Gundagai was a popular stopover for early settlers and the town is frequently mentioned in early Australian literature. Australian poet Jack Moses wrote the famous line “and the dog sat on the tuckerbox nine miles from Gundagai” although this was adapted from an earlier poem where “the dog shat on the tuckerbox five miles from Gundagai”. The early folk song Along the Road to Gundagai is almost as well known among Australians.
The town is best known for the Dog on the Tucker Box monument at Five Mile Creek, 8km north of town, and many people stop here for a bite to eat before continuing on. Gundagai is a nice place with some old historic buildings and there is definitely more to the town than the tacky monument and adjoining souvenir shop.