Dunedoo, NSW

Small service town on the Central Western Slopes.

Dunedoo is a tiny rural service centre on the crossroads of the Golden and Castlereagh Highways. It is surrounded by fertile plains, gently rolling hills and wide valleys. The local water comes from the Talbragar River. The surrounding district is agricultural and concentrates on wheat, cattle, mixed farming, timber, fat lambs and wool. The commercial centre is effectively a run of shops along Bolaro Street which runs beside the railway line.


Dunedoo is located 354 km north west of Sydney via Mudgee, 97 km north east of Dubbo and 88 km north of Mudgee. 


Origin of Name

The name 'Dunedoo' probably derived from a Wiradjuri word for 'swans' which are commonly sighted in the lagoons around the town.


Things to See and Do

Dunedoo Museum
In recent times there has been a commitment by the local community to establishing a museum to record and store the history of the local district. It is currently located in the Multi Purpose Centre at 42 Bolaro Street and is open from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm on Thursdays. It can be opened on request. Check with John (02) 6375 1372 or Ruth (02) 6375 1436.


Other Attractions in the Area

Leadville is 22 km east of Dunedoo and takes its name from the lead (and silver) ores extracted from the Mount Stewart mining operations. The mining ceased in 1898 but, as prices and demand rose, the mine was reopened from 1912-1927, 1932-1937 and 1950-1951. Large amounts of pyrites were also extracted from 1912. The old mines can be seen from the roadside at Leadville. There is an information board concerning the mining operations. 

Located 15 km south west of Dunedoo, Cobbora became a postal and coach stop between Mudgee and Mendooran in the 1860s. Two hotels were established and it was declared a town in 1885 when a police station was built. There is an historic cemetery with headstones dating back to 1868.

The area is recognised as a good place to fossick for sapphires, gemstones and gold-bearing conglomerate. There is also a deposit of petrified wood near Cobbora. Ask for details at the Multi Purpose Centre.

A Loo With A View
Australians know Dunedoo because "dunny" is an old fashioned term for toilet ... usually one outside and serviced by sanitary workers. As the town, which is small and slowly fading, wanted to raise its profile it was suggested that it should be known as the town of the "Big Dunny". A huge toilet was proposed but the town was divided and it was never built.



* Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri peoples. 

* In 1823 explorer Allan Cunningham became the first European in the district when he came across Pandora's Pass, the route over the Warrumbungle Range onto the Liverpool Plains. 

* The district was surveyed in 1832 and squatters soon followed in search of fresh pasturage. 

* The townsite was not surveyed until 1868. 

* The local post office opened in 1876 and was named Dunedoo in 1909. It had previously been known as Bolaro.

* The railway did not arrive until 1910. 

* In 2005 the town was incorporated into the Warrumbungle Shire.


Visitor Information

For information about the town and district check out the Multi Purpose Centre, 42 Bolaro Street, tel: John on (02) 6375 1372.


Useful Websites

The town has its own website. Check out

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  • Last time we were there there were 4 pie shops. We’re going to check it out again next week. (17th June 2020). Some townsfolk mightn’t like it, but we’ve found Dunedoo to be a good loo stop.

    Roslyn Brooks
  • You should insert a short list of accommodation or farmstays in and around Dunedoo here.

    • It is a great idea but when this site was first constructed, back in 1996, we included over 13,000 accommodation and eating destinations … and, because they change so fast, it was wrong the day we completed it. Too complicated and a nightmare to keep up to date.

      Bruce Elder
  • Hugh Bowman and Winx painted on the silo in the Main Street.

  • Hi there!
    Just thought you might like this link to add info about some of the glorious painted silos that some of these towns have invested in.
    If you delve into this site, there are maps to purchase and photos of the water towers and silos as well as murals in many outback towns and they do keep updating the material.
    I love to research my road trips and at the moment (Covid willing) I am planning a road trip to see some of the silos in northern NSW . I love the Aussie Towns site so thank you so much for keeping it going – its my favourite site alongside the Wikicamps app.
    Regards, Gail

    Gail Rosemond
  • I have photos of all 3 sides of the beautiful silos now if you want them. Cheers, Gail

  • Why are all those houses just left to rot just off the highway

  • Perfect place to relax and unwind, the people of Dunedoo will take you in as one of theirs. There is too much country life to be taken in around the area. You will never get a better hamburger and chips from the Rose Cafe.

    David hall