IT'S a stark contrast to two years ago, dry river beds now flowing with water, and an event that was forced to be cancelled now back bigger than ever.
Gunnedah residents flocked to Cushans Reserve on Tuesday morning to pick up the paddle again for the much-loved Raft and Craft Race.
It's an Australia Day tradition for the community which sees locals of all ages gather on the banks of the Namoi River to race their mates on hand-crafted rafts.
It was also a chance for Gunnedah locals to unite after what's been a tough year in so many ways.
While the river racers enjoyed the rapids locals came together in other fashions enjoying a citizenship ceremony under the gums at the Dorothea Mackellar Statue, a cake decorating competition, dog sprints and sporting events.
For those wanting to beat the heat, Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex was the place to be with free entry all day and vintage car display showcasing some of Gunnedah's finest vehicles.