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Gilgandra

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Home to the coo-ee, Gilgandra is an agricultural town in the Central West, only 45 minutes north of the regional centre of Dubbo

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Location

Located on the banks of the Castlereagh River, Gilgandra is 430 km (nearly 6 hr drive) north-west of Sydney and 68 km (45 min drive) from Dubbo.

Known for its windmills, that until the late 1960s were used to access water, and the Coo-ee March that saw recruits set out from Gilgandra in 1915 to join the war effort, shouting coo-ee at towns along the way.

How to get there

The closest regional airport is 45 mins away in Dubbo. Regular flights are available to destinations including Sydney with Qantas, Regional Express, JetGo and FlyPelican.

Population

The town of Gilgandra has a population of just over 3000 people, the median age of residents is 46 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 17.2% of the population.

Gilgandra is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Gilgandra Multipurpose Service is a small regional hospital of less than 50 beds. Services include an emergency department, domiciliary care unit and nursing home care unit.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Gilgandra staffed by full time paramedics and volunteers.

 

Accredited GP practices

  • Gilgandra Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing people living in the Gilgandra Shire are: local government administration, grain growing and beef cattle farming.
  • Education

Gilgandra has two primary schools and one high school:
  • Childcare

There is a long day care centre in Gilgandra.
  • Shopping

Gilgandra has an IGA supermarket, Country Target and numerous boutique stores. The major regional centre of Dubbo is just 45 minutes away and offers extensive shopping options.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Gilgandra include Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. A full listing is available from Gilgandra Council. The nearest mosque, and a range of other places of worship, are just 45 mins away in the regional centre of Dubbo.
  • Points of interest

On the October Long Weekend Gilgandra hosts the Coo-ee Festival with street parades and the NSW Coo-ee Calling Championships. The Gilgandra Rural Museum provides a snapshot of the area’s rural past including historic building.
  • Sporting activities

Gilgandra boasts many sporting clubs and a wide range of sporting facilities. The climate allows outdoor sports year-round including: netball, tennis, basketball, football, cricket, swimming, golf, touch football and hockey. The Gilgandra Racecourse and Gilgandra Speedway both host regular events.
  • Community groups and activities

Community and service groups in Gilgandra include the SES, RFS, Lions Club and Women in Gilgandra. A listing of community groups can be found at Gilgandra Shire Council.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Gilgandra. A good place to start are the Facebook pages The Gilgandra Weekly and Gilgandra Shire Council.