A small Castlereagh Highway town with a name that rolls melodically from the throat of a didgeridoo, Gulargambone services the needs of district wheat farmers and graziers.
The Castlereagh, known to the locals as the upside-down river on account of the fact that water as often as not flows under than over its sandy bed, sweeps round Gulargambone, which is within an hour’s drive of the Warrumbungle National Park.
Perched on the western slopes of the Great Divide, this national park defines the line where the western plains meet the moist eastern landscape. The meeting produces high, gum-draped peaks and lower forests of fragrant native trees and shrubs. The park is at its best in spring when Major Mitchell cockatoos flit through the wildflowers.
The regional tracts of the Pilliga Scrub are significant producers of cypress pine which is processed in the local Gular Mill. The pine is also the basic material used in a town workshop where up to 60 local Aborigines at a time are trained in the art of timber furniture-making.
The town is a major producer of yabbies, or freshwater crayfish. Gular Crays, in fact, breed and sell more than a million yabbies a year.