Gunnedah Rural Museum
The Rural Museum at Gunnedah is one of Australia’s largest collections of early agriculture and transport memorabilia with a display of over 1600 exhibits. A small entry fee is payable at the door and volunteers are available to direct you through the museum and explain about the exhibits and answer any questions you may have. The Museum houses Tractors, Steam Engines, Antique Farm Machinery, Horse Drawn and Motorised Vehicles, Household Items, Gun Collection, RSL Exhibit, Working Foundry and Timber Workshop. Museum volunteers are happy to cater a light lunch or morning and afternoon teas for small organisations or visiting Coach groups. Previous arrangement is required for this, contact the Rural Museum direct on: (02) 6742 4690 for more details. A well stocked souvenir gift shop is located on site and the museum is open everyday from 9am till 3pm.
Land of the Kamilaroi
The Gunnedah Shire has a proud, rich and vibrant aboriginal heritage and is the traditional land of the Gunn-e-darr people of the Kamilaroi Tribe. The traditional language spoken is known as Gomeroi (or commonly Kamilaroi) with children in the Gunnedah community learning the traditional language today through their Elders and cultural mentoring.
A memorial to Cumbo Gunnerah stands proudly at the front entrance to the State Office Block in Abbott Street (across from the Police Station), 15 metres from his final resting place.
Local aboriginal sites that you shouldn’t miss seeing include:
Cumbo Gunnerah Keeping Place: this gallery houses a significant collection of stone artefacts, carved trees, weapons and utensils. Visit by prior appointment only on 6742 3602.
Wallaby Trap: a traditional hunting ground popular due to the landscape creating a naturally occurring net. This can be found at the base of Porcupine Lookout.
Boonalla: Boonalla Aboriginal Area is situated on the traditional lands of the Gomeroi (Kamilaroi). Boonalla is culturally significant to the local Aboriginal community, having maintained a strong connection to the area since the dreamtime and have carried the responsibility to protect and preserve the spirit of the land.
Gunnedah Water Tower Museum
Commisioned in 1908 as Gunnedah’s water reservoir, the Water Tower Museum now houses the history and essence of Gunnedah.
Take a journey through three floors of displays and exhibits and discover the people, places, and events that shaped the Gunnedah Community. Also go right to the top for another amazing view of Gunnedah.
- Indigenous Heritage of the Kamilaroi People
- Early European Settlement
- War Memorabilia
- Dorothea Mackellar
- Photo Collection
- Observatory Deck
- Extensive research material and much more.
The Miners Statue was erected in memory of those fallen in the coal mines and to remind the town of several lengthy strikes in underground mines in the area. It is located in Brock’s Court in Wolseley Park on Conadilly Street, across from the Town Hall in Gunnedah.