Enjoy gem fossicking, visiting a gem museum, and bushwalking and birdwatching in picturesque nature reserves in Warialda, part of the beautiful New England region. Admire outdoor sculptures and relax on picnics in pretty landscapes. Cranky Rock Nature Reserve is popular for camping.
From gem fossicking to bushwalking, birdwatching and camping, Warialda is an enchanting town in the gemstone country of the beautiful New England region of NSW. On the Fossickers Way touring route, you can go fossicking in this wonderful area for sapphires and other gems as well as gold.
Pick up a fossicking map from the Warialda Visitor Information Centre and explore the fascinating attractions. Polish up your knowledge of rough, cut and polished gemstones at the Wells Gem and Mineral Collection in the tourist centre. The array of gems, minerals and shells is captivating.
You can take a self-guided tour of the town’s heritage buildings, such as 1880s-built Carinda House. A short drive away is the Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, where you’ll find galleries, intriguing outdoor sculptures as well as a gift shop. The natural beauty around Warialda is perfect for bushwalking, too.
Cranky Rock Nature Reserve features granite boulders balancing on the edge of pretty Reedy Creek. A picturesque sanctuary, Cranky Rock is popular for picnicking, hiking and camping. Koorilgur Nature Reserve is another haven where nature lovers will be delighted with the wildflowers and birdlife.
Getting to Warialda is easy, with the drive from Inverell 50 minutes and from Glen Innes 100 minutes. The nearest airport is Moree, where you can rent a car for the hour-long scenic drive. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Tamworth for a connecting bus to Warialda.