Gilgandra Things to Do

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    Coo-ee Heritage Centre and Visitor Centre

    by iandsmith Written Jul 3, 2013

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    Some country towns never cease to amaze me. They put a lot of effort into their tourism information and Gilgandra is certainly one of those.
    The museum attached 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 are also 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).

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    Orana Cactus World

    by iandsmith Written Jul 2, 2013

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    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. So says the blurb. The reality is that I called to try and get in and, so far, my call hasn't been acknowledged.
    Still, you can see quite a bit of it from the pavement and it certainly has some wonderful specimens. If you're in Gilgandra, it's worth a look.

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    AMAZING WHAT YOU FIND IN GILGANDRA!

    by balhannah Updated May 28, 2012

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    I was heading along Lower Miller street when I saw these Cows in the Paddock. Of course I had to stop and admire them.
    There weren't any "real" cows in the paddock, only these corrugated iron ones, that were painted like Friesan cows, standing underneath a tree, viewing the surrounds. Somebody did a good job making these, I wonder why?

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    WINDMILL WALK

    by balhannah Updated May 28, 2012

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    Outside the Visitor Centre, we noticed a pathway that led back towards Town. It is known as the Windmill walk. The pathway led us past many historic Windmills and a lovely avenue of Trees. The Castlereagh River runs alongside, would have been quite pretty if there was more water. The pathway is landscaped with native plants, altogether, it was a very pleasant late afternoon walk.
    There are picnic tables and chairs scattered along the way, and if you are feeling hungry, nearer Gilgandra there is a service station and Cafe on the other side of the road that sell snacks.
    The Cafe is good.

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    HITCHEN HOUSE

    by balhannah Written May 28, 2012

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    The small, unassuming Hitchen House on Miller St is where the famous Hitchen Brothers lived.
    It was these brothers who initiated the coo-ee march. The house is now packed with photos and information about the Cooee marchers.

    It is open by appointment.

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    STEEL STATUES

    by balhannah Updated May 28, 2012

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    These statues are everywhere in Gilgandra. There were some good ones outside the Coo-ee Information Centre, depicting the people that were in the Coo-ee March.
    Leaving the centre and walking the "windmill walk," more were found along here. Then when I was in Gilgandra's main street, I found more of these figures there.
    I thought they were great!

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    BIRD WATCHING

    by balhannah Written May 28, 2012

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    Outside the Gilgandra Information centre there were plenty of Galahs feeding. Nice, but they are quite common for me!
    Then I noticed a smaller greenish Parrot, ever so pretty. There were plenty of them feeding on the grass seeds, and many of them were in pairs. These were the ""Red Rumped Parrot," and quite rare for me to see, although in this area there are lots.

    A little further on, and the electricity lines had plenty of other Parrots sitting on the lines. Looks like a good area for bird watching.

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    COO-EE MUSEUM AT THE INFO CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2012

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    The Information Centre also has a small museum on which is filled with history and memorabilia relating to the Coo-ee March.

    The Coo-ee March came about because of lack of people recruiting following the disaster of Gallipoli and the heavy casualties in France in the latter half of 1915.
    Gilgandra's butcher, R.G. Hitchen and his brother Bill, organised a route march of volunteers to Sydney, enlisting recruits as they marched. As they entered each town, they yelled out "Coo-ee," and this is how it all came about. This resulted in an upturn in recruitment figures.

    The Coo-ees (as the volunteers were known) became national heroes. Today, the true story of their march has become part of the official war history of Australia.

    Open 7 days a week 9am - 5pm

    ADMISSION IS A DONATION.

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    EXHIBITIONS AT THE INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    Still there was more at the Info Centre.

    There was an exhibition of objects made out of scrap metal, or any other kind of scrap materials.
    How clever were some people who came up with some amazing pieces.
    This was also for FREE, and worth a look at.

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    GILGANDRA INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    I know, I am saying go to another information centre!

    Well this one is good. Here I found some different Australian souvenirs, such as hand-painted Australian scenes on a gumleaf!
    After a look at the souvenirs, I then wandered out the back to another room. Here was a display of Aboriginal paintings, tools and much more to do with the Indigenous people, best of all, IT WAS FREE ENTRY.

    The Visitor Centre is open seven days a week from 9am –5pm.

    There are FREE wheelchair friendly toilets, barbeque and picnic facilities on the lawned area that overlooks the River. Plenty of brochures, maps, local information and general knowledge on the town, region and state is available from the volunteers who run the centre.

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    ART DECO

    by balhannah Written May 28, 2012

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    Gilgandra is another town that has many Art Deco buildings. What is rather nice here, is the new shopping centre has been built in the Art Deco style to match the older buildings. Good idea!

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