The peace and quiet, beautiful hills, and boutique businesses in and around Nundle often give visitors reason to lengthen their stay in this unique country NSW town. People turn off the New England Highway, intrigued by the many signs to Nundle between Wallabadah and Nemingha, and discover there is too much to do in a day.
Nundle and Hanging Rock have a small population (about 300 people) and traditionally punch above their weight when it comes to quintessential country hospitality, quirky events, and community services. The towns are just 10km, but a dramatic 600m elevation apart, creating extraordinary differences in climate, plantings, and landscape. Why not contact our Visitor Information Centre.
Top Five Experiences
1. A visit to the 184-hectare Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm, located high in the ranges at Hanging Rock, will show the diversity of the landscape. You can join a tour of the trout-growing ponds and see fish from fingerlings to harvest size, or do some catch-and-keep fishing in the farm dam. If the trout don’t jump on the hook, there’s always the farm shop. Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm is open three days a week. See www.rainbowtrout.com.au for recipe inspiration. Arc-en-ciel trout products are also available at Nundle Friendly Grocer, Café Nundle on the Park and on the menu at The Peel Inn.
2. Nundle Woollen Mill is a must-see attraction when you visit Nundle. Each year almost 25,000 visitors see the mill’s antique machinery at work. Also available is an exciting selection of hand knits and Australian-designed wool fashion. The famous Nundle socks are hard to pass up! If you have children play in the wool-themed architect-designed playground (beside the mill), including giant knitting needle swings and miniature shearing shed. Nundle Woollen Mill is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day). Entry is free, and guided group tours for community or educational groups can be arranged by appointment. Call 1300 NUNDLE (1300 686 353) or head to www.nundle.com
3. Hanging Rock Lookout is a short 20-minute drive from Nundle. The lookout offers spectacular views of the Peel Valley. With an elevation of 1100m, you might be lucky enough to experience a dusting of snow on the colder winter days.
4. Browse Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores for hard-to-find, traditional housewares. For antique lovers, Nundle Country Traders, Ratters Flat Antiques and Jenkins Street Antiques and Fine China are a must. For a unique range of gifts, Nundle Art Gallery, Volcania Art Glass, Sacs on Jenkins, Nundle Natural Skin Solutions, Cottage on the Hill and Nundle Craft will have you covered.
5. To learn about the region’s gold mining history, you can’t go past a visit to the Mount Misery Gold Mine Café’s recreated gold mine, Nundle Museum and Nundle Visitor Information Outlet and Gil Bennett Gem and Mineral Collection.
To explore Nundle - Hills of Gold further, visit the Nundle community website or pop in to the Nundle Visitor Information outlet at 103 Jenkins St Nundle.