Take the road less travelled.
Fossickers Way is a scenic drive that incorporates some of the most picturesque rural landscapes in NSW. From wooded hills to open, green pastures, dense bushland and fertile valleys, the journey covers more than 375km of true scenic wonder.
Less travelled than the major highways, the drive provides a more relaxed route through the New England region than the sometimes fast and congested Newell and New England Highways.
The drive starts at Nundle just off the New England Highway, then passes through Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba, Bingara, Warialda, Inverell, Glen Innes and finishes at Emmaville, where it rejoins the New England Highway. Sections of the drive can make for a fabulous day trip – particularly for families or those with adventure in mind.
Like its name suggests, Fossickers Way is renowned for the abundance of gold and gemstones that have been found in the region since the early 1850s. The area was the site of a gold and gemstone rush in the mid-1800s, which is thought to have begun in the Peel Valley. Today, there are plenty of opportunities for gold panning, with Fossickers Way providing some of the few areas in NSW where a licence is not required.
Each of the towns along Fossickers Way is steeped in history, and well worth a stop along the way. Take some time to see the historic remains of a mineshaft, visit a mining museum or meander through the streets to view some of the many heritage-listed buildings in the region. When you're ready to rest your fossicking legs, be sure to absorb the warm friendly atmosphere and delicious country delights found in the fabulous cafes and bakehouses in the region.
The drive may take a little longer than the highways, but for those who have the time, this scenic route truly offers a world of possibilities.