Famous for its signature Coo-ee March and revered pioneering history, Gilgandra has a rich historic lure you won’t find anywhere else.
Gilgandra moves at a pace of its own. This picture-perfect, postcard-pretty town is filled with friendly locals proud of its history and positive about its future.
Experience Gilgandra’s pioneering history at the Rural Museum which houses an extensive collection of early agricultural equipment.
Once you’ve taken a stroll back in time, wander down Windmill Walk past one of the largest Southern Cross Windmills in the Southern Hemisphere to stand under the Coo-ee March Memorial Gates at the Coo-ee Heritage Visitor Centre.
Continue the historical adventure and discover the jewel in Gilgandra’s crown – the 1915 Coo-ee March. Gaze upon the Coo-ee March signature quilt at the Coo-ee Heritage Visitor Centre and relive the World War One recruitment drive where men marched all the way from Gilgandra to Sydney recruiting troops by shouting “coo-ee” at each town along the way.
Stroll through the town of windmills and continue the shady walk to the heart of Gil, a town which has enjoyed a sprucing up! Find yourself back where it all began at the 2015 Coo-ee Bronze Sculpture and the start of the 1915 Coo-ee March.
Complete the walk with a visit to the Hitchen House Military Museum. While in the Main Street, check out Gilgandra’s great range of shopping and services including IGA, Target Country, Timber Home & Hardware, Mitre 10 and boutique shopping.
When adventure beckons take a scenic drive to the Gilgandra Flora Reserve with eight hectares of native bushland and endangered plant life to explore.
Or embark on a road trip to the nearby historic village of Tooraweenah, nestled in the foothills of the Warrumbungle National Park. Continue on the Warrumbungles tourist drive through the Warrumbungles to Coonabarabran.
Gilgandra is located on the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh Highways on the main inland route, situated halfway between Brisbane and Melbourne. Located 45 minutes from Dubbo and 45 minutes from the spectacular Warrumbungles National Park, it is the perfect spot to stop, stretch your legs and spend a few days discovering the region.
Fresh local produce and delicious homemade delights are on offer monthly at the CWA Markets. Pick up local jams, homemade cakes and local gifts at Windmill Crafts or grab a bite at one of Gilgandra’s cute eateries and classic country pubs.
Gilgandra is a town which will see you retire and sleep soundly and wake chipper. For travellers on a budget Gilgandra offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options, from hotels and motels to romantic, country-style B&BS.
POPULATION - 4,368
TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS - Wiradjuri people
ESTABLISHED - Gilgandra was proclaimed a town in 1888
AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE - 17.3°C – 33.1°C
AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE - 2.5°C – 15.6°C