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Heritage walks, tree-lined streetscape, and the cleanest toilets in NSW await visitors to the historic township of Jerilderie. Established in 1859, Jerilderie is nestled on the banks of Australia’s, and reputedly the World’s, longest creek. Billabong Creek wends its’ way through Jerilderie and 321kms 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 is the start of The Kidman Way, a 644km stretch of road where caravaners and campers can Backtrack to the Outback. It’s a ‘Bucket List’ journey via Coleambally, Darlington Point, through Griffith, and onto Bourke. The Kidman Way joins with Queensland’s Matilda Highway, taking the adventurous traveller a further 1812kms 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 caravaners visit the quaint and safe township of Jerilderie each day. Nothing quite 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 citizen’s 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.
Jerilderie has much to entice the ‘tree-changer’. Services, include pre and primary schools, medical facilities, pharmacy, supermarket and sporting precincts offering football, netball, tennis through to bowls. Lower cost of living and laid-back lifestyle in an unspoiled country location are just some of the Jerilderie advantages. Wunnamurra Estate offers a ‘treechange for small change’ in a majestic creek-side location. The earlier learnings from the Ned Kelly experience still resonate. With Outback adventure on the doorstep, the security of the small community keeps homes and assets safe when wanderlust strikes.
Not a day passes where picturesque Lake Jerilderie is not enjoyed by locals or visitors stretching 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.
- Adjacent to NSW’s cleanest Toilet Block, the Jerilderie Bakery is a ‘must stop’ for coffee, cakes, a selection of delicious pies and fresh baked bread. Sticky Fingers lolly shop is adjacent.
- Authenticity marks the hotel style meals and accommodation on the historic Jerilderie main street.Charge your glass and down some food with the locals at the Jerilderie Hotel; grab a traditional pub meal and enjoy the welcome at The Colony Hotel, or opt for a Ned Kelly experience without the robbery, in the restaurant and bar of the historic Royal Mail Hotel.
- The Jerilderie Sports Club offers food and bar service, with the restaurant serving value for money country-style Chinese meals seven days a week. It is consistently good.
- The Jerilderie IGA supermarket offers opportunity to replenish your supplies including an in-house butcher.
- Skiing on Lake Jerilderie is a favourite summer past-time for locals and visitors.
- Golfing escapes are assured with excellent greens situated adjacent 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.
- Football and Netball are important to the life of Jerilderie and are located on Monash Park
- The Jerilderie Race Track provides an Annual Cup and venue for various events, including the League of Silent Flight event in June for model gliders.
Visiting Working Staying
- The three Hotels and the Sports Club are a hub for locals and visitors to meet and relax .
- Three motels and Bed n Breakfasts, range from budget to the understated luxe of Fairways, providing options and price-points for the seasonal worker, traveller or visitor.
- The well-appointed and conveniently located Jerilderie caravan park has Motel and Cabin accommodation, offering a restful overnight stay through to a complete break in lovely surrounds.
- Free Camping and Dump Points make Jerilderie a safe and comfortable place to break the Newell or Kidman Way journey. An overnight stay provides opportunity to soak up the heritage and relax.
- A Hospital, Private Practice, Pharmacy and Ambulance Station ensure your health needs are met.
- A pre-school/community centre, Balmeringa units for the aged, two primary schools, police station give regional amenity in a rural setting.