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Gunnedah is located in the Namoi Valley in the north west of NSW, a five hour drive from Sydney. The shire includes the villages of Curlewis, Breeza, Carroll, Tambar Springs and Mullaley. Gunnedah is the service hub of the shire with many businesses and several financial institutions located in the town.


The shire covers an area of 4,994 square kilometres and including the outlying villages, has a population of 12,066 (Census 2011). Gunnedah offers a perfect blend of a relaxed, quality lifestyle within a resilient economic area.



Getting here

By road, Gunnedah is 78kms west of Tamworth and approximately 430kms from Sydney and 655kms from Brisbane. It is serviced by a daily train service to and from Sydney with multiple air services to Sydney and Brisbane operating from Tamworth (just a 45 minute drive).



The Koala Capital of the World & Tourism

Gunnedah is known as the 'Koala Capital of the World' due to the abundance of koalas living in and around the township. Just out of Gunnedah, Waterways Wildlife Park provides an ‘up close and personal’ experience with their koalas.


Just a short 30 min drive from Gunnedah, Lake Keepit State Park provides plenty of accommodation and camping for those into water sports and great fishing.


Gunnedah embraces the arts and its significant cultural heritage via The Creative Arts Centre,  the Water Tower Museum, Gunnedah Rural Museum (one of the best rural museums in Australia), the Red Chief Memorial, the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial and the recently opened Pensioners Hill sculptures, just to name a few.





Gunnedah’s CBD provides the community with locally owned boutiques stores retailing the latest fashion, books, gift ware and local produce. Major chain stores such as Woolworths, Coles, Target Country, Millers Fashion and Best & Less are represented. All major services are catered for including health, communications, banking, real estate, transport and beauty. The town offers a range of cafes providing brewed coffee, lunch or snacks as well as a variety of restaurants and fast food outlets. Monthly markets are conducted on the third Saturday of the month.





Gunnedah has two preschools, a special needs school, four primary schools and two secondary schools. Four of the shire villages each have a primary school.





Gunnedah’s climate is warm to hot throughout summer (34 degrees celcius, average) and cool to mild in winter (16.9 degrees celcius, average).




More information on Gunnedah

Looking to change your lifestyle, relocate or establish a business, or even visit for a holiday, come and see Gunnedah for yourself.

For further information on what Gunnedah can offer you and or family visit



Photos courtesy Gunnedah Shire Council.



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