Begin your adventure on the banks of Billabong Creek of the foreshore of Lake Jerilderie with a tour – the Ned Kelly Raid Trail of 1879 – and discover how Kelly held up the town. With a bounty on his head, he boldly relieved the Jerilderie Bank of £2000 during his raid on the town in 1879. Over a three day period Ned and the Kelly Gang chopped down telegraph poles, locked the police in their cells, burned mortgages held in the bank’s safe and kept more than 30 hostages entertained by shouting the bar.

The main purpose of Ned Kelly’s visit to Jerilderie was to have his manifesto published; now known as The Jerilderie Letter, it outlined his thoughts about being forced into becoming an outlaw and called for the resignation of a corrupt police force that he believed preyed upon Irish Catholic settlers. The 8000 word long letter didn’t surface until 100 years after the event.

This self-guided tour can be taken at any time and maps and information can be found at the Visitor Information Centre.