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Gunnedah - Cities, Towns and Localities

Koala Capital of the World

Located in the upper Namoi Valley, only 450 km from Sydney and 655 km from Brisbane, the Shire of Gunnedah covers an area of 5,092 square km and is bordered by the Shires of Parry, Quirindi, Manilla, Barraba, Narrabri and Coonabarabran. If you want to experience part of the ‘Real Australia’, you need look no further then Gunnedah.

It was this region that inspired much of Dorothea Mackellar work. Poet Dorothea Mackellar visited her brothers for prolonged periods in the Gunnedah district, where the Mackellar family owned several properties of prime grazing country during the last century. Gazing across the land, you can feel the emotion of the famous words:

“I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges,
of droughts and flooding rains.”

Today, Gunnedah is home to one of the largest and healthiest koala colonies in Australia. You are able to get close to them at the Waterways Wildlife Park or see them in their natural habitats on one of the many defined bush walking tracks. It is even possible to see koalas at in the early morning at Gunnedah Golf Club, moving between fairways or drinking from one of the dams1. Outlying villages include Curlewis and Breeza to the southeast, Carroll to the east and Tambar Springs and Mullaley to the southwest.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Shire with around 403,0000 ha of farming and grazing country. Produce include cattle, sheep, pigs, as well as crops that include wheat, sorghum, barley, cotton, sunflowers, soya beans and vegetables. Gunnedah is also home of Ag-Quip, the largest agricultural field days in the Southern Hemisphere.

Check out our listing of Gunnedah 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

Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre
Anzac Park, South Street
Ph: 02 6740 2230

For a map of Gunnedah, click here...

Source: Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre

Gunnedah Attractions

For those visiting the Gunnedah region, following are some of the towns, villages, suburbs and localities in the Gunnedah Shire Council region:
  • Basin Plain
  • Blue Vale
  • Booroondarra
  • Breeza
  • Burburgate
  • Carroll
  • Carroll Gap
  • Coocooboonah
  • Curlewis
  • Emerald Hill
  • Ghoolendaadi
  • Gulligan
  • Gunnedah
  • Gunnedah South
  • Gunnembene
  • Gunnembene Crossing
  • Keepit
  • Keepit Dam
  • Keepit National Fitness Camp
  • Kelvin
  • Kurrumbede
  • Lake Keepit
  • Marys Mount
  • Meermaul
  • Milroy
  • Mornington
  • Mullaley
  • Nea
  • Noggabri
  • Orange Grove
  • Piallaway
  • Pullaming
  • Rangari
  • Tambar Springs
  • Watermark
  • Willala


1 Gunnedah may hold key to reversing koala decline, Australian Geographic. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
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