The Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information Centre was recently named the 2006 Most Outstanding Visitor Centre at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards.The Coo-ee Heritage Centre was constructed in 2001 and aims to harmoniously represent the cultures and lifestyles, past and present, of the people of the Gilgandra district in a setting conducive to providing education and entertainment.
The Centre demonstrates local major events of regional, state and national significance. Exhibitions include the Coo-ee March Collection, the Australian Collection and a plotted history of Gilgandra. The Centre is located on the banks of the Castlereagh River with the Gilgandra Visitor Centre.
The architectural design reflects Reconciliation with the Koori Gallery at one end, the European History Gallery at the other with a neutral exhibition space in the Centre. The Centre features rammed earth walls and floors, corrugated iron and water tanks. It brings the two cultures together in a peaceful and artistic manner providing a truly enjoyable experience for all visitors.
The middle exhibition space features travelling exhibitions, local artists displays and themed presentations about Gilgandra district, so no two visits to the Centre should ever be the same.
The Gilgandra Visitor Centre is also located within the building. Another aspect of the complex is the Rural Museum, just 200 metres from the Visitor and Coo-ee Heritage Centre. The Rural Museum offers a peep into yesteryear with its vast collection of agricultural artifacts, historical buildings and fascinating stories. Just look for the huge windmill out the front on the Newell Highway. The Rural Museum is open everyday between 10am and 4pm with admission being Adults $5 and children $2. www.ruralmuseum.org.au
You may also wish to take a stroll into town along the ‘Windmill Walk’. A beautiful avenue of trees and local windmills that meanders along the banks of the Castlereagh River towards the Centre of town. There are picnic facilities right along the walk with cafes and service stations on the other side of the road offering a variety of snacks and meals.
The Centre is open to the public 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Bus and school groups are welcome and are encouraged to make a booking at the Gilgandra Visitor Centre on (02) 68178700 or Email us. Local volunteer tour guides are also available.