Gundagai Travel Guide

  • Five Mile Creek  - Camp
    Five Mile Creek - Camp
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  • Bullocky Bill and his Cart
    Bullocky Bill and his Cart
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  • Old Waterworks' Well and Pumps - Plan
    Old Waterworks' Well and Pumps - Plan
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Gundagai Things to Do

  • Rotary Lookout

    For a great view of Gundagai and in particular the Murrumbidgee River flats, the site of Gundagai pre 1852 when devastating floods destroyed the town, drive up to Rotary Lookout on the south side of the river. Crossing the river flats to-day, you can see the now defunct Prince Alfred Road Bridge and the Railway Bridge which are the subject of a...

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  • South Gundagai Cemetery

    South Gundagai Cemetery came into use, prior to the devastating 1852 flood, when the town was situated on the flats by the Murrumbidgee River. The earliest marked burial here is that of Edmund Crisp who died on 27th August, 1846 while attempting to save a person from drowning in the Murrumbidgee River. His grave is marked by the small obelisk in...

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  • Sturt Cairn – Murrumbidgee River...

    Explorer, soldier and public servant, Charles Sturt (1795-1869) was born on 28 April 1795 in India, the son of an English judge in Bengal under the East India Company.In December 1826, after a brief period in England, he set out for Australia - in charge of convicts on the Mariner (ship) - arriving in Sydney on 23 May 1827. Having arrived in...

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  • Captain Moonlite’s Grave

    On anything other than the briefest of visits to Gundagai you will hear about a ‘Captain Moonlite’. Captain Moonlite never lived in Gundagai and, from what I can ascertain, his only visit to the town was a short time he spent, at Her Majesty's pleasure, in the former Gundagai Gaol prior to a committal hearing in the adjacent Gundagai Court...

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  • North Gundagai Cemetery

    Gundagai has a couple of cemeteries of interest to the visitor, one in North Gundagai and one in South Gundagai – conveniently and respectively named North Gundagai Cemetery and South Gundagai Cemetery.North Gundagai Cemetery is a treasure trove when it comes to tracing the social history or the town. While some reports indicate that many of the...

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  • Other Interesting Buildings

    I have referred to a number of buildings in my other reviews, principally because, in addition to them being aesthetically pleasing, they also have a story to tell. As you walk down the main street there are a number of other buildings worthy, at least, a passing look. A couple, being purveyors of alcoholic beverages are worthy a stop if you are...

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  • Gundagai Bakery

    It is hard to go anywhere nowadays which doesn’t claim to have the biggest this, the oldest that, the longest other and so on and so forth. Gundagai is no exception and its claim to fame is that it has Australia’s oldest continually operating bakery – the Historic Gundagai Bakehouse, more commonly referred to as the Gundagai Bakery.A bakery was...

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  • Gundagai Historic Museum

    Step back in time with a visit to the Gundagai Historical Museum. This place is a real treasure trove packed (10,000 items, so they claim) with old machinery, photographs, clothing, household items,etc, all depicting life in the town in the late 18th and early 19th centuries – a time of pioneers, gold prospectors and bushrangers.Among its more...

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  • St Patrick’s Catholic Church

    European settlers arrived in the area around 1826 and Gundagai developed on on the Murrumbidgee River flats. In 1846 a land grant was made to the Catholic Church, not in the town but to the north on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Had the Catholics been banished from the township?Following Australia's worst natural disaster in 1852 when a flood...

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  • Gundagai Post Office and Mounted Postie

    Certainly for me the post office is one of the nicest buildings in Gundagai. It is a fairly simple red brick building built in 1879. I especially like the ‘swirl’ on the balcony which has an early art deco look, so either it was ahead of its time or it was a later addition to the original building.More interesting than the building itself is that...

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  • The Dog on the Tuckerbox

    Five miles (8km) north of Gundagai, just off the Hume Highway which connects Sydney to Melbourne you will find this monument consisting of a small dog sitting on a box. T'is this “Dog on the Tuckerbox” and its associated songs and poetry which catapulted Gundagai to fame not only in Australia but around the world. Above all, the monument celebrates...

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  • Dog on the Tuckerbox Mural

    Gundagai is famous for its Dog on the Tuckerbox sculpture located at Five Mile Creek outside the town.In my separate review of the sculpture I have given details of the story behind it so will not repeat the details here. Please read my Dog on the Tuckerbox review in conjunction with the review if you have not already read it.Here on Sheridan...

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  • Old Gundagai Waterworks - Pumping...

    Unless you have a particularly strong interest in old waterworks/ pumps you should not go out of your way to see the little that remains of the old Gundagai Waterworks as something to do in itself.I do however recommend you visit the southern end of the Prince Alfred Road Bridge for a great view of the bridge (picture 4). I also recommend a look at...

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  • ANZAC Park War Memorial

    I have written separate reviews on Gundagai’s Boer War Memorial, located in front of the town's ornate court house, and the WWI Memorial at Rusconi Place near the railway station. Typically, and especially so in smaller country towns, World War I memorials have been expanded to also commemorate sacrifices in WWII and later wars and conflicts....

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  • Yarri and the Great Flood of 1852

    Located along Sheridan Lane by Morley's Creek are a number of reminders of the 1852 flood in Gundagai.Europeans began settling in Gundagai in the 1820s. Ignoring the advice of the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, they established and developed the town on the low-lying alluvial flats between the Murrumbidgee River and Morley’s Creek - that large...

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  • Gundagai’s Bridges

    The landscape at Gundagai is dominated by three bridges spanning the Murrumbidgee river and its floodplain: the Prince Alfred Bridge, the Railway Bridge, and the new Sheahan Bridge which forms part of the Hume Highway linking Sydney to Melbourne.Prior to the floods of 1852 (refer my separate review) Gundagai was located on the flats of the...

