Gunnedah is not just a stopover, it is a destination. It is the land of the Red Chief, a Shire where creative small businesses thrive, a town young people come home to and then stay to raise a family, a place where farmers and miners meet. It is a hub for people who love the land, but also want great opportunities for their business and their families.
Gunnedah is located in north-west New South Wales, an hour from Tamworth and at the heart of many journeys. The Namoi River flows through the Shire, providing a beautiful setting for everything from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies to impromptu summer picnics.
The township of Gunnedah is at the junction of the Oxley and Kamilaroi Highways. It is the centre of a sprinkling of small villages offering country hospitality and magnificent scenery.
This is the perfect place to recharge, to spend time bushwalking, fishing and shopping. Bring the family! Want to know more? Ask our experts at the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre.
A PLACE IN HISTORY
From the days when our First Nations people lived a traditional life here, the land has always been an integral part of Gunnedah. Our home has been the birthplace of champions, has seen fire and floods, and has grown to become a vibrant community.
Here is a timeline of some of our major events:
Estimated lifespan of Cumbo Gunnerah (Red Kangaroo) legendary chief of the Gunn-e-darr tribe.
1645 – 1745
Explorer John Oxley passed through the district.
First Post Office established, called The Woolshed until 1859.
Coal discovered in Black Jack Hill (now Blackjack Mountain).
North West railway line extended to Gunnedah, official opening of station.
First hospital opened with six beds.
Cohen’s Bridge opened at a cost of £13,256.
First agricultural show.
Bacon and Co. sheep and cattle yards established on Curlewis Road.
Beginnings of town water supply.
Foundation stone laid for Town Hall.
Town water and electricity supply established; My Country by Dorothea Mackellar first published.
First shire sale yards established, known as the Shire Yards.
Major fire in Conadilly Street.
Official opening of Gunnedah Aerodrome.
Gunnedah War Memorial Pool opened; Worst floods in living history.
Official opening of Keepit Dam.
Snow falls in Gunnedah.
Gunnedah Water Tower Museum opened.
Dorothea Mackellar Memorial in Anzac Park opened.
The Red Chief Memorial unveiled in Abbott Street.
Opening of Creative Arts Centre.
Vickery Open Cut Mine opens.
Local teenager Miranda Kerr wins the annual Dolly magazine/Impulse model competition.
Vietnam War mural at the Gunnedah Water Tower Museum completed; Tambar Springs local, Tom Gleeson wins the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.
$61m Gunnedah rail overpass opens; Gunnedah rugby player Harry Wilson made his debut for the Wallabies.
Dorothea Mackellar mural at Gunnedah Maize Mills completed.