Dunedoo is a small town set amidst gentle rolling hills and wide valleys adjacent the Talbragar River. It is 85 km north of Mudgee, 360 km north-west of Sydney and 399m above sea-level. It functions as a service centre to the surrounding district which is given over to the production of wheat, cattle, mixed farming, timber, fat lambs and wool.
Prior to white settlement the area was occupied by the Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri peoples. In 1823 explorer Allan Cunningham became the first known European in the district when he came across Pandora’s Pass, the route over the Warrumbungle Range on to 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 name ‘Dunedoo’ is said to derive from an Aboriginal word for ‘swans’ which frequented the nearby lagoons.
The railway did not arrive until 1910. Before that time, travellers en route to Sydney had to journey by a horse-drawn vehicle to Mudgee, by Cobb & Co coach to Penrith and then by rail to the city. For more information on Dunedoo, please visit www.visitnsw.com/town/Dunedoo.