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Lookouts around Gunnedah

Apex Drive
Gunnedah NSW 2380

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Porcupine Lookout

The Aboriginal Kamilaroi Tribe called this hill 'Bindea' which translates to "the place where shrubs with leaves like a porcupine quill grow". The local tribes used Porcupine Lookout to hunt wallaby in the nearby "Wallaby Trap", a natural U shaped space which was surrounded by scrub and curved on to the Porcupine Range. Only natural grasses grew here, no trees or shrubs – making it the perfect hunting ground as it was impossible for the wallaby's to escape.

Porcupine lookout is two kilometers from town off Apex road and boasts panoramic views of Gunnedah and surrounding areas. The northern platform overlooks the town and beyond to the Nandewar Ranges more than 100 kilometers away. To the right are the hills of Kelvin and the Kelvin State Forest, with 'Nobby's Rock' being a notable feature that stands out in the afternoon sun. To the south is a panoramic view of the rich agricultural land of the Breeza and Pullaming plains – in times of flood this area presents a picture of a huge inland sea that can last for many days at a time.

Porcupine Lookout is ideally positioned to get a good view of the whole town and its surrounds. It's from here you appreciate just how flat this part of the world is particularly when compared to the Liverpool ranges in the distance. By day the sky will dazzle you with its blue intensity, and at night a million stars will blanket you.


Lloyd Road
Gunnedah NSW 2380

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Pensioners Lookout & Heritage Sculptures

The stones were erected by Rotary Club of Gunnedah West and the sculptures have been created by Carl Merten and Joan Relke to show some aspects of Gunnedah's rich cultural heritage. The following is a description on which each stone illustrates.

The Coal Miner:
This stone illustrates a coal miner labouring underground pushing a skip loaded with coal. Coal has been an integral part of the fabric of life in Gunnedah since 1880. The first mine was hauled by dray to the railhead. Coal mining has always been a tough industry. Gunnedah's underground miners laboured stoically, in terrible conditions, cramped and stifling, working with crude equipment.
On the other side is the Rainbow Serpent heading underground, where the energy of the sun has been stored in coal. A piece of coal in the shape of the sun radiates this heat and light trapped within. Often a symbol of the underworld, the serpend leads us from this stone to the next.

Pioneer Women:
The early settlers brought their wives and children to the Gunnedah district. The pioneering woman, as depicted on this stone, suffered great hardship, facing harsh environment, loneliness and isolation. Despite the social restrictions of their time, thay all left a lasting mark on the land.
The serpent continues on the back of this stone, forming the symbol for women. The overlapping gum leaves suggest a 'woman in the bush'. In many cultures the serpent has sybolised women and traits associated with women: fertility, rejuvination, sacred knowledge, and connection to the powers of nature through their ability to give birth to new life. Pioneer women brought these qualities to settled life in the bush.

The early settlers brought their flocks of sheep onto the rich grazing lands of the Liverpool Plains. Wheat became a major crop in the district with cattle replacing sheep as the dominant livestock. This sculpture illustrates this mix of agricultural enterprises.
The serpent theme enters this stone as the symbol of agricultural fertility. As an underground creature, its powers are asscoiated with the sprouting of new growth. Fertility combines the nutrients present in the earth with the energy of the sun, and here the serpent joins these two constitutes necessary for agricultural life. The serpent's back suggests the familiar hills surrounding the fertile Gunnedah plains.

Red Chief:
This is the most famous Aboriginal of the period before European settlement. He was the legendary chief, Cumbo Gunera, also known as the Red kangaroo. This stone also features a red kangaroo, a kookaburra, the Red Chief's shield and boomerangs, designed and carved with the help of Ron Long and Mick Horne, members of the local aboriginal community. A portraite of Bungaree can be seen in the lower left corner. In the centre of the shield is a symbol for the Place of White Stones, representing Gunnedah.
On the reverse side is the Dream Time story of how the Rainbow Serpent created the native animals from the colours of its skin. Here, the body and tail are depicted, with the Aboriginal symbol for water carved at the top of the stone.