Get out of town and step back in time.
Located around 64km south-west of Tamworth – just 50 minutes along Werris Creek Road – Quirindi is a fabulous spot to explore, bursting as it is with history and natural beauty. Affectionately referred to by locals as the ‘sunny side of the divide’, this fascinating region is not to be overlooked, and makes for a wonderful day trip from Tamworth.
ON THE ROAD SOUTH
Your first stop on your drive south should be the Currabubula Pub and Café, situated 20 minutes from Tamworth in the Peel Range. Established in 1838 when it was known as ‘Travelers Rest Inn’, this charming pub is now a historic slice of Australiana, offering good coffee, counter meals and delicious cakes.
Rail enthusiasts will get a kick out of the next attraction on the road south: the multi-award winning Australian Railway monument and Rail Journeys Museum. Located in Werris Creek, Australia’s first railway town, the town dates back to 1877 and today is Australia’s third largest active railway station behind Sydney and Newcastle.
Also worth a visit in Werris Creek is Werris Creek Pharmacy and Gift Store, which houses a charming in-store café which was frequented by Angelina Jolie and her family while she was in town filming Unbroken. The café offers wonderful coffee, and delicious gelato.
Keep on heading south past the Werris Creek coal mine and you’ll reach Quipolly Dam, a serene and scenic spot for a picnic. Just ten minutes further and you’ll reach Quirindi, the heart of the Liverpool Plains region.
THINGS TO DO IN QUIRINDI
Quirindi is regarded as having some of the richest agricultural land in NSW, and if your visit happens to take place between December and March, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful blanket of colour as the region erupts in sunflower crops.
For some truly stunning views of the area, head on up to the ‘Who’d a Thought It Lookout’, where you’ll be treated to 360 degree views showcasing the crossing of the Great Dividing Range at Murrurundi, which was first discovered by European Henry Dangar in 1825.
On your way back down the hill, stop in at Bob’s Shed. This trip down memory lane allows you to experience an “Old Time General Store” stocked full of items from the 40s and 50s. Next door you will also find two entire rooms dedicated to the late Peter Brock.
At the bottom of the hill, take a right and drive 3km down the Kamilaroi Highway to the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village and Miniature Railway. The village offers a collection of artefacts showcasing the development of rural life in the Liverpool Plains from the 1800s to today, and is well worth a gender to understand the fascinating history of the region.
Before heading back to Tamworth, be sure to stop in at the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre in Quirindi. This lovely centre tells the story of the local indigenous Kamilaroi People through a beautiful display, "the Kamilaroi, a Highway a People".