Gunnedah Shire Council

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Gunnedah Shire


Gunnedah Shire is located in the North West Slopes Region of north-west New South Wales. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 5,000 square kilometres. Gunnedah Shire is a largely rural area, with most of the population living in the township of Gunnedah and the villages of Breeza, Carroll, Curlewis, Mullaley and Tambar Springs. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, with some coal mining. Tourism is also an important industry.

The primary employment sector in Gunnedah Shire is agriculture, forestry and fishing, with other key employment sectors being retail trade, health care, manufacturing and education. The main agricultural industries are grain growing (wheat, sorghum and barley), other crop growing (cotton, soya beans and vegetables), cattle and sheep grazing, and pig raising. The Shire’s primary commercial area is the Gunnedah CBD. Health care facilities are provided at Gunnedah District Hospital and a number of aged care facilities. The Shire’s main industrial areas are located to the west of the Gunnedah CBD, between the Kamilaroi Highway and the Oxley Highway. Educational facilities are provided at TAFE New England (Gunnedah Campus), Community College Northern Inland and numerous primary and secondary schools.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Kamilaroi Highway
  • Oxley Highway
  • North Western railway line
  • Gunnedah Airport


  • Sydney GPO 450km
  • Brisbane GPO 650km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Gunnedah
  • (around Alford Road, Bennett Road, Borthistle Road, Farrar Road, Kamilaroi Highway, Oxley Highway, Quie Road and Ross Road)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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