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Coolac, originally home to the Wirradjuri People, was first settled by Europeans in the 1830's. There are a number of buildings, created between 1850 to 1880 from the local stone, still standing in the village, including the three original hotels known as the Beehive, Coolac and Junction hotels, the police station, and two churches, St Judes Anglican and St Peters Catholic. Until 1982, a level-crossing railway line crossed the Hume Highway just near St Judes. The Murrumbidgee River is joined by the Tumut River and the Muttama Creek, which wends its way from Cootamundra, not far from the current Hume Highway. Situated some 'nine miles from Gundagai', it is arguable that the bank of the Muttama Creek at Coolac was the original site of the 'legendary' Dog on the Tuckerbox tale, as opposed to those who argue for the 'five mile' theory. Coolac produces quality beef, lamb and cereal products. In the early days of settlement a minor gold rush was experienced. It is reputed that some 900 miners were camped on the hill not far from the present hotel, which also had a producing vineyard nearby. Some minor minerals and semi-precious stones have been found in the area. These days the region boasts Australia's largest apple orchard and the champion racehorse, Tie The Knot, grazes not far away The school was established in 1872 of local stone, with the present weatherboard structure erected in the 1920s, closing permanently in 1980. It is now the venue for the annual Coolac Festival Of Fun which offers a program of outdoor concerts by some of Australia's leading performers, along with the well-known Bald Archy Prize, and a grand dinner celebrating the regions best wine and food.

Coolac: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Train Stop Antiques

Come enjoy a hearty breakfast/lunch at the Train Stop Antique Cafe over the road from the Dog on the Tuckerbox. Quaint antiques fill three carriages (two largely converted) and rustic garden items outside are a welcome distraction and break from the Highway . The hearty and fresh menu offers gluten free. Call in and see this unique little cafe.

Annie Pyers Drive
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 13.3K from Coolac

Dog on the Tucker Box Recreational Trail

Come and experience the newly formed four kilometre Dog on the Tucker Box Walking/Cycling/Horse riding trail connecting the township of Gundagai to the Dog on the Tucker Box.

Use the quiet roads to access the trail from the main street (an extra three kilometres), or park your car at the track head at the end of Spring Flat Road. This is a beautiful meandering trail going through peaceful countryside. A great family activity.

Spring Flat Road
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 18.2K from Coolac

The Old Gundagai Gaol

Entertaining and informative self-guided audio tours of this newly opened heritage site are now available daily (hire a player, headphones and pick up the key from the Visitor Information and Travel Centre).

Explore cells that held the infamous bushrangers Moonlite and Peisley. Enjoy world class narration of various stories of law and order in a frontier town.

The Old Gundagai Gaol stands at the corner of First Avenue and Byron Street, surrounded by a high wall of local slate with rendered capping.

First Avenue ,
Corner of Byron Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.6K from Coolac

Gundagai Historic Museum

Those interested in history will find the Gundagai Historical Museum fascinating. It is a treasure trove of memorabilia, with displays of pioneer life, bushrangers and even Phar Lap's saddlecloth.

One highlight of the vast collection is the two gorgets (medallions) presented to Yarri and Jacky, the Wiradjuri men whose efforts saved many lives during the great flood of 1852.

The collection also includes a T-model Ford, farm machinery, wagons, equipment, clothing, coins, stamps, household items and other interesting paraphernalia from the 19th and early 20th century.

The museum is managed entirely by dedicated volunteers and the visitor's book hints at the nostalgic journey of many who have spent time going through the displays.

Homer Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.6K from Coolac

Gundagai Heritage Railway

Gundagai railway station is a New South Wales State Heritage-listed timber station dating from 1886. The station closed in 1984 and since 1992 has been restored into a tourist attraction which sees local and international tourists come to visit.

Many historical displays and photos are in the museum and in the yard rollingstock can be seen. The museum is managed by a volunteer team which is keen to showcase the NSW rail history. Each year Open Day events are held to attract people and raise further awareness.

Volunteers work on restoring the station and yard with plans to rebuild the line and run tourist trains in the future.

The station is five minutes off the Hume Highway - come and spend 30 minutes or so at the station and learn some local history. Donations are welcomed to keep the project running as is any support from interested volunteers or members.

Rusconi Place / Hemans Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.6K from Coolac

Gundagai Emporium

Come and browse the varied displays on show within the majestic art deco Gundagai Picture Theatre centrally located on Gundagai's main street.

Some of the things on display are antique furniture, antique and reproduction porcelain and glassware, vintage clothing and furs, cast collectables and memorabilia, costume jewellery and much much more.

219 Sheridan Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.7K from Coolac

Gundagai Gold Trails

Gold was identified by the geologist Rev. W. B. Clarke at Gundagai in 1842. A gold rush hit the area in 1858 following further discoveries of gold and mining continued initially until 1875. Following a second gold rush in 1894, mines operated well into the 20th Century, with some mining activity still occurring in 2007.

The best known historical mines were the 'Robinson and Rice's Mine' (Long Tunnel Mine) a few miles south west of Gundagai and the 'Prince of Wales Mine' a few miles to the immediate west of Gundagai.

'Nangus Island' in the middle of the Murrumbidgee River at Nangus is marked as one of the early goldfields and was previously named 'M'Arthur Island'.

Gundagai was an important staging post, with gold from Adelong sent for delivery to the Sydney Mint. Sergeant Parry, shot dead in an 1864 coach hold up, is buried here.

249 Sheridan Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.7K from Coolac

Coolac: Events

Sergeant Parry Day

Sergeant Parry Day at Jugiong is a celebration of Jugiong's history. November 16 1864 is the day that represents the battle between The Hall gang - Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert, and John Dunn - and Sergeant Parry. The Hall Gang held up a mail coach between Gundagai and Jugiong and shot and killed 32 year-old Sergeant Edmund Parry (1832 to 1864).

Located in the heart of this thriving Village is the monument dedicated to this brave Police Officer. The monument was erected in 2012 in Memorial Park as part of the Village Celebrations of 150 years of Policing in NSW.

Event Dates
      19th Nov

Riverside Drive,
Jugiong Village
Jugiong, NSW, 2726

Located 15.3K from Coolac

Bald Archy Exhibition

The Bald Archy exhibition is Gundagai's most renowned event on the arts calendar, consisting of 50 hilarious portraits of well known Australians. Held at the Old Gundagai Gaol.

It's the only art event in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude. The Bald Archy Prize is known throughout the world for providing artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy, or caricature.

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Byron Street
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.4K from Coolac

The Gundagai Show

Be sure to make your way to the Gundagai Showground for a fun-filled weekend of horse events, dog trials, art and craft exhibitions, rides, face painting and amusements for the whole family.

Featuring at this show with be the NSW Country Showjumping Championships with two rings over two days.

Another treat this year will be the amazing performances of Majura the Magician.

Come experience a unique country show with its awesome hospitality and great atmosphere!

The Gundagai Showground,
O J Bell Drive
Gundagai, NSW, 2722

Located 19.6K from Coolac

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