Nature lovers can explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and gorges of Horton Falls National Park, near Barraba. There are picnic and barbecue facilities, and several marked tracks for bushwalking.
Barraba Silo Mural (pictured, right)
Part of the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection, the Barraba Silo Art on Old Manilla Road depicts a local water diviner searching for groundwater and is a must see for those in the area.
Located 5 km north-east of Barraba, Adam’s Lookout offers excellent views over Barraba and is a pleasant place for a picnic.
Split Rock Dam
Split Rock Dam is a popular recreation destination near Tamworth, offering year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, birdwatchers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers.
Manilla Weir (pictured, below)
Located on Halls Creek Road, the Manilla Weir is a great place for a picnic, barbecue, or a spot of fishing.
Gunnedah is home to an ever-increasing Koala population, which gives visitors to the area the opportunity to see these Australian marsupials in their natural habitat.
Popular Koala hangouts include the river gums in Anzac Park, Porcupine Lookout, Gunnedah Golf Course, Stock Road walking/cycle way, TAFE Campus, PCYC and the western end of the Showground area near the Kennel Club grounds. Ask the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre Staff for today's Koala hotspots.
Inspired by Gunnedah's iconic landmarks and local heroes, you can spot 17 poems mounted on plaques at various locations around town.
Contact the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre for a full list of featured works.
Dorothea Mackellar Memorial
Dorothea Mackellar lived on a property local to Gunnedah from 1905 until the late 1930s, and her famous poem 'My Country' is thought to be inspired by the local countryside. While you're in Gunnedah enjoying the landscape that's behind one of Australia's most famous verses, you can visit this life-sized bronze statue of Dorothea. It's located in South Street opposite the Visitor Information Centre. The “talking rock” nearby tells the story behind the memorial and features Mackellar's voice reciting 'My Country'.
Located north-west of Gunnedah, Keepit is known for its water sports and fishing. Keepit is also home to Tolcumbah Lookout, just south of the dam wall, which provides excellent views of the wall, lake, and surrounding countryside. Entry is free to the dam grounds.
Nundle Woollen Mill*
Located in Oakenville Street in the historic village of Nundle, Nundle Woollen Mill is one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia. Guided tours are available Monday to Friday at 11am & 2pm. *Tours are $5 per head, but they offer a $5 voucher to spend in store, so the tour is effectively free of charge.
Hanging Rock Lookout (pictured, right)
Hanging Rock Lookout is a short 20-minute drive from Nundle, and you can enjoy a picnic nearby at the Log Cabin Picnic Area. The lookout offers spectacular views of the Peel Valley.
Located east of Hanging Rock, Sheba Dams is the perfect destination if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Sheba Dams provides a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon swim, bushwalk, or picnic.
Quipolly Dam Recreation Area & Bird Hide
The Quipolly Dam Recreation Area has all the ingredients for a lovely family picnic - with playground equipment, BBQ areas, and a picturesque view over New Quipolly Dam. The Bird Hide is located just down the road at Old Quipolly Dam, and is home to a wide variety of Australian animals - not just birds.
Who'd A Thought It Lookout
Who'd A Thought It Lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views from the Great Divide to the Breeza Plains. With a children's playground and tables and chairs for a picnic, a visit to Who'd A Thought It makes for a relaxing afternoon.
The Liverpool Plains have always been well known for their stunning sunflower crops, so this year they decided to kick it up a notch and turn it into a friendly competition. You can pick up a map of the Sunny-side Up Sunflower Trail at the Visitor Information Centre in Willow Tree and take a look at all of the entrants' sunflower gardens.
A local farmer on the Warrah Ridge Road has also planted a small crop of sunflowers just for visitors. You're allowed to get right up into the crop for that perfect Instagram photo opportunity, or even pick some flowers to take home! Just make sure to leave a donation in the box provided.
First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens
The First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens is a memorial to those who arrived in Botany Bay and shaped the future of Australia as we know it today.
Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum*
A must-see for history buffs, this award-winning monument and museum celebrates Werris Creek – the first railway town in New South Wales – and commemorates the men who lived and died working to build Australia’s railways. Located on Railway Parade in Werris Creek. *Admission is by gold coin donation.
Uralla Heritage Walk
A walk that showcases fifty heritage buildings and historical features within Uralla. A printed Heritage Walk guide is available from the Visitor Information Centre, which includes a map of the walk and a short history of each building. The Heritage Guide can also be viewed online and accompanied by the Soundtrail which will guide you along. Perfect for history buffs.
Uralla has experienced an explosion of the local fairy population in the area over the last year. While you're walking through the town, see if you can spot all the fairy doors! There are several to be found down the main street, and many more dotted across the entire township.
Thunderbolt’s Grave - Located in Uralla’s Pioneer Cemetery, this headstone was erected by residents of Uralla as a memorial to Captain Thunderbolt.
Thunderbolt's Rock - Originally known as Split Rock, this huge cluster of granite boulders is located 6km south of Uralla on the New England Highway. The rocks were infamously used by Captain Thunderbolt as a vantage point for detecting approaching mail coaches.
Thunderbolt Statue (pictured, left) - Found casting his steely gaze over Uralla’s main street, this life size statue of Captain Thunderbolt was produced as a Bicentennial project and designed and cast by sculptor, Denis Adams. It was unveiled with much pomp and ceremony in 1988.
Constable Walker Memorial Plaque - Sitting quietly a few metres east of Thunderbolt’s Statue, this often over-looked memorial was produced in 1970, at the time of the centenary of the death of Captain Thunderbolt and commemorates the bravery of Constable Walker.
Tamworth Regional Gallery
Open Tuesday to Sunday, the Tamworth Regional Gallery offers free admission and a rich cultural experience to all who visit.
National Guitar Museum
Featuring more than 45 guitars including Smoky Dawson's original riffle guitar from the 1950s, Brian May's (QUEEN) travelling guitar, and the two final customised guitars that belonged to Slim Dusty; along with guitars signed by the likes of Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and many more. The National Guitar Museum is a must-see for any music fan.
Tamworth Marsupial Park & Adventure Playground
Hand feed, walk and talk with native animals at this fun filled animal park. This well-tended bush oasis boasts a variety of native animals, a free flight aviary, bush walking tracks and the Adventure Playground.
The Adventure Playground is the perfect destination for those travelling with kids, with two glorious play areas and barbecue facilities available.
Tamworth Botanical Gardens
There’s a lot to see at the Tamworth Botanical Gardens in Piper Street, including the excellent lookout, the bush chapel, native gardens surrounding the ponds, and the new Asian garden. The gardens also feature an indoor exhibition space with Aboriginal artefacts. There are walking tracks, picnic areas, toilets and the park is wheelchair accessible.
The Big Golden Guitar (pictured, right)
Would any trip to Tamworth be complete without snapping a quick pic with our most famous monument? While you’re there, visit the friendly staff at Tamworth Visitor Information Centre to find out what else our region has to offer!