New England & North Western NSW

New England & North Western NSW

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Major Destinations

Armidale is ideally located on the New England Highway midway between Brisbane and Sydney, offering a sophisticated country experience and the perfect base from which to explore nature’s wonderland of World Heritage listed national parks which feature wonderful waterfalls, brilliant bush walking, scintillating swimming, awesome abseiling and mad mountain-biking. Armidale is a shopper’s haven with a vibrant and bustling shopping precinct.

Take a stroll or get on your bike and follow the extensive cycle ways which leads to the university grounds from the town centre. Gara Gorge is a popular picnic spot well known for its scenic bush strolls and swimming holes.

Armidale is a Community Recreational Vehicle (RV) friendly town.

Things to See & Do

  • New England National Park
  • New England Regional Art Museum
  • Cathedral Rock National Park

Boggabri is a small town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. It is part of Narrabri Shire and lies between Gunnedah and Narrabri on the Kamilaroi Highway.

Boggabri is situated on the southern edge of the Nandewar Ranges and the scenery in this part of the Shire is breathtaking. Amazing rock formations such as Gin’s Leap and the spectacular Dripping Rock are only a short drive from the town centre.

Things to See & Do

  • Gin’s Leap
  • Dripping Rock

Coonabarabran is the closest town to the craggy peaks and spires of the Warrumbungle Ranges.

Warrumbungle National Park is popular for bush walking, camping and encountering wildlife amid breathtaking scenery.

Things to See & Do

  • Warrumbungle National Park
  • Siding Spring Observatory
  • World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive
  • Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition
  • Pilliga Forest

Nestled in a picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River, 593 km north of Sydney, historic Inverell is surrounded by gemstone country. Inverell and surrounds supply 80% of the world’s sapphires, hence the name “Sapphire City”. It’s the ideal place to try your hand at fossicking and to see how precious stones are processed.

Things to See & Do

  • Fossicking
  • Food & Wine

Lake Keepit Holiday and Recreation Park is located about 40 minutes from Tamworth and around 25 minutes from Gunnedah. Situated on the banks of Keepit Dam which at maximum capacity holds around 425,510 megalitres of water (about two thirds the size of Sydney Harbour), the Park offers prime boating, fishing, sailing, waterskiing and water sports space.

Lake Keepit is a unique holiday destination for the whole family. Enjoy BBQs and picnics; let the kids tire themselves out on the BMX bike track, tennis courts, skate bowl, Water Park and playgrounds. For something different why not have a go at gliding and take a joy flight with the resident soaring club.

Things to See & Do

  • Lake Keepit

Moree is a dynamic spa city situated on the beautiful plains of Northern NSW which is recognised worldwide for the healing powers of our Famous Mineral Spa Waters.

Stroll down tree-lined Frome Street for a glimpse at some of the historic buildings of the town and Jellicoe and Kirkby Parks are a spectacular sight in late spring when purple jacaranda flowers and white to rose pink Bauhinia blossoms line the area.

Or relax and rejuvenate in the simmering beauty of ancient, mineral rich and deeply naturopathic artesian springs.

Things to See & Do

  • Artesian Hot Spa & Cold Pools
  • Pecan Nut Farm
  • Moree Heritage and Art Deco Walking Tour

Famous for its high-quality cotton, wheat and crops, Narrabri is situated at the foot of the Nandewar ranges and is a strong agricultural area.

For a lazy afternoon, pack a picnic lunch and sit on the banks of the Namoi River which runs through the centre of town. Or there is also a Lake in the western area of town which is surrounded by parkland which is ideal for a peaceful stroll to take in the natural surrounds.

Nosh on the Namoi is an annual food and wine festival held during March in Narrabri. Held on the banks of the Namoi River behind The Crossing Theatre, the festival has enjoyed enormous success since its inception in 2003. Nosh showcases a wide variety of local produce and is the perfect opportunity to savour the fruits of this rich agricultural region.

Narrabri is a Community Recreational Vehicle (RV) friendly town.

Things to See & Do

  • CSIRO Australia Telescope
  • Pillaga Artesian Bore Baths
  • Sawn Rocks
  • Nosh on the Namoi (March)

Nestled in the ‘Hills of Gold’, 45 minutes east of Tamworth, is the historic village of Nundle.

Built on the rich Peel River in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range this stylish country town is truly magical. Between the 1850’s and the 1880’s thousands of people came to the then called ‘Peel River Diggings’ to seek their fortune. Miners and their families formed communities at Nundle, Happy Valley, Hanging Rock, and Bowling Alley Point and pastoralists built thriving agricultural enterprises on the rich fertile soil.

Gold, sapphire, green crystal and jasper can still be found in creek and river beds and visitors are welcome to try their hand at fossicking at many sites in and around Nundle.

Things to See & Do

  • Wool Mill
  • Chaffey Dam
  • Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm
  • Go for Gold Chinese Festival (April)
  • Great Nundle Dog Race (May)

Tamworth is a vibrant, friendly and fuss free city that is considered the country music capital of Australia for its annual Country Music Festival. With a rich music heritage, no visit to Tamworth is complete without a viewing the ‘Walk a Country Mile’ centre.

Tamworth is a beautiful, vibrant and prosperous regional city with wonderful fresh produce supplied by local growers, market gardeners and hydroponic farms and a must to try.

Things to See & Do

  • Weswal Gallery
  • Calala Cottage
  • The Powerstation Museum
  • Endeavour & Oxley Park (includes a marsupial park)
  • Australian Country Music Hall of Fame Museum
  • Regional Craft Centre
  • Big Golden Guitar
  • Tamworth Country Music Festival (January)

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Armidale Food & Wine Museum
  • Bingara Historical Society Museum
  • Coonabarabran Siding Spring Observatory
  • CSIRO Australia Telescope
  • Gunnedah Porcupine Lookout
  • Inverell Fossicking
  • Nundle Wool Mill
  • Pillaga Artesian Bore Baths
  • Sawn Rocks
  • Tamworth Regional Gallery
  • Three Creeks Tourist Goldmine
  • Walk a Country Mile Museum Big Golden Guitar

Touring Routes

The 191 kilometre Waterfall Way scenic drive from Coffs Harbour to Armidale. This spectacular drive has been voted the third most scenic in Australia and encompasses several national parks, waterfalls and quirky townships.  More information

This 600km journey begins just across the Great Dividing Range at Willow Tree before following the course of the Namoi River as it makes its way toward the Darling River then onto Bourke, travelling through many attractive towns.  More information

An alternative route between Sydney and Brisbane, the Fossickers Way is a quiet, leisurely scenic drive providing fully sealed roads for easy driving. It is an exciting and different drive which takes you through one of the richest gem areas in Australia. More information