Tamworth, New South Wales
Explore the idyllic inland region of New England North West.
By Jessica Blanche Parish
New England North West hosts a number of picturesque towns, cities and national parks. From the quaint town of Nundle to the historic Uralla, there are a multitude of activities to be experienced.
Often only considered for the Tamworth Country Music Festival held annually in January, Tamworth is an underrated gem. It’s a bustling regional city with a population of around 60,000 - the perfect base for any trip when exploring the New England North West region.
A stroll along the Peel River walkway is a nice serene way to start the morning. Be sure to visit the Oxley Lookout, hike the Kamilaroi Walking Track on Flagstaff Mountain, visit the free Tamworth Marsupial Park, and try the wonderful restaurants. I highly recommend The Pig & Tinder Box, which is one of the first pubs in the region.
Nundle, New South Wales
Located around 50 kilometres south-east of Tamworth, Nundle is a town with a population of around 200 people. Founded in 1885, it’s been a heaven for fossickers who look for gold and sapphire in the Peel River that runs through the town. Fossicking is still very popular around Nundle State Forest and Hanging Rock State Forest where you can even explore some old gold mines. Nundle Woollen Mill is another popular attraction. Running since 2001, the mill is open to the public and hosts a number of fine wares and a range of designer wool products.
The Fossickers Tourist Park is well situated on the beautiful Peel River bank, with lots of accommodation options available. However, you should try camping at Ponderosa or Sheba Dam for the real Nundle experience. Be sure to visit The Peel Inn for lunch, have fish at the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm, and explore the Nundle State Forest with your mountain bike, trail bike or 4WD.
Uralla, New South Wales
Also located on the historic Fossickers Way is Uralla. Uralla is about 30 kilometres south of Armidale via New England Highway, and has a wonderful bunch of shops and cafés. On your way there, keep an eye out for wild apple trees along the highway.
Uralla boasts a number of museums, distilleries and breweries. Several markets take place throughout the year: you will find a number of quality stalls that rival designer wear and great food. My top recommendation for Uralla is The Alternate Root café. Renovated from a 1900s historic building, The Alternate Root is a large, rustic space serving tasty coffee and delicious meals.
Apsley Falls, Walcha, New South Wales
The Apsley Falls are situated approximately 20kms east of Walcha, New South Wales. An easy walk and also easily accessible for those with mobility issues, there are a number of viewing options for observing these spectacular waterfalls. The Apsley Falls are a part of Oxley National Park and are well serviced with toilets on site. There are two waterfalls at Apsley Falls - a lower drop and upper drop. There is also a campsite nearby if you wanted to stay a night.
Keep driving for another few kilometres and you'll find the Tia Falls which is less well known and also makes a fantastic camping spot.
Quirindi, New South Wales
The sunflower fields bloom between late December and late March, and sometimes twice per season if you’re lucky. The fields are located in Quirindi and Inverell. To locate the ones in Quirindi, contact the Liverpool Plains Info Centre (link below). The centre will add you to their update list and let you know where and when the flowers are blooming.
As for the sunflower fields in the far north, they are located on Gwydir Highway, between Inverell and Glen Innes but closer to Glen Innes. They rest along the highway and are easily accessible by car.
WARRABAH CAMPGROUND AND PICNIC AREA
Warrabah Campground and Picnic Area, Namoi River, New South Wales
Accessible only by 4WD or a high-clearance 2WD, Warrabah picnic and campground area is perfect for a hot summer’s day. About two hours from Tamworth, you head toward Manilla and take a turn off just out of town toward Warrabah National Park.
It’s a picturesque drive through farmland alongside Namoi River. There are some small rapids in the water at the first picnic area. Take a short drive further along to Gum Hole and you’ll find a calm, large watering hole filled with fresh water.
This article originally appeared on Townske.
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