Gilgandra is a riverside oasis in a vast agricultural landscape. The town has a fascinating history and is known as the home of the Coo-ee. The home of the Coo-ee refers to the march of 35 men from Gilgandra to Sydney in 1915 to volunteer for the war. By the time they reached Sydney their numbers had swelled to 263 making the 1915 Coo-ee March from Gilgandra to Sydney the first and most successful recruitment march of World War 1.
The strength of Gilgandra is the people. The community has services that you would not expect to find in a community of 2700 people. This is largely due to the great community spirit, pride and participation that make it a great place to live, work and enjoy a relaxed country lifestyle but with the advantage of being 40 minutes drive from the major regional centre of Dubbo.
The current population of the Gilgandra Shire is 4700 with 2700 living in the Gilgandra township. Other villages are Tooraweenah (located at the Southern entrance to the Warrumbungle National Park) and Armatree in the north of the Shire.
The Gilgandra Shire is located at the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh Highways approximately halfway between Brisbane and Melbourne, 40 minutes north of the regional city of Dubbo in the Central West of NSW.
The region covers a geographic area of 4800km.
Gilgandra is serviced by three highways and is easily accessible by road.
- Dubbo – 35 minutes (65km)
- Newcastle – 4 hours (400km)
- Sydney – 5.5 hours (450km)
Coach – A Countrylink Coach travels to and from Gilgandra daily, the coach enables passengers to travel to and from Dubbo and also Lightning Ridge, Walgett and Coonamble.
Air – Gilgandra is located just 35 minutes north of Dubbo where regular daily flights travel to and from Sydney.
Train – The XPT has a daily route between Dubbo and Sydney, the Countrylink Coach links Gilgandra passengers to this service.
The Gilgandra District is predominantly an agricultural area with sheep, beef cattle and winter cereal cropping being the main enterprises. The local economy also relies on the business that the traffic on the Newell Highway provides.
- Health and aged care
- Tourism, hospitality and retail
The annual rainfall is 562mm with the wettest months being in summer. Gilgandra has a temperate climate, with an average summer temperature of 33° and an average winter temperature of 16°.
Gilgandra is a friendly, caring and passionate community. The community has numerous sporting clubs, and social groups that all work to make Gilgandra and district a relaxed, progressive and proactive community.
Gilgandra has a strong retail and business service sector as well as excellent health care with three GP clinics, two dentists and a range of other allied health care services. The close proximity to the major regional city of Dubbo provides regional city services at a fraction of the cost.
The median house price in Gilgandra is $179,000. Cooee Lodge Retirement Village has independent living villa units starting at $145,000. A large 3500 square metre residential block costs around $50,000.
Average rental for a 2 bedroom unit is $180 per week & 3 bedroom house $230 per week.
The new Gilgandra Industrial Park has fully serviced blocks available at $11+GST per square metre.
The largest industry sector in Gilgandra is agriculture employing over 600 people. A nett employment increase of over 65 jobs is projected for the Gilgandra region, with employment growth to occur particularly in retail employment, clerical, sales and service and production.
Gilgandra has a relatively high capacity to train labour in the government, health and community services industry and a medium-high capacity to train labour for trades people and related occupations.
There are currently employment opportunities in both aged care and disability care services.
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Gilgandra has a wide range of educational services and facilities starting from early childhood through to adult tertiary education.
- Gilgandra Pre School
- Premier Early Learning
- Castlereagh Family Daycare
- St Joseph’s School Gilgandra
- Gilgandra Public School
- Tooraweenah Public School
- Gilgandra High School
- TAFE Western – Gilgandra Campus
Visit www.gilgandra.nsw.gov.au/community/your-community/education for further information and contact details.
- Gilgandra has three doctors surgeries
- Multi purpose health service (hospital)
- Two dental practices
- Gilgandra has a Services NSW Office that provides access to a range of Government departments and transaction related services
- Four banks (Commonwealth, NAB, Westpac and Bendigo Bank)
- Accountant and several other financial services that service the town from Dubbo
- Two legal firms