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...more
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...more
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?more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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,...more
50-54 Warren Road, Gilgandra, NSW 2827
There may be many who use the western entry to the Warrumbungle to gain access to the park but, after about a dozen visits, this was my first time. And how different it was, coming as I did through the bushfire ravaged wilderness.
It had been horrific when it horrific when it happened, so bad they couldn't even save the tourist information centre that was the hub of the Warrumbungle.
So it was that I travelled through less than a month after a small part of it was opened and realised the amount of devastation that had taken place and just how long it would be before all was restored.
It's less than an hour from Gilgandra and an ever-popular spot for hikers and bushwalkers.