Discover Tambar Springs

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Diprotodon Drive

The village of Tambar Springs lies on the main link road between the Oxley Highway and the Golden Highway, situated in the Gunnedah Shire (only a 65km scenic drive from Gunnedah) and is in the North West Slopes region of NSW.

The community is a rural based commmunity with wheat, beef and sheep being the major industry of the district. Tambar Springs was opened up for grazing in the 1830s. Closer settlement began in 1868 and the village was proclaimed twenty years later in 1888.The mountain and attendant town of Tambar Springs share a nook in the beautiful and ancient Warrumbungle Range country, which delivers some of the best high-country scenery in Australia. Tambar Springs has a police station, public school, cemetary, general store, hotel/accommodation, post office, service station, and community health centre.

Tambar Springs claims to have the earliest memorial to World War I servicemen in Australia. The memorial was erected in December 1918. In addition, Tambar Springs also had the largest number of men per capita enlisted in the army in the commonwealth, over both world wars. The war memorial at Tambar Springs has stone columns with marble name plaques and iron gates with arch displaying the words 'Lest We Forget', and also features an obelisk of Italian marble surmounted by a well executed marble sculpture of a youthful soldier, possibly chosen as a result of the principal benefactor having lost a son at the age of 17.

The discovery of Diprotodon Optatum, the largest known marsupial, was made in 1979 at Tambar Springs and is on display at the Coonabarabran Visitor information Centre. This species of Australian megafauna would have roamed the earth between one million and 20,000 years ago with this particular specimen being dated approximately 33,500 years old. The Diprotodon is owned by the Australian Museum, but on permanent loan to Warrumbungle Shire Council.

To rest your weary bones- stop in at the Royal Hotel for one of the best shandys you'll find, say hello to 'Troubles' the dog and sit back on the veranda to soak up the scenery. This friendly country pub offers bed and breakfast facilities in standard guest rooms with meals available. Tarriff: single $20, double $35.

Royal Hotel
Tamba Street
(02) 67442396

Progress Association
Robyn Styles - President
0457 218 859


Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat and Sun: 10am - 3pm

83 Chandos Street, Gunnedah, NSW 2380

02 6740 2230 | 1800 KOALAS





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