Chaffey Dam provides valuable public recreation in an attractive setting in the Peel Valley. Water sports such as swimming, sailing, boating and fishing are popular activities on the lake. There are beautiful parks...
If it’s a quintessential country experience you are looking for then you can go no further than a visit to Nundle, a small village big on heart, only 40 minutes from Tamworth. Along the way you'll take in breathtaking views around Chaffey Dam, discover local works of art and visit historic sites such as the Nundle Woollen Mill and the Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe and Museum.
As you head toward Nundle on Nundle Road, enjoy the scenic beauty of the small villages of Piallamore, Dungowan and Woolomin along the Peel River. As you continue along the road you’ll soon come across one of Tamworth’s main water supply sources, Chaffey Dam. Pull over and take in the breathtaking view of the dam from the lookout above the unique Morning Glory spillway, or continue on your way, through the undulating green hills, beautiful trees and parks and into the historic mining village of Nundle.
Head to the Nundle Tourist Information Centre to check out the Gil Bennet Rock, Mineral and Gem Collection. Gil Bennet was a former Tamworth local who spent over 20 years building this unique and rare collection of minerals, oddities, spheres, petrified woods, quartz, agates, jasper, gypsum, calcite and aragonite. The display is available for viewing between 9am and 4pm daily (except Christmas Day).
Across the road you’ll find the Nundle Art Gallery, a collection of art works from local artists on display and sale, and Volcania Art Glass home to a large range of handmade art glass, leadlights, and stained glass for sale. The owners Mark and Linda Floyd also conduct introduction to leadlight workshops at a time suitable for you, so make sure to book ahead if you’re interested in learning the art. Otherwise take your time to browse the exceptional pieces, and maybe even pick up a few to take home so that you can always remember your visit to this charming little country village.
Around the corner from the gallery is the Nundle Woollen Mill, one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia. The mill, which is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm provides a wonderful insight into wool processing.
Just up from the mill you’ll find the Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe and Museum. Locals who frequent this cafe boast about its coffee and selection of tasty treats, so why not make a stop and treat yourself. It’s the perfect opportunity to browse the Mount Misery Gold Mine Museum to learn about the region’s gold mining history.
After you’ve refuelled head up to Hanging Rock Lookout, located 600m above sea level, for panoramic views of the Nundle Valley. A perfect picture opportunity awaits you as you follow the walking path to the rock edge. Don’t forget the caption #TamworthNSW.
Continue travelling up Morrison’s Gap Road to Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm. Located 1,200m above sea level this farm literally sits on top of the Great Dividing Range and raises highly acclaimed and award winning trout. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be met by owners Russ and Meg Sydenham and be given an opportunity to fish in the stocked farm dam, take a guided tour of the farm (bookings by appointment) or purchase from a range of smoked meats and trout product from the store. There’s also the option to stay on for lunch and let the afternoon slip away as you enjoy the serenity from the back deck, sipping on local wines and tasting smoked meats.
Head back down to the village to the historic Peel Inn, right in the heart of Nundle. Voted to have one of the best beer gardens in Australia with plenty of room for the kids to run around, there really is no better place to tuck into some traditional pub grub.