Explore the countryside with a day trip to charming Willow Tree.
Located between Murrurundi and Quirindi, about 74km south of Tamworth, Willow Tree is a charming country town originally settled in the mid-19th century. Willow Tree is a nature lovers dream – located close to the Wallabadah Nature Reserve and Ben Halls Gap National Park – but also for those interested in indigenous history. The ‘Kamilaroi Highway: A People’ display at the Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history and heritage of the local Kamilaroi Aboriginal people. Additionally, the display marks the beginning of the Kamilaroi Highway story, which continues all the way to Bourke.
No trip to Willow Tree is complete without a meal at Graze Restaurant, recently awarded ‘Best Country Restaurant’ by the Australian Hotels Association. Housed in a lovely heritage building, the restaurant offers a range of dining options, from a casual meal at the bar to a family friendly feast in the bistro, to a more formal dining experience in the restaurant.
Heading back towards Tamworth, stop in at the First Fleet Memorial Gardens in Wallabadah. The beautiful gardens are dedicated to the sailors, marines, spouses, children, convicts and freemen of the First and Second Fleets, and consists of 11 circular gardens, representing the 11 ships of the First Fleet. Each garden is connected by a cobblestone path, which is inlaid with the names of those who served on the ships. Two additional gardens featuring stone tablets represent the Second Fleet.
Continue on back to Tamworth as the sun sets, and experience firsthand the beautiful dusk skies of North West NSW.