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New South Wales
One of the many sculptured galahs and the post office, Gulargambone
Gulargambone is located in New South Wales
Coordinates31°20′S 148°28′E / 31.333°S 148.467°E / -31.333; 148.467Coordinates: 31°20′S 148°28′E / 31.333°S 148.467°E / -31.333; 148.467
Population400 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Coonamble Shire Council
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes

Gulargambone is a village in the central west plains of New South Wales, Australia, on the banks of the Castlereagh River, in Coonamble Shire. It is 382km (and 490km by road) north west of Sydney. At the 2016 census, Gulargambone had a population of 400.[1]

Its name is derived from the local Wiradjuri people's word for "Watering place of many birds" or 'Gillahgambone' for 'place of galahs'.[2] Gulargambone was first occupied by Europeans in the mid nineteenth century and gazetted as a village in 1883.

The town came to national attention in 2000, when the local government attempted to close down the post office, leading to the opening of the first community owned post office in Australia, which has been followed by a number of other community-led initiatives. These include the improvement of the local hospital, creating a multi-purpose health centre, the opening of a new cinema and the transformation of the old cinema, Simmo's Bazaar, into 2828, the community centre, featuring a cafe and a gift shop. It has also adopted a town logo, the galah. This has led to Gulargambone becoming the model for self-sufficiency for other small towns in Australia.[3] Gulargambone has won several awards since its revival and most importantly was awarded the 2005 NSW Tidy Towns State winner.[4]


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 400 people in Gulargambone.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 45.0% of the population.
  • 79.8% of people were born in Australia and 80.8% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Anglican 27.8% and No Religion 26.8%.[1]


Driving by car from Sydney to Gulargambone is 490km and takes approximately seven hours. Driving by car from Dubbo to Gulargambone is 114km and takes approximately 1.25hrs.[5]

NSW Trainlink operates coaches between Dubbo and Lightning Ridge, which stop at Coonamble street, Gulargambone. The coach to Lightning Ridge stops daily at 1545. The coach to Dubbo stops at 0900 from Tuesday to Thursday, and 1200 from Friday to Monday.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Peter Andren – independent parliamentarian
  • Alexander Henry Buckley – First World War Victoria Cross recipient
  • Harry Chandler - farmer at Gulargambone, pilot navigator with the RAAF stationed first in the Middle East, then Malta and finally in England and 1944 recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross in WWII. Chandler was a crew member in a Lancaster on many tours out of England flown by RAAF pilot Frank Morris from the neighbouring town of Gilgandra, who was also a 1944 recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.[7]
  • Neil Lambell – grazier raised on "Weenya", Gulargambone, 1944 recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross in WWII.[8]
  • Sam Irwin - Current Utility Back for the Uni-North Owls in the John I Dent Cup.
  • Alan Ridley - Australian Rugby League Test player


  1. ^ a b c {Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gulargambone (L)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 February 2019. Edit this at Wikidata CC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ "Gulargambone". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Gulargambone's Story". communitybuilders.nsw. Archived from the original on August 24, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
  4. ^ "Keep Australia Beautiful". Keep Australia Beautiful Pty Limited. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
  5. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  6. ^ "NSW Trainlink - Dubbo to Lightning Ridge - Bus Timetable". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  7. ^ 'Gilgandra Weekly', 15 June 1944, "Another Decoration", p.1
  8. ^ Australian War Memorial, Distinguished Flying Cross : Pilot Officer N A Lambell, 576 Squadron RAF, accessed 18 Nov 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Gulargambone at Wikimedia Commons