Heritage walks, tree-lined streetscape, and the cleanest toilets in NSW await visitors to the historic township of Jerilderie. Established in 1859, the town is nestled on the banks of Australia’s, and reputedly the world’s, longest creek. Billabong Creek wends its way through Jerilderie and 321 kms of quintessentially Australian landscape.
On the Newell Highway, Jerilderie is the main inland route linking Melbourne and Brisbane and the shortest route from Adelaide to Sydney. It's the start of the Kidman Way, a 644 km stretch of road where caravanners and campers can backtrack to the outback. It’s a ‘Bucket List’ journey via state's newest town of Coleambally, the gorgeous riverside town of Darlington Point, through Griffith, and onto Bourke. The Kidman Way joins with Queensland’s Matilda Highway, taking the adventurous traveller a further 1812 kms to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Jerilderie is known in history as the childhood home of Australia’s greatest military strategist, Sir John Monash. The private home stands beautifully preserved in the main street where you can sense the history, browse shops devoted to vintage wares and collectables, and mull on opportunities to establish your own small business dream leveraged off the thousands of visitors passing though on the Newell each day.
Hundreds of caravanners visit the quaint and safe township of Jerilderie each day. Nothing quite so drastic has happened since the Ned Kelly Gang visited in 1879. Ned wrote his manifesto, The Jerilderie Letter, whilst the gang kept the town’s prominent citizens hostage in the local Hotel. Today, the Kelly bank vault is on view in the Royal Mail Hotel. Visitors can walk the heritage precinct, enjoy the outlaw’s story, meander through the Powell St heritage precinct, or experience the serenity of Billabong Creek and Lake Jerilderie.
Not a day passes where picturesque Lake Jerilderie is not enjoyed by locals or visitors stretching their legs and breathing in the clean eucalypt scented air. Horgan’s Walk is easy to navigate, peaceful and revitalising. The old worlde Mini Railway located Creekside still captures children’s imaginations. Run by the local Apex Club, it is available for special bookings and events.
The productive plains surrounding Jerilderie make a significant contribution to Australia’s fresh produce including Billabong Produce tomatoes and olives, rice, Bonic’s organic wines, cotton and cereal cropping. Transport, services, seasonal and permanent work, keep unemployment statistics low and living easy.
A local Visitor Information Centre at 63 Jerilderie Street is within the Sticky Fingers Candy Shop, where you can pick up a gelato or old fashioned sweet with your maps, information, or souvenirs.
Jerilderie has a fascinating history which combines the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang and also Australia's greatest military strategy, Sir John Monash.
The Ned Kelly Raid Trail
The Ned Kelly Raid Trail leads visitors around the various sites that Ned Kelly and his gang captured the town during the raid on Jerilderie in February 1879. During the raid the gang robbed the local bank of 2,000 pounds. Here, Ned gave his Jerilderie Letter to the bank's accountant for publication as well as printing in the Jerilderie Gazette. It outlined Kelly's defence of the Gang's actions at Stringybark Creek, but was not published until after Kelly's death. After Beechworth Victoria, Jerilderie has the most Kelly-related buildings and sites, including the Post and Telegraph Office which was disabled by the gang to prevent news of their robbery spreading. A walking "raid trail" map is available. Call into the Jerilderie Council office to pick one up. More information of Ned Kelly can be obtained by visiting the Ned Kelly Touring Route webpage or our Ned Kelly Connection pages.
Download a copy of the Ned Kelly Touring Route which explores the Kelly sites of Melbourne, North East Victoria and Southern NSW.
Steel Wings Windmill
Situated at Luke Park adjacent to Lake Jerilderie, this structure is truly a magnificent sight. Made in Sydney in 1909 -1910, the windmill was erected at Goolgumbla Station and used for stock and domestic supplies. Due to wind damage it was rendered unserviceable until a Local Restoration Committee resurrected it in its present position in 1979. It stands 50 feet (15.24 metres) tall, has a wheel diameter of 25 foot (7.62 metres) and a tail length of 24 foot (7.315 metres). Click here for more information.
The Jerilderie Railway Station was constructed in 1884 and represents a grand picture in the history of this transport facility. The station underwent repairs and improvements to coincide with the Centenary Celebrations in October 1984. It closed operations on the 9 February 1987. A project to renovate the station was undertaken by the Jerilderie Historical Society in conjunction with the Jerilderie Council in April 1993, and it was used for residential purposes for some years. In 2001 State Rail provided the funding and in conjunction with the Jerilderie Shire Council's Heritage Advisor, restored the building to its former glory. It's set amongst tall, shady gums, with a landscaped lawn. Please just view this station from the roadside as it's currently a private residence.
