Gunnedah: Koala Capital

About Gunnedah’s Koalas

Gunnedah Shire, along with environmental groups, has nurtured its wild Koala colonies by initiating the planting and expansion of tree corridors through out the township and the Shire, allowing the Koalas safe access in and around the town.

Locals and visitors feel privileged to witness these threatened Australian icons easily in their natural habitat.

At last count, Gunnedah was home to 60 Koalas living within the town limits.

Popular Koala hang-outs include the river gums in Anzac Park, Porcupine Lookout, Gunnedah Golf Course, Stock Road walking/ cycle way, TAFE Campus, PCYC and the western end of the Showground area near the Kennel Club grounds. Ask the Visitor Information Centre Staff for today’s Koala hotspots.

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Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue

This life‐size statue in bronze was erected and dedicated to Dorothea Mackellar by the people of Australia, the children of NSW, and the local community in 1983. It depicts Dorothea as a young woman gazing in the direction of her beloved ‘Kurrumbede’ the property owned by her family. The statue is located in Anzac Park, opposite the Mackellar Centre were extensive archives and records are on display of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The `My Country’ Water Colour Collection by Jean Isherwood, comprising of thirty-two paintings is permanently on display and open to the public. The Mackellar Centre is open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10am until 4pm.


Creative Arts Gallery

Gunnedah has a long tradition of supporting artistic and cultural events. The Creative Arts Gallery is a showplace for the very active Gunedah artists’ community. The major event of the calendar year is the Annual Art Exhibition held in August during Agquip. This attracts artists from throughout New South Wales as well as Queensland and Victoria. A bicentannial grant in 1988 paved the way for the construction of the present Gallery adjacent to the original Town Hall and Smithurst Theatre. Gunnedah Shire Council developed the cultural precint further, adding The Civic cinema and theatre in 2001, upgrading the Town Hall in 2010 and moving the Visitor Information Centre to the precinct in 2015. The complex continues to be the focal point for the Shire’s community and cultural activities.
Creative Arts Gallery
83 Chandos Street
Gunnedah NSW 2380
Opening Hours:
Fri: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sat: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sun: 10.00 – 1.00pm
The Gallery is also open during Cinema times.


Work of Art Community Gallery

Work of Art Community Gallery was opened in August 2013 by retired businessman, Chris Burgess. Fulfilling a dream to showcase his considerable art collection as well as exhibiting current work by leading international, national and regional artists, Chris has created a wonderful community gallery that is a highlight for any art lover.

The gallery has a strong focus on providing a nurturing environment for new and upcoming artists, including many local artists, with the facilitation of artist workshops and the provision of exhibition space. The support of emerging artists is a primary aim of the gallery as well as the promotion of the visual arts. It is important to Chris to be able to make the arts accessible to everyone in the community

Bindea Walking Track


To get an even better view of Gunnedah and the Namoi and Mooki River Valleys, you should head off along the Bindea Walking Track. The tracks start from the top of Porcupine Lookout and offer a range of walks that vary in length. These walks may be commenced or finish at the Anzac Park Track head or the Porcupine Track head.
Other tracks associated are:

The Tower Walk
Distance – 2.9 kilometres, walking time- about 1 hour.
Commencing at the Mackellar Centre in Anzac Parade, this walk was designed to cater for those who seek a pleasant stroll through Gunnedah. A number of features can be viewed along this walk, including the Gunnedah Memorial Pool, one of the State’s best inland swimming complexes. The tree lined streets are a feature, delighting the walker with pleasant streetscapes.

Porcupine Walk
Distance- 4.5 kilometres, walking time- about 2 hours.
This walk traverses the natural environment of Porcupine Reserve and commences at the Porcupine Track head. A shorter loop has been incorporated in this walk. Picnic and barbeque facilities have been provided at a number of locations.
For maps and more information make sure to call in to the Visitor Information Centre and talk to our friendly staff.

Coolah Tops National Park


Sitting at the junction of the Warrumbungle and Liverpool ranges, Coolah Tops National Park is a beautiful landscape of giant grass trees, tall eucalypt forests and stands of huge snow gums. You may need to spend a weekend discovering everything that Coolah Tops has to offer. There’s remote camping, so you can spend the night stargazing, or after a day of walking and mountain biking, perhaps you’d prefer to sleep soundly at rustic Bracken’s Cottage.

Looking out across the stunning scenery of Coolah Tops National Park, it’s obvious why you’ll find so much wildlife here. Wander quietly along one of the walking tracks and you’ll probably have a close encounter with red-necked wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos. You might also find a wombat waddling through the campground. Coolah Tops has some of the highest population densities of greater gliders in Australia. At night, keep your torch handy to see greater gliders, ring-tailed possums and possibly feather-tailed gliders or a sugar glider in the nearby trees. Coolah Tops is home to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, so you might see wallabies, eagles, gliders and rare owls.

Warrumbungle National Park


For many thousands of years before European settlement, Aboriginal people regularly visited the Warrumbungle Mountains. The name ‘Warrumbungles’ is a Gamilaroi word meaning crooked mountains. Evidence of Aboriginal camps is widespread and is usually indicated by stone flakes which are remains of stone tool production.

Warrumbungle National Park is an area of former volcanic activity. The rocky spires and domes visible throughout the park are all that is left of a large shield volcano that was active over 13 million years ago, the lava overlays sandstone areas which are remnants of the 150 million year old Pilliga Sea. Its landscape includes forested ridges, barren peaks and deep gorges. The park was added to the National Heritage list in 2006.

Lookouts around Gunnedah

Porcupine Lookout

The Aboriginal Kamilaroi Tribe called this hill ‘Bindea’ which translates to “the place where shrubs with leaves like a porcupine quill grow”. The local tribes used Porcupine Lookout to hunt wallaby in the nearby “Wallaby Trap”, a natural U shaped space which was surrounded by scrub and curved on to the Porcupine Range. Only natural grasses grew here, no trees or shrubs – making it the perfect hunting ground as it was impossible for the wallaby’s to escape.

Standing 150meters above local terrain level, Porcupine lookout is Gunnedah’s highest lookout. It displays three hundred degree views of Gunnedah and its surrounding areas, including the Breeza Plains and Mount Kaputar.

Pensioners Lookout & Heritage Sculptures

Pensioners Hill received its name during the 1930’s Great depression, when many families took refuge on the hill living in tents. Upon the hill are large sandstone sculptors that were erected by Rotary Club of Gunnedah West and created by Carl Merten and Joan Relke. The sculptures demonstrate Gunnedah’s rich cultural heritage. Call into the Visitor Information Centre and ask the staff for a brochure on Pensioners Hill Lookout which contains the descriptions and background information on each of the sandstone sculptures.