Arts, culture and heritage in Nundle
The gold rushes of the 1850s brought people to Nundle from all over the world. Today, a plaque in the grounds of the Nundle Museum honours the miners, market gardeners and storekeepers who lived and worked here.
The village of Nundle lies 60km southeast of Tamworth, at the start of the Fossickers Way Touring Route. The drive there takes you through fertile river-flat farms and rich grazing lands of Country NSW.
From the 1850s to the 1880s, many joined the rush to local gold diggings, including Chinese migrants who worked as miners, storekeepers and gardeners. Today, the annual Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Festival, which takes place over Easter, celebrates their contribution to Nundle's heritage.
Around Nundle, you'll find other reminders of its fossicking past. Do some fossicking yourself, or admire the sparkling gems and minerals on display at the Nundle Visitor Information Centre. The Nundle Art Gallery is just across the road, and nearby Volcania Art Glass has a range of handmade art glass, leadlights, and stained glass for sale.
Visit the Nundle Woollen Mill, one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia, and buy colourful knits, or check out homewares at Odgers and McClelland, a beautifully preserved 19th-century general store. While you’re there, pop in to Sacs On Jenkins and Jenkins Street Antiques and Fine China for an afternoon of browsing.
For a bite to eat, grab a table at the Peel Inn, with its traditional pub grub, great beer garden, and friendly service. You can also grab coffee and cake at the Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe and Museum, or stock up on fresh veggies and homemade cakes and pies at Nundle Craft Co-operative. At Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm, learn about trout farming and taste delicious local wines and smoked meats.
Don't forget to check the events calendar before you leave and be sure to explore further afield in the Tamworth area.