The Willows Homestead
This stately old homestead, once housed the Jerilderie Museum and Jerilderie Historical Society memorabilia. It began its life in 1884 as a flour mill when constructed for Thomas and George Wise. The first ton of wheat was delivered for milling during the week ending 8 March 1885. Later in the same year rail came to Jerilderie and then, with the town water supply available from 1894, Wise Bros relocated their flour milling operations onto railway land, connected by a spur line.
Utilising, in part, bricks from the chimney stack of the mill, the homestead was remodelled and occupied by Thomas Wise as his family residence until 1909. Between 1920 and 1959 the homestead was occupied by Dr Marcus Vicars Southey, DSO, as his residence and surgery.
The homestead became derelict until purchased by the NSW Land Department in August 1975 and dedicated as a Reserve for a Museum. Jerilderie Shire Council was appointed trustees, with the Historical Society responsible for its management. Click here for more information.
Post and Telegraph Office
During the Kelly Gang’s raid in 1879, the telegraph line was cut to prevent anyone from communication of the gang’s presence. The Post Office is currently only available for viewing externally. Located on Powell Street.
The Ned Kelly Blacksmith Shop
Step back in time and experience yesteryear, hear an eye-witness account of the raid on the Bank of New South Wales in Jerilderie by Ned Kelly and his gang, soak up the nostalgia of standing where the Kelly Gang's horses were shod in 'The Ned Kelly Blacksmith Shop'. A collection of Australiana, fishing and blacksmithing memorabilia, souvenirs and bric-a-brac are available. Open by appointment: 0428 861513, Powell Street Jerilderie
The Jerilderie Library is located at 41-43 Jerilderie Street and is a fantastic facility for all members of the community. The library was previously located at the Old Court House until the new library was built in its central location. The current library was opened on 15 April 2009 and has a combination of historic and modern influences. The building is a replica to the original “Banksi” home, which once stood at the site. Some of the material was recycled from the original building, including a front window, doors, a mantel piece and ceiling rose which is a feature in the “Banksi” room, named after the original building.
The construction of the new library also included engaging a local artist, Helene Mortlock, to design two glass panels to display at the entry to the Library. The panels illustrate some of Jerilderie's rich history and present day influences, and include photographs as well as Helene’s artistic drawing. The panels can be viewed during normal library opening hours.
The Old Printery Building
The restoration of this building was completed in 2012. This building housed the printing shop and office of the Jerilderie and Urana Gazette run by Mr Samuel Gill. On Monday 10 February 1879 Ned Kelly tried to find Mr Gill in order to have him print his “Jerilderie Letter”.
The Bolt Exhibition
“Doing the Bolt”, an exhibition of convicts and bushrangers, is housed in the Old Printery building. This exhibition is an extensive collection of exact replicas and originals including: storyboards and banners detailing the life of bushrangers and convicts, pistols and guns, a flag flown at the Eureka Rebellion, a cat'o'nine tails and whipping post, shackles and locks and much more. Inspection by appointment only. Contact the Jerilderie Council office on 03 5886 1200 to arrange a viewing time.
Flora Bank – Historic Home and Gardens (Previously known as Ye Olde Bank)
This grand building has been restored to its former glory with the interior designed and contents displayed just as they would have been in the 1800s. The building showcases an impressive collection of pieces from the Queen Victoria era. Guided tours are available for visitors to view this beautiful building and its immaculately presented garden and experience the charm and elegance of the Victorian era. Tours are available by appointment, contact Roy or Beth on 0499 849 320 or 0457 618 284. Group bookings are preferable. Open garden everyday unless inclement weather, September to June.
ART AND CULTURE
Be sure to stop into the Council Chambers in Jerilderie Street to view the the incredible mural gracing the walls fo the chamber. Meaning Coming Together, the mural measures a massive 8 metres by 4 metres in size. It was created for the 2000 Olympic Games to provide a visual welcome to visitors for peace and safe travel. It was hung in Parliament House during the Games. The painting depicts various Aboriginal design elements including the Eaglehawk, which is the Barundji/Barkindji totem. It also depicts a white feather to symbolise safe travel, which is also a Barundji/Barkindji belief. It was created by four Barundji/Barkindji artists: Elise Black, Gertrude Gittins, Eileen Ballangarry and Sos Hawkins. These women can trace their family back at least 700 years as direct matriarchal descendants of the tribe. Contact Tianni at the Jerilderie office for a viewing of this unique masterpiece and to learn more of its story.
