The museum is a living demonstration of non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal cultures living and working together in today's world. Exhibitions include Coo-ee March, local pioneer history, Aboriginal displays and traveling and local exhibitions. The Visitor Centre provides all the tourist information you require about Gilgandra and district with brochures on all other areas in NSW. Souvenirs and maps for sale.
The Gilgandra Visitors' Centre and Coo-ee Heritage Centre are located within Coo-ee Memorial Park on the Newell Highway. The complex boasts ample parking for coaches, caravans and cars, sheltered picnic tables and free barbecue facilities, play equipment, plenty of room for the kids to run around and clean toilet facilities (including a disabled toilet).
The Rural Museum is adjacent to the complex and a bike/walking track links this Museum to the township of Gilgandra along the banks of the Castlereagh River.
Open 7 days a week (9am - 5pm).
Ph: 6817 8700
On the Long Week-end in October of each year, the Gilgandra Community host the Coo-ee Festival. The festival incorporates many activities including, Street Parades, The NSW Coo-ee Calling Championships, and many other activities to keep the whole family entertained for the weekend. Click here for more information.
Gilgandra Shire recognise the important role recreation and leisure play in a happy and effective community. Gilgandra boasts a wide range of sporting facilities that are of the highest standard in the district. Any visiting organisation that would like to make use of such facilities should contact Gilgandra Shire Council
Gilgandra boasts excellent facilities for all popular sports and the climate allows outdoor activities to be enjoyed all year round. All sports including netball, tennis, basketball, squash, football, cricket, swimming, golf, touch football, hockey and many more have very strong clubs with various competitions throughout the year. New members and team-mates are always welcome at all of these clubs. For Contact details of Gilgandra's Sporting organisations click here.
The Gilgandra Racecourse is located on the Newell Highway and provides an exceptionally high standard of racing facilities combined with beautiful, shady environment to enjoy the atmosphere and thrill of country race meetings.
The bar area and covered betting area are regularly hired for private functions.
For more information click here
Gilgandra Shire is the southern gateway to the majestic Warrumbungles, an area of forested ridges, barren spires, and deep gorges.
It is ideal for the bush walker and backpacker, for photographers and bird watchers, or for just admiring the spectacular scenery. Walking tracks cater for all capabilities.
The Warrumbungles are located 50 Minutes to the North of Gilgandra.
Join the fun and excitement at the next speedway meeting. See action packed racing by Super Sedans, Fender Benders, Street Stockers Division 3 cars. The speedway is famous for its safe design, and has full lighting facilities for night meetings.
Located on the Newell Highway 3km to the south of town, a day at the speedway offers a great day out for the whole family.
Regular meetings take place from October until June. Meeting dates are listed on our Calendar of Events.
The Hitchen House, home of the Hitchen brothers who initiated the Coo-ee March, is now set up as a museum. Displays memorabilia from WWI & WWII, Vietnam, plus the recruiting Marches of WWI and the re-enactments. The house is located in Miller St opposite the Royal Hotel.
The Rural Museum offers you a peep into yesteryear with its fascinating collection of agricultural machinery. Learn about great grandfather's carts & drays, old harvesters and an impressive range of early model tractors. Located at Coo-ee March Memorial Park on the Newell Highway - just look for the large shed with a huge windmill out the front.
Open everyday from 9am - 4pm
Phone (02) 6847 0806
The Reserve, 8.5 hectares of lovely bushland, located on both sides of the road, makes an ideal picnic location. Always beautiful, the Reserve is spectacular in spring, with plants flowering from late August to November; most bloom in September and October. Significant plants are the grass trees and the rare Pink Phebalium
Facilities include barbecues, shelters, tables and seats, rainwater and toilets.
Turn off the Newell 8kms north of Gilgandra and travel for 6kms (dirt road). Always open. Admission free.
The best time to see the flora reserve is late August to October each year. This period around spring is generally when the native flora is most spectacular and native birds and wildlife is most active.
Ian and Dianne McCutcheon invite groups of 15 people or more to look at the century old woolshed. The tours offer a glimpse into the past of the legendary Australian wool industry and look at a working shed of today. On display are blade and electric shearing equipment, old letters, photos and memorabilia from shearers and antique farm equipment. You can purchase local craft items and home made produce.
Idea tour time is between March and October. Berida is located 20km west of Gilgandra and only an hour from Dubbo. Tour will take approximately 2-2.5 hours and you should wear sensible walking shoes. Bookings essential and must be 15 people or more
Ph 02 68479184
Inspect some of the most exotic cacti from all over the world. These magnificent specimens have been collected over 40 years. The collection includes 800-900 different cacti. Open most weekends or by appointment.
Contact Lester Meyers on (02) 6847 0566.
"Macanbar" farms emu, primarily for oil but also leather and meat. You can stand face to face with one of the emus. Your guides, Penny and Phil, are very experienced and knowledgeable and will provide you with an interesting background about emus and the market. Enjoy the personalities of various emus in the rural setting of Tooraweenah, at the foothills of the Warrumbungle Mountains.