Soak up the scenery on a day trip from Tamworth.
Located just 40 minutes from Tamworth, Nundle is a small village with a big heart. A drive here makes for a wonderful day trip, with this town boasting much in the way of food, history and mountain fresh air!
ON THE WAY TO NUNDLE
As you head toward Nundle along Nundle Road, take a gander at the small villages of Piallamore, Dungowan and Woolomin spotted along the Peel River. You will also have the chance to stop in at Chaffey Dam, one of Tamworth’s main water sources, where you can head to the lookout above the unique Morning Glory spillway for a scenic photo-op. Jump back in the car and continue the rest of the way to historic Nundle through undulating green hills. You’ll know you’ve arrived when colourful trees line both sides of the road and the white picket fence of the Nundle Recreation Ground – home to the Great Nundle Dog Race and Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival – comes into view.
Your first stop should be the Nundle Tourist Information Centre, where you can view the Gil Bennet Rock, Mineral and Gem Collection. Gil Bennet was a former Tamworth local who spent over 20 years building this unique and rare collection of minerals, oddities, spheres, petrified woods, quartz, agates, jasper, gypsum, calcite and aragonite. The display is available for viewing between 9am and 4pm daily (except Christmas Day).
A visit to Nundle Art Gallery is a must, with this fantastic gallery housing a collection of art works from local artists, as well as having a large range of handmade art glass, leadlights and stained glass for sale. You can even take a leadlight introduction workshop with owners Mark and Linda Floyd.
Around the corner from the Nundle Art Gallery is the Nundle Woollen Mill, one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia. The mill provides a fascinating insight into wool processing, with tours operating for a fee of $3.
Further along the street is the Mount Misery Gold Mine Café and Museum. Despite the name, this café and museum is a charming spot, serving delicious coffee and tasty treats, while also offering an interesting look into the region’s gold mining history.
Next, head on up to the Hanging Rock Lookout, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Nundle Valley. In winter time, the snow that settles on the ground gives the valley a picture perfect quality, so be sure to bring your camera!
Keep on heading up Morrison’s Gap Road to Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm, located 1200m above sea level. The farm produces highly acclaimed and award winning trout, which can be enjoyed on the property’s serene deck with a glass or two of local wine. For those who are interested, you can even have a go at fishing for trout yourself in the stocked farm dam, or take a tour of the farm with owners Russ and Meg Sydenham. Don’t forget to purchase some of their fantastic smoked meats and trout products before you leave.
If you’re still hungry, head back to town and stop in at the historic Peel Inn. Voted as having one of the best beer gardens in Australia, it’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy a pint, and savour a quality country pub feed.
Before heading back to Tamworth, browse through the range of quirky shops along the main street, including Sacs On Jenkins, Odgers and McClellend Exchange Store, and Jenkins Street Antiques and Fine China. Or better yet, spend the night in one of Nundle’s charming accommodation providers, such as the Fossickers Tourist Park, Birches Bed and Breakfast, Gold Mine Guesthouse and Jenkins Street Cottage.