NATURE AND LEISURE
Jerilderie Apex Mini Rail
The Jerilderie Apex Mini Rail is located over the bridge from Powell Street. The mini rail track is nestled amongst the Billabong Creek and provides an ideal location for an exciting experience for the children and the young at heart. Special bookings or enquiries phone: 0427 344 899. Please note closed shoes must be worn to ride the mini rail.
Horgan's Walk is an easy 10 minute walk along the banks of the Billabong Creek starting at Luke Park near Lake Jerilderie. Beginning at the Steel Wings in Luke Park, the walk passes many historic sites that are marked with signs giving a brief history of the area. It is also home to the Jerilderie Tidy Towns Bush Tucker Trail.
Lake Jerilderie and Luke Park
The lake was officially opened in February 1979, following its construction by a group of enthusiasts presently known as the Jerilderie Aquatic Club. The water area is 5.3 ha. and is used for water sports including skiing and enjoyed by recreationists and passing travellers.
Luke Park was developed by the Jerilderie Lions Club and provides pleasant recreation including barbecue and playground facilities in an enjoyable atmosphere. Luke Park is the gateway to the Mini Rail and Horgan's Walk.
Memorial Park and Garden
Memorial Park was completed in 2010 and is home to the Jerilderie Cenotaph. It is a peaceful site created to allow people to reflect and honour the fallen and those who served and continue to serve Australia in War. The park is also home to a Leopard tank, decommissioned and donated to the Jerilderie community and Jerilderie RSL Sub-Branch in 2010. A garden, established and maintained by the Jerilderie Public School and St Joseph’s Primary School, can also be enjoyed at this site.
Shopping and facilities
Browse through the various Bric-a Brac and specialty shops in Jerilderie to find some hidden treasures.
Anglican Church Second Hand Shop
Browse through this charity secondhand shop for some bargains and pre-loved treasures. Open Mondays and some other days.
Jerilderie IGA supermarket
Replenish your supplies, including meat from the in-house butcher.
Jerilderie Men’s Shed
The local Men’s Shed has a great collection of handmade timber items as well as pre loved furniture and custom made pieces. Open Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
For all your reading needs as well as stationery, toys and giftware, drop into the Jerilderie Newsagency for a look, open 7 days.
Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, the Jerilderie Pharmacy has a great range of gifts for children and adult alike, browse the unique collection of homewares, beauty products as well as jewellery and handbags to name a few.
Jerilderie Post Office
As well as all your postal services, the Jerilderie Post Office offers a range of locally made items as well as luggage, appliances and books.
A varied collection of vintage, antique and collector items, browse the huge assortment to find a treasure or two.
From books to clothes, furniture and home wares, this second hand store has it all. Open Mondays.
Jerilderie’s own St Vincent de Paul shop caters for everyone with a variety of second hand clothes, shoes and miscellaneous items. 36 Jerilderie Street.
Sticky-Fingers Candy Shop
At Sticky Fingers you’ll find all of the old fashion favourites including aniseed balls, Dutch licorice, sherbets, rock candy, and Choo Choo Bars along with speciality dark chocolates and the famous Melba’s Inch Licorice Block. Housed in a heritage listed building, the shop once served as a printery and later a barber shop. The story behind the building wouldn’t be complete without a Ned Kelly connection but you’ll have to ask Kathy about that one!
Location: 63 Jerilderie Street. Phone: 0448 878 597 Monday-Friday: 9 am-3 pm and Saturday-Sunday: 9 am-1 pm.
Download the Jerilderie Visitors Guide.
The Jerilderie Gold Cup races are held annually in September.
The League of the Silent Flight event for model gliders is held each June.
Murrumbidgee Council hosts the annual Monash Dinner to celebrate the town's famous son, Sir John Monash.
Playing and leisure
- Skiing on Lake Jerilderie is a favourite summer past-time for locals and visitors.
- Jerildrie has an excellent golf course located next to Billabong Creek. It’s home to the Jerilderie Sports Club, along with Lawn Bowls, Tennis and Club facilities.
- The community Gym and indoor facilities are located adjacent to the Sports Club, making it a one-stop-shop for sport and leisure.
- AFL football and netball are important to the life of Jerilderie and are played at Monash Park.
You'll find a great range of eateries and food outlets in Jerilderie. There's cafes, a bakery, great pub and club food, restaurants and roadhouse and service station facilities.
Jerilderie has a marvellous range of accommodation. Whether you're looking for a hotel or motel, a cosy little B&B, a caravan park and or backpacker accommodation, you'll find it in Jerilderie.