Jerilderie is nestled on the banks of the Billabong Creek, the longest creek in
Australia. Located on the popular tourist route, the ‘Newell Highway’,
Jerilderie is considered as the gateway to the ‘Kidman Way’, an 800 km fully
sealed outback highway that takes in outback towns of Griffith, Hillston, Cobar,
Bourke and onwards into Queensland.
Jerilderie lays claim to being the only
NSW town ever to be visited by the bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang.
In 1879, Ned Kelly and his gang laid siege to the township of Jerilderie over 3
days, during which time they cut the telegraph wires, held more than 30 local
residents hostage, locked the police
in their own cell and relieved the Bank of NSW of more than £2,140.