Located 377 km south-west of Sydney via the Hume Highway is an iconic Australia town called Gundagai. This small but charming town has been made famous by many poems and songs written about it including the popular folk song 'Along the Road to Gundagai'. The first two lines of this song can be seen engraved on a garden bed on the main street of the town.
The Court House
The best way to discover this unique town is to take a walk on the main street, called Sheridan Street. There are many historic buildings including the 1929 Gundagai Theatre, the Courthouse, the Family Hotel and a school.
Sculpture of Yarri and Jacky Jacky
Signages around sculpture
Also on the main street is a bronze sculpture in honour of the town's two heroes, Yarri and Jacky Jacky with a canoe. These two Wiradjuri Aboriginal men saved some 69 lives during the great flood of 1852. They used bark canoes to rescue the townsfolk. Around the sculpture are detailed signages to explain the lives of the Wiradjuri people around Gundagai before the arrival of Europeans, the early history of Gundagai and the story of the Great Flood of 1852.
Playground in park
Statues of Dad, Dave, Mum and Mabel
Next to the Visitor's Centre, also on the main street, is a park called Carberry Park. The park has a playground, sheltered bbq and a spacious lawn area. Located in the park are four unique statues called Dad, Dave, Mum and Mabel. The four characters were created by Steele Rudd and they became popular throughout Australia with the radio serial Dad and Dave.
Dog on the Tuckerbox
Not far from the town along the Hume Highway is the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox monument, inspired by a doggerel poem called "Bullocky Bill". It also commemorates the European pioneers who settled in the area.
Another historical structure is the Railway bridge built in 1902. There are signs in the town showing directions to the bridge. The Railway Museum is also nearby. There is also a lookout of the town not far from the main street.
Gundagai though a rural town has a lot of historical attractions to offer the tourist.