A natural playground, enjoy bushwalking, birdwatching and camping in the enchanting town of Warialda, known as the ‘place of wild honey’. On the Fossickers Way touring route through gemstone country in northern NSW, try your luck fossicking for sapphires, gems and gold.

You can pick up a fossicking map from the Warialda Visitor Information Centre. Polish up your knowledge of rough, cut and polished gemstones at the Wells Gem and Mineral Collection, located in the visitor centre. The range of gems, minerals and shells on-show is incredible.

Boulders balancing by a creek, Cranky Rock Nature Reserve, Warialda

Take a self-guided tour of the town’s heritage buildings such as the 1880s-built Carinda House. A short drive away is the Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, where you’ll find art galleries, unique sculptures, a gift shop and walking trails. The natural beauty around Warialda is perfect for bushwalking.

In Cranky Rock Nature Reserve, you’ll find a jumble of granite boulders balancing on the edge of pretty Reedy Creek. A picturesque sanctuary, Cranky Rock is popular for picnicking, hiking and camping. For impressive wildflowers and birdlife, head to Koorilgur Nature Reserve.

A bronze face in the Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, Warialda

Whether you’re a casual walker or a seasoned bushwalker, the Koorilgur Nature Walk can be explored in its entirety or broken into sections. The walk begins from either Apex Park or Rotary Park and is 3.65km one-way, winding past smooth-barked apple gums – the tree trunks turn salmon-pink in Spring.

Warialda is 45 minutes’ drive from the nearby town of Inverell and 90 minutes from Glen Innes. The closest airport is Moree, where you can rent a car for the hour-long drive to Warialda. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Tamworth, and a connecting bus to Warialda.