Recently awarded ‘Best Country Restaurant’ by the Australian Hotels Association, a meal at Graze restaurant at the Willow Tree Inn is too good to pass up. Housed in a sympathetically renovated heritage building, take your pick from casual dining in the bar, enjoy the family friendly atmosphere in the bistro, or indulge yourself with more formal dining in the restaurant. No matter how you choose to dine, you are sure to be delighted.
Visit Willow Tree
The charming town of Willow Tree is located between Murrurundi and Quirindi, settled in the mid-19th century. Set on the New England Highway and to the east of the Wallabadah Nature Reserve and Ben Halls Gap National Park, ideal for a morning bushwalk.
First stop is the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre, in Willow Tree, where you will find the ‘Kamilaroi Highway, A People’ display showcasing the history and heritage of the local Kamilaroi Aboriginal people. The display also marks the beginning of the Kamilaroi Highway story, which continues all the way through to Bourke. Inside the centre you can pick up some souvenirs of your trip to the Liverpool Plains region and hear more about the region from the friendly staff.
Heading north toward Tamworth you’ll find the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens in Wallabadah, about 17km north of Willow Tree. The gardens are dedicated to the sailors, marines, spouses, children, convicts and freemen of the First and Second Fleets. The memorial consists of 11 circular gardens, representing the 11 ships of the First Fleet connected by a cobblestone path, inlaid with the names of those who served on the ships. Two additional gardens with stone tablets arranged by ship represent the Second Fleet.
As the day draws to an end you will get to experience the magnificent colours of the NSW North West sky as the sun slowly starts to dip behind the mountains toward the west leading you back into Tamworth.