Dunedoo is a small town set amidst gently rolling hills and wide valleys adjacent to the Talbragar River. It is 85km north of Mudgee, 360km 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.
Rich in good grazing country and cropping, the area boasts many affluent farmlands. A warm and friendly spirit exudes from the local community, whom take pride in the Annual Dunedoo Show and Art Exhibition, among many other activities.
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 crossed 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 town site was not surveyed until 1868. The name Dunedoo is locally known to come from the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal name for black swans.
The railway did not arrive until 1910. Before that time, travellers enroute 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 http://www.dunedoo-nsw.com/.