Gwabegar is pronounced Wobby-gar. National Party Leader, Barnaby Joyce, bought marginal grazing country in 2006 and again in 2008 near Gwabegar, 30km south of Pilliga on the Baradine Road. Despite a close friendship with John Anderson, Joyce told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2013 that he had no idea Eastern Star Gas (now Santos) had a petroleum exploration licence over his properties there.