​Gunnedah

New South Wales koala capital of the world

Gunnedah is a sizeable country town of some 10,000 people, situated on a sloping ridge above the Namoi and Mooki Rivers in the wheat belt of northern NSW, 434 km north-west of Sydney and 264 m above sea-level.

A diverse range of sporting, cultural and recreational activities are available all year round to both visitors and residents. Gunnedah has always been an enthusiastic sporting community and there is a great variety of established sports and sporting facilities provided by over 50 sporting clubs.

Culturally there are active, talented crafts people, museums and music.  Music tuition is available from private teachers and from a branch of the NSW Conservatorium of Music while the Gunnedah Eisteddfod is one of the biggest in country NSW.  The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition for young people attracts international entries as well as entries from over a thousand schools and is the biggest of its kind in the world.

Commercially, the Ag-Quip Field Days provide the largest agricultural supermarket in the Southern Hemisphere and the Gunnedah Saleyard is the largest stock selling centre in NSW.

More than 200 special interest and leisure groups, including sporting organisations, cater for many types of indoor and outdoor recreational interests.  Keepit Dam lies just 30Kms to the east of Gunnedah on the Oxley Highway.  In addition to the Dam itself, the recreational features are worth the visit with sailing, boating, water sports and fishing just some of the attractions of Lake Keepit.

Gunnedah is also renowned for its wild life and a large Koala population inhabits the area.  Many nature walks can be found around the town and the district which are a must for those wanting to see some of Australia's unique native life.

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