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Gilgandra - Cities, Towns and Localities
Gilgandra is known as the “Town of Windmills”, that were once used to draw water from the sub-artesian basin for use by the residents. By the 1950s there were over 300 windmills.


As an established rural centre, it includes a diverse range of crops including wheat, barley, oats, rye, sorghum, canola, safflower, chick peas, as well as a number of agricultural enterprises including poultry, pigs, aquaculture, emus, olives and buffaloes.

Gilgandra is central to many of the Explorer Country, covering the Central West of NSW. You can make it the centre of your visit to places such as the Warrumbungles, Tooraweenah, Gulargambone, Dubbo, Mudgee and many more.

Check out our listing of Gilgandra accommodation and North West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Gilgandra Visitors Centre
Coo-ee March Memorial Park, Newell Highway
Ph: 02 6847 2045 / 1800 681 065
Fax: 02 6847 1292

Gilgandra Attractions

• Famed for the Breelong Massacre by Jimmy Blacksmith.
Flora Reserve
• 8 km north of Gilgandra and further 6km (dirt road)
• 8.5 hectares of bushland with grass trees and the rare pink Phebalium. Flowers from September through to November. Facilities include BBQ, shelters, rainwater and toilets.
Gilgandra Heritage Museum
• located in the Visitors Centre • Ph: 02 6847 2045
• Filled with memorabilia.
Gilgandra Observatory
• Willie St, Newell Highway • Ph: 02 6847 2646 • Fax: 02 6847 2840
• During the day sunspot activity and Venus can be viewed. At night see the Binary Stars, clusters and the Nebulae.
Gilgandra Speedway
• Newell Highway (3km to the south)
• Regular meetings take place from October until June.
The Hitchen House Museum
• located in Miller St, opposite the Royal Hotel
• Ph: 02 6847 0889 / 02 6847 1821 (by appointment)
• Home of the Hitchen brothers who initiated the Coo-ee March and now set up as a museum.
Home of the Coo-ees and The Coo-ee Festival Weekend
• Held on the October long weekend each year to commemorate the Coo-ee March, when in 1915 thirty-five men from the Gilgandra district set off to march to Sydney to enlist in the army. At each town along their journey the men cried “COO-EE”, which is the bushman’s call for help, to encourage others to join them. By the time they reached Sydney the numbers had swelled to 263 recruits.
Kerlin Gardens Lavender Farm
• opened between September and May, Sun to Wed 10 am to 4 pm
Orana Cactus World
• Newell Highway • open weekends
• Cacti from around the world.
Rural Museum
• Cooee March Memorial Park, Newell Highway
• A peep into yesteryear with its fascinating collection of agricultural machinery.
• A village nestled at the foothills of the Warrumbungles, just off the Newell Highway and renowned for its productive volcanic soils. The area includes a range of agricultural enterprises such as aquaculture, buffalo, emus etc.

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