Gilgandra is a service centre to a a vast agricultural landscape with mixed farming focused principally on cropping, sheep and cattle. The town boasts excellent facilities for all popular sports, including golf, football, tennis, basketball, horse racing, pistol shooting and speedway racing.
The excellent climate allows outdoor activities to be enjoyed all year round.
Gilgandra is a country town on the Castlereagh River in NSW's rural central west. A riverside oasis, situated at the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh Highways, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran, 476 km north-west of Sydney
Gilgandra is the gateway to the spectacular Warrumbungle Mountains, just a 50-minute drive north of Gilgandra on the Newell/Oxley Highway to Coonabarabran.
'Gilgandra' is said to be a Wiradjuri Aboriginal name which means "long water hole". The Wiradjuri Aboriginal people inhabited the area prior to European settlement.
The town is famous as the 'Home of the Coo-ees'.
After Gallipoli and heavy casualties in the latter half of 1915, recruiting figures for enlistment in World War I had dwindled.
The Hitchen brothers of Gilgandra, had the idea of organising a route march of volunteers to Sydney, enlisting recruits as they marched.
The Coo-ee March began with 26 men setting out from Gilgandra marching to Sydney on the recruiting march. Along the way they called ‘Coo-ee’ at each town they passed, and the much publicized event encouraged many men to join them.
Six weeks after they started out, they reached Sydney with 263 men willing to join the forces.
Subsequent marches followed and were responsible for a dramatic upturn in recruitment figures.
Gilgandra Coo-ee Festival-held over the October long weekend.
Includes a large street parade, the NSW Coo-ee Calling Championships, a rodeo in the main street and live bands.
Gilgandra Show - each May
The Coo-ee Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre - Learn more about the Coo-ee March and local history.
Newell Highway Gilgandra.
The Hitchen House Museum - The Hitchen House, home of the Hitchen brothers who initiated the Coo-ee March, is now set up as a museum with wartime memorabilia
The Rural Museum - local history artifacts and specialises in Australian-invented rural machinery of yesteryear. Just look for the huge windmill out the front on the Newell Highway...The windmill out front has a symbolic value as there were approximately 300 in operation by the 1950s, earning Gilgandra the title 'The Windmill Town'.
Gilgandra Native Flora Reserve - See the wildflowers from September to November. 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of bushland featuring many plant species, particularly local wildflowers.
Head north-east on the Oxley Highway towards Coonabarabran for 8 km then turn right into Flora Reserve Rd (well signposted.) There are picnic and barbecue facilities.
Orana Cactus World - Nearly 1,000 cacti from all over the world. Located 1 km south of Gilgandra on the Newell Highway towards Dubbo. It features both native and exotic species and is open by appointment, ph: (02) 6847 2642
Hickey's Falls - Hickey's Falls are located at the end of a short walking track which departs from a roadside stop, about halfway to Coonabarabran on the Oxley Highway, en route from Gilgandra. Picnic and barbecue facilities available.
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Gilgandra offers a range of quality accommodation at excellent value. From hotels, motels, cabins, caravan parks, B&B's to farm stays - something to suit everyone.