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Dubbo to Gunnedah

Friday - 22 May 2015

It had rained for most of the night and extinguished our fire-pot. We were the last to leave the Terramungamine Reserve at about 10:30 am - a late checkout? We headed back towards Dubbo to the Newell Highway and turned left for Gilgandra.

Gilgandra is the home of the Coo-ee March that took place in October and November 1915. After the disasters of Gallipoli and the Western Front in 1915, recruitment was flagging as people realised the war would not be over in a few months, and a recruitment march was organised in Gilgandra. A group of 35 volunteers left Gilgandra on 10 October 1915, and marched to Sydney via Orange and Lithgow, recruiting as they went. They arrived in Sydney on 12 November with 263 men having marched 320 miles over dirt roads that were often no more than a muddy track.

At Gilgandra we had a look at the Gilgandra Heritage Centre, before a quick stop in town for a few groceries and newspapers. From Gilgandra it was north east on the Newell Highway again heading to Coonabarabran. As with the last two days on the Newell most of the trucks were heading in the other direction. As usual we continued our practice of helping the trucks to pass us easily and usually got a thank you for our efforts. After all they are working and we are on holiday?

Just past Coonabarabran we turned onto the Oxley Highway heading for Gunnedah. While the Newell Highway was getting rougher as we headed north, the Oxley was worse - very rough and bouncy which is not good for the van and the contents of the cupboards. Also more hills with long climbs and passing lanes, although not over much traffic to make their way past us. At Gunnedah we checked into the Gunnedah RV Campground for a couple of nights. Tomorrow we will take in the sights of Gunnedah, which is a reasonably sized country town with Woolworths, Coles and Target.


A late check-out at Terramungamine? - every one else had gone


The Coo-ee Bugle at Gilgandra Heritage Centre


The Coo-ee Spring-cart with supplies


Gunnedah RV Campground

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