In 2002, the Gulargambone community bought a dilapidated building in the main street to set up a tourist information centre. The building was repaired, renovated and painted during several working bees involving a wide cross-section of the community, including many children. The Tuscan-influenced colours have brought a new lease of life to our main street and the adjoining block has been transformed into an attractive courtyard.
Named after Gulargambone’s postcode, two eight two eight has grown to be more than just a tourist information centre and now boasts a multi-faceted facility including a cafe where the volunteer cooks prepare fresh scones, cakes and meals daily using locally grown produce wherever possible, including home-made relish, lemon butter, salad dressings, eggs, fruit, vegetables and herbs, and they serve it with Vittoria coffee.
Additional highlights during the last ten years include: employment of a part-time Executive Officer (2007); installation of a commercial kitchen (2008); accreditation as Level 3 Visitor Information Centre (2009) and the development of a new Strategic Plan (2009). However, one of their proudest achievements has been the establishment of two Indigenous Student Traineeships in Hospitality and Tourism with boys from the local central school.
Winners of the Specialised Tourism Services category at the 2012 Inland NSW Tourism Awards in Mudgee, two eight two eight recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Over 200 volunteers have been involved with the project since the beginning and all profits are invested back into the community.