Scenic drives around Tamworth
Explore the greater Tamworth area with a visit to the towns of Nundle
, Willow Tree
All less than 100 km from the country music capital of Australia, an easy day trip to a handful of charming hamlets.
Willow Tree day trips
Your first stop on your Willow Tree day trip should be the Liverpool Plains Visitors Information Centre, where the friendly staff can help you out with your itinerary. Pay a visit to the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens. Carved by stone mason Ray Collins, it includes the names of all those who came out to Australia on the first and second fleets from England. For a bite to eat and to refuel you on your journey, stop in at Graze Restaurant and Bistro located at the Willow Tree Inn, a lovingly restored building originally constructed in 1913. The menu here is seasonal, local and expertly recognised.
Nundle day trips
Venture just 60 km from Tamworth and you’ll find Nundle, a charming 1850s gold rush town at the beginning of the Fossickers’ Way Touring Route. Stop in at the Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores, and old-fashioned general store where you can pick up everything from local honey to homewares. At Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm, you can learn about fish farming. And at Hanging Rock, look out over the Tamworth region’s paddocks, vineyards and canola fields. For a great meal or a calming cup of tea before your next adventure, you can’t go past the historic Mount Misery Gold Mine Café.
Quirindi day trips
Some of the richest agricultural land in NSW can be found at Quirindi, known for its vast fields of sunflowers. Quirindi Rural Heritage Village and Miniature Railway is a must-see; preserving the history of the Liverpool Plains, it also features an HO gauge model railway which you can ride on the fourth Sunday of every month. You can also visit the Australian Rail Monument and Museum, the first and last railway town in NSW. Pop in to Bob’s Shed for a cuppa and a chat; its walls are adorned with an array of items from the 1940s and 50s, with a story behind each one. For a schooner of beer or a pub feed, check out Currabubula Pub & Cafe, which has been running since 1838.
Uralla day trips
With its idyllic setting and rich local history, the classic Australian country town of Uralla is well worth a visit. Start with the Uralla Heritage Walk, a 2-hour self-guided walk showcasing more than 50 historical features of the town. A visit to the grave of the infamous bushranger, ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ is another must-do, and you can also pan for gold at the Wooldridge Recreation and Fossicking Reserve. For nature lovers, there’s bird watching at Dangars Lagoon and Racecourse Lagoon, with a wide variety of waterbirds and endangered species. And for fabulous local beers, wines and spirits, head to Eastview Estate at Dobson's Distillery.