An agricultural town in the Central West Region of NSW only 45 minutes north of the regional centre of Dubbo.
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 in the central west of New South Wales approximately half way between Melbourne and Brisbane approximately 45 minutes north of the regional centre of Dubbo.
It is known as the town of windmills. Until 1966 the town did not have a central water supply and most people in the town had a windmill. At one point the skyline of the township was dominated with approximately 360 Windmills.
The closest regional airport with daily flights to Sydney is in Dubbo which is 45 minutes to the south of Gilgandra.
The major sources of employment in Gilgandra are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Public administration and safety
- Education and training
- Accommodation and food services
Gilgandra Multipurpose Service is a small regional hospital with 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.
Gilgandra offers young families both long day care and preschool services.
Gilgandra has an IGA Supermarket. It also has a Country Target and numerous boutique retail stores.
The major regional centre of Dubbo is just 45 minutes away and offers extensive shopping options.
There a number of places of worship located in Gilgandra including, but not limited to, Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian.
The nearest mosque and various other places of worship are just 45 mins away in the regional centre of Dubbo.
On the Long Week-end in October of each year, the Gilgandra Community host the Coo-ee Festival. The festival incorporates many activities including, Street Parades, The NSW Coo-ee Calling Championships, and many other activities to keep the whole family entertained for the weekend.
Gilgandra boasts excellent facilities for all popular sports and the climate allows outdoor activities to be enjoyed all year round.
All sports including netball, tennis, basketball, squash, football, cricket, swimming, golf, touch football, hockey and many more have very strong clubs with various competitions throughout the year.
Gilgandra also has its own speedway and jockey club.