewing, the local Gunnedah new south wales sergeant, about Gunnerah's life. Poets Drive This is a drive around the town past 16 plaques with poems dealing specifically rural life.
As a tourist attraction it is original and the "grand finale" of a toilet block featuring poems etched on the toilet doors and a recitation on a permanent loop, is amusing and unusual.
There is a map in the downloadable brochure which is also available at the Visitor Information Centre. Town Tour This is a stop self-drive, posted town tour which is remarkably comprehensive. It is popular for sailing, boating, fishing, gliding, and bushwalking. There are barbecues, a kiosk, toilets and tennis courts. Waterways Wildlife Park Waterways Wildlife Park is located at Oxley Highway, 7 km west of Gunnedah and is an ideal place to get up close to local fauna including emus, kangaroos, wombats, birds, lizards, possums and koalas.
Tel: 02 There is an information board, a sundial and picnic facilities. He built a homestead and woolshed near the river. A gun battle followed but Ward escaped. At the time the population was around The Gunnedah Salesyard sells overcattle per annum and the coal production in the area exceeds 10 million tonnes each year. There is a good local website. Your photo description could be amended. Otherwise — a Gunnedah new south wales synopsis of Gunnedah. Thank you. Thanks for that, Treena. It has been changed. I am so impressed by this truly comprehensive and chronologically laid-out website!
So informative! I visited to know more about the agricultural aspects of the town, in light of following the news on the ongoing drought of the past two years. Terrific information, very much appreciated. As a former resident, I applaud this little town and am using it Gunnedah new south wales a University report, to show its strengths and benefits, something too many overlook. The Water Tower Museum is excellent however is not open every day only open Saturday and Monday mornings or by appointment. The silos at the western end of Gunnedah….
Currently …. March Pensioners Hill cannot be accessed due to irrigation works being undertaken. Got something to add? Have we missed something or got a top tip for this town? Have your say below. Your Comment required. Name required. required, not published. Treena Daniells. Janice Kuzub. Thanks Janice, you are very kind.
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Map of Gunnedah, NSW