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  • Gundagai Railway Station

    Gundagai, being roughly half way between Sydney and Melbourne, was for a long time an important transport hub. Sadly, nowadays it is a town most people speed by in a vehicle on the Hume Highway or in a metal tube 30,000 ft above the town.The first train arrived into Gundagai on 21 July 1886 and the last one departed on the 13 January 1984. Weather...

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  • Gundagai War Memorial - Cenotaph

    ‘Erected to the Glory of God and the honour of brave men by a grateful people.Great War 1914 – 1918The Gundagai War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate those who served in WWI but like many such memorials it is now also used to commemorate those who have served in various later conflicts – specifically WWII and the Korean and Vietnam...

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  • Old Gaol and Police Station

    Located in Byron Street and just up the hill from the Court House is Gundagai’s historic police station and gaol. The first part of the gaol, a police station/lock-up was built shortly after the Court House and opened for business 1859. Them main cell block, gaoler's residence and the rather unique local slate wall with rendered capping you see...

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  • Boer War Memorial

    The Second Boer War (1899–1902), which ended with the Treaty of Vereeniging and the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies, involved large numbers of troops from many British possessions right across the world. This was the last great war restricted to Empire participants and ironically Australia’s first war as a nation following...

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  • Gundagai Court House

    The majestic fine classical Gundagai Court House, built in 1859 (clock added in 1877), is without doubt the most imposing building in Gundagai, due both to the quality of the building itself and its elevated site giving it a dominating presence above the town's main street.Invariably when one comes across a 19th century building like this in a...

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  • Gabriel Gallery

    Residents of Australia and others familiar with its hardware stores will be wondering why the main picture in a review of a photographic gallery depicts a Mitre 10 hardware store. Well, it so happens that the Gabriel Gallery occupies most of the first floor of Butcher Roberts Mitre 10 store. To get to the gallery you have to walk through the store...

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  • Gundagai Theatre

    The Gundagai Theatre in a lovely clean art deco style building opened in 1929 with, according the the local media ‘the gorgeous frocking lending a beautiful effect to what must be classed the largest dancing function yet held in Gundagai and district’ and a function ‘where the ladies excelled so well and set off their figures and looked so...

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  • Gundagai Literary Institute

    Literary Institutes (akin to Mechanics' Institutes and Schools of Art) played an important role in the life of early (European) Australian communities. They housed libraries and reading rooms and typically hosted lectures and served as adult education centres. Essentially they were the centre of a community's cultural activities – not unlike,...

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  • Dad & Dave, Mum & Mabel

    Dad & Dave, Australia’s longest running radio drama/comedy serialisation and its answer to BBC Radio Four’s, The Archers, ran from 1937 to 1953 with the same actors throughout and remains a much loved part of Australia’s cultural history. Yes indeed, many readers will raise an eyebrow at the sight of the words Australia and culture being used in...

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  • Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece

    While the famous ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ monument, five miles from Gundagai, was sculptured by Frank Rusconi it certainly is not the most impressive example of the work of this talented artisan on exhibition in the Gundagai district. From an artistic perspective it is one of his poorest offerings. Rusconi was a stonemason so bronze was not his usual...

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  • Pop into the Visitor Information Centre

    Your first stop in Gundagai (after visiting Five Mile Creek and the Dog on the Tuckerbox if you have driven in from the Sydney direction) should be the Visitor Information Centre located pretty much in the centre of town. The reason for this is three-fold:1. To arm yourself with a copy of a brochure entitled 'Explore Gundagai'. This brochure...

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  • Visit the Doggy Loo

    You cant get much more Australian than this.I mentioned in my Dog on the Tuckerbox review that there were toilet facilities in the vicinity of the monument. Lest readers assume that these facilities are limited to human use I add this review to assure potential visitors with dogs (or male ones in any event) that they are well and truly catered for...

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  • Carberry’s Inn – Five Mile Creek

    While whether Bullocky Bill’s dog ‘sat on’ or ‘shat in’ his tuckerbox here at Five Mile Creek or at Nine Mile Creek is a matter of debate what is for real is that Five Mile Creek has long been an important rest stop for travellers. In the early 1800s it was a base and rest stop for pioneers making their way further into the then unexplored interior...

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  • Joseph Carberry's Inn {ruins.}

    These ruins are all that is left of the once standing Limestone Inn.Built by Joseph and Rosannah Carberry in 1857, it consisted of 12 rooms, cellar, detached kitchen, storeroom and stables. All built from stone.The Limestone Inn was built to accommodate travellers on the main road between Sydney and Melbourne.In April 1861 a bushranger names...

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  • Food for Prime Ministers

    This review might be better placed under 'things to do' but I did eat here - albeit a small rushed snack lunch so here it is here.As a café owner, it's not often that you hear a knock on the door just before midnight, after you have closed for the night, and upon opening the door you find the Prime Minister of Australia standing there begging to be...

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  • Really Bad Coffee

    The rest stop at 'Dog on the Tuckerbox' is brilliant. Shady trees provide respite from the heat, a field behind the cafe provides space for kids to run about in and stretch their legs, and the statue of the Dog amuses all visitors who can record their images. There are some 'pioneer' memorabilia in a fenced of garden, and an array of seating...

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Gundagai Off The Beaten Path

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    by knerten Updated Aug 9, 2004

    Having done a degree in Civil Engineering, I can only marvel at the longest wooden bridge I have seen in my life so far. It was actually part of the old Hume Highway until the late 70s and is now open to pedestrian traffic only.

    Gundagai Bridge

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