What’s around Orana Windmill Motel
Gilgandra And District
Here, you can find out all you need to know about the storied town of Gilgandra. Follow the links to read all about the place, including tourism spots to check out, agriculture, history, business and, of course, the welcoming local community.
Check Out All The Local Attractions Around Gilgandra
Coo-Ee Heritage Centre
The Coo-ee Heritage Centre serves as both information centre and museum, allowing visitors to learn about the history of Gilgandra even as they plan how to spend their time there in the present. The culture and legacy of the town is revealed through fascinating exhibitions like the Coo-ee March Collection, the Australian Collection, and even a plotted history of Gilgandra, so we heartily recommend the Heritage Centre as the place to start out.
Fun fact: The centre is named after the Coo-ee march that took place in 1915 in light of World War 1. 35 men from Gilgandra made the journey from Gilgrandra to Sydney, calling out people to join them by shouting, “Coo-ee!” – The bushman’s call for help. Upon reaching Sydney, the 35 men had grown to 263 recruits.
The Taronga Western Plains Zoo (or Dubbo Zoo, as it’s also known) is one of the greatest exhibitions of the natural world that Australia has to offer. With hundreds of animals to see, daily keeper presentations and stuff to do at every turn, you’ll wonder how you could ever fit it all into a single day.
Fortunately, you don’t have to! If you stay the night at the Billabong Camp or the Zoofari Lodge, you can pick up right where you left off the very next day. With the option to walk, bike or catch a cart around the zoo, the whole lot is yours to enjoy at whatever pace you choose.
Warrumbungle National Park
Whether you're looking for camping, barbeques, rock-climbing, bird-watching, bushwalking, photography or just good, old-fashioned relaxing, Warrumbungle National Park's got the works! The scenery is breathtaking, and the park is home to over 150 known species of bird, as well as host of other critters like kangaroos, wallabies, emus, goannas, possums, and even koalas.
Fun Fact: The name 'Warrumbungle' is a Gamilaroi (Aboriginal) word meaning 'crooked mountains'.
Gilgandra Golf Club
This is an impeccable nine-hole (18 tees) golf course, and a spacious clubhouse ideal for pre and post-game relaxation. What’s not to love? The clubhouse can even be hired out for special occasions, such as weddings, receptions and birthday parties.
Coo-ee Festival - October Long Weekend
This festival is undoubtedly Gilgandra's highlight of the year, and nothing brings the town to life quite like it. Commemorating the famous Coo-ee March of 1915, the festival transforms the town into a sparkling oasis of street fairs, live music, poetry, parades, busking, rotary markets, and, of course, the Coo-ee calling champions. It's a magical celebration of pure Gilgandra that the whole family will never forget!
Fun fact: Tin 1915, the Coo-ee's march became the stuff of legends. The subsequent marches were responsible for a dramatic upturn in Australian recruitment figures for World War 1.
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