Explore In A Day
Here for one day? Experience the best of our region with our full-day itinerary guide. Whether walking, or driving, we’ll help you navigate all the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. Tip! Dress comfortably and grab your camera.
Gulargambone River Walk
Put on your comfortable shoes, we’re setting out from Gulargambone. If you arrive in town before the café opens, follow the signs through town to the Riverwalk. This scenic walk meanders along the Gulargambone River. It’s brief but an outstandingly tranquil way to start your day.
Returning to town, grab that coffee and freshly baked smoko from the café. It doubles as a Visitor Information Centre, so have a chat as you pick up your copy of the Street Art Walk map, coming up next.
Gulargambone’s Street Art Walk
From murals to sculptures, there are about 15 artworks dotted around town. Stroll along and admire the exquisitely detailed shop fronts. Artworks are also visible from your car, but be sure to stop along the way to really take in the detail.
Coonamble Water Tower Artwork
Head north to Coonamble. The drive from Gular will take you about half-an-hour via the Castlereagh Highway. As you enter the 90km zone on your way into Coonamble, you’ll pass by the Showgrounds — home to our famous Rodeo and Campdraft, held every June long weekend. Continue along the Highway until you spot the Coonamble Water Tower, which is the next artwork on your exploration.
This is the perfect time for a pit-stop and an opportunity to capture a photo in front of this iconic water tower. Lastly, pop into the new Visitor Information and Exhibition Centre directly across the road. Find out what else there is to see and book a time to visit the Museum Under the Bridge, planned for later in our itinerary.
Fresh country air and walking builds up an appetite. While you are at the Visitor Information and Exhibition Centre, ask about suitable locations for lunch. There is a selection of country cooking in local cafes and a range of genuine, small-town takeaways to choose from.
Nickname Hall of Fame
After lunch, go for a walk around the main street to see at the iconic Nickname Hall of Fame, featuring caricatures and descriptions of some of the town’s most infamous characters, their funny yarns and the story behind their moniker.
Museum Under the Bridge
Next, head towards the bridge over the Castlereagh River. You’ll see a colonial building tucked-in on the bank of the river, aptly called the Museum Under the Bridge. This is the place where you can slip back in time and be immersed and surprised by the town and region's rich history. Make sure to contact the Coonamble Visitor Information and Exhibition Centre to check opening hours or to make an appointment.
Drive to Quambone
Fill up the car and let’s get going to Quambone. It is a 45-minute drive west on a sealed road with patchy phone service. Relax and enjoy the drive, watch the amazing scenery pass you by or tune into our local radio station MTM-FM at 91.9 on your FM dial.
Once in Quambone, stop at the park opposite the general store to read the story of the Weilwan People, and pause to reflect on the effects of their displacement from the area.
Another site to see in Quambone is the smallest library in NSW, just beside the Memorial Hall.
The Macquarie Marshes is your final destination today, about 50km west of Quambone. Before heading to the Marshes, pop into the pub or general store to confirm the road conditions with a friendly local.
Ready to go? Head north on Merri Merri Road for a few kilometres, followed by a left-hand turn onto Sandy Camp Road. Follow this road until it merges onto Gibson Way and you’re in the Marshes. Park at the Bird Viewing Platform and see how many species you can spot. This is always a better experience with binoculars and a camera. When flowing with water, the Marshes are one of Australia’s most important waterbird nesting sites. If you still have time and you’ve arranged access, head on further to the Burrima Boardwalk (ask about the Boardwalk at the Coonamble Visitor Information & Exhibition Centre).
Once you’ve soaked up all of the scenery, head back to Quambone and enjoy a meal at the pub with the welcoming locals. Don’t hold bac:, the locals are always interested to hear about your day’s adventures. It might surprise you, but you may have experienced many attractions that the locals haven’t yet got around to visit themselves.