Get a taste for Warren without breaking the bank.
The lively, rural town of Warren provides travellers with an opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy the country lifestyle, while experiencing a variety of activities that showcase the natural beauty of the region.
Here are six fantastic attractions to enjoy in Warren that won’t cost you a cent.
BIRD WATCHING AT TIGER BAY WETLANDS
Home to an abundance of native birds and aquatic flora is the natural overflow of Macquarie River known as Tiger Bay Wetlands.
Over 227 uniquely beautiful bird species reside in the area, making it an attractive destination for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. A scenic walking trail winds around the wetlands area, allowing visitors to observe the wildlife while appreciating the serenity of the natural environment.
The wetlands are located on the outskirts of the town, with the convenience of off-road parking. The best views are achieved with binoculars from the levee bank on the town side of the park, which can be accessed via Coonamble Rd.
RED RIVER GUM WALK
A perfect way to explore the quiet country township of Warren, the Red River Gum Walk takes you on an historical self-guided tour that follows the riverbank around to a majestic, 500 year old river gum.
Beside the ancient tree is the Warren Hole, a natural and permanent waterhole that was once filled with swimmers happily splashing in its depths and fisherman hoping for a catch.
Downstream is the site of the first European river crossing, a place where livestock and wagons crossed on a gravel bar when the water was low enough. This was used until the first bridge was constructed in 1875.
The first European residence on the future town site, a humble hut, was built in 1845. These days the site is occupied by the Bowling Clubhouse. A small police station temporarily existed as a way to provide security to the new settlers who were afraid of the Aboriginal habitants; however since there were no disturbances, the station soon moved on.
The Red River Gum Walk is a combination of relaxation and learning, and at no cost, is a worthwhile addition to the itinerary.
HERITAGE WALKING TOURS
For an insight into the fascinating history of this unique town, the Warren Historical and Family History Society runs free walking tours that promise to enlighten and educate first time visitors.
Including visits to historic buildings, the tour also provides participants with exclusive stories and facts that are otherwise hidden away in history’s pages.
Tours are booked by appointment, and can be organised through the Warren Visitor Information Centre. For those preferring to complete the tour in their own time, self-guided tours can be taken using the guidebook available from the Information Centre.
PARKS AND GARDENS ON THE MACQUARIE RIVER
The beautiful, serene atmosphere of the parks and gardens along the Macquarie River makes them the perfect spot for relaxation and reflection.
There are many places to stop and spend a quiet moment, including Oxley, Ebert, Orchid Street and Lions Park. Macquarie Park is particularly beautiful, and sits on the banks of the river, off Burton Street.
A carpet of lush, green grass provides an ideal place for a picnic and large trees create shady areas to protect from the sun’s glare. There are also picnic tables and a children’s playground to keep them entertained.
The park has English-style, formal gardens and a monument in honour of John Oxley and Charles Sturt, who mapped out the course of the Macquarie River early in the 19th century.
Spectacular sunsets of brilliant reds and oranges are a truly beautiful vision of an evening, and hundreds of galahs come to roost in the red gums to enjoy nature’s show.
FLORA AND FAUNA AT THE MACQUARIE MARSHES
One of the largest semi-permanent wetlands in south eastern Australia, the Macquarie Marshes are located around 100km north of Warren and are undoubtedly the most significant wetland complex in the Shire.
Home to over 200 migratory and Australian bird species, the marshes are a sanctuary for wildlife. They boast a wide variety of habitat and vegetation, including lingering red river gum forest and woodland, mixed grassland and shallow lagoons, and when the waters of the Macquarie River flood after heavy rains, the marshes create superb water-bird habitats. These times of year are fantastic for bird watching, when you can identify many different species including cormorants, herons, ibises and spoonbills.
The Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve is surrounded by private land and is not generally accessible to the public; however, there are a number of ways that visitors can explore the Marshes. Driving along the Gibson Way provides a good introduction to the Macquarie Marshes, and there is also an observation platform along Gibson Way near the Terrigal Creek. It is also possible to take part in organised tours through New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.
As quintessentially Australian as the kangaroo, country pubs have an important place within all regional towns across New South Wales. Apart from serving icy-cold beers on a hot day, the pubs in and around Warren exude a friendly and social atmosphere and deliver nothing less than good, old fashioned country hospitality.
Only a short 15 minute drive from the town centre is the well-known and much loved Nevertire Hotel. With no bookings necessary, the Nevertire Hotel offers beverages and a bistro menu, and holds functions such as weddings or birthdays. Local musicians perform easy-listening music at the venue to provide some country entertainment.
A bit further out of Warren is the Collie Hotel. Located 30 minutes from town, the Collie hotel is a large and versatile function venue, with indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Catering for a wide range of events, there is also accommodation available if patrons wish to stay, and of course delicious pub meals from their restaurant.