What Nundle lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. This small, historic mining village of 300 people is nestled between the Peel River and Great Dividing Range in the New England region of NSW. It has some of the state’s quirkiest festivals as well as fascinating colonial heritage and striking scenery.

Lion dancers performing on poles, Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival

Things to do

Nundle is one of the nine stops on the Fossickers Way touring route through gemstone country, so while you’re here try your luck at gold and sapphire fossicking. If you don’t strike it lucky, you can see the splendid Gil Bennet collection of rare minerals and sparkling crystals at the Nundle Visitor Information Centre on Jenkins Street.

Gold fever struck the district in the 1850s and you can explore the history of the colonial gold rush at the Mount Misery Gold Mine Museum and Cafe. Chinese migrants were among those who sought their fortune and the annual Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival celebrates their contribution to Nundle’s heritage.

A father holding his child outside Nundle Woollen Mill, Nundle

There are more great festivals and shows on the Nundle events calendar, including the Great Nundle Dog Race in May. What started out as a working dog race has turned into a fantastic family day out, with novelty dog races and fun activities for kids. Chaffey Dam is another family-friendly spot, where you can go boating, sailing and swimming.

The Nundle Woollen Mill is one of the last operating spinning mills in Australia, buy colourful knits and woollen socks at the mill’s shop. Other local boutiques include Odgers and McClelland, which is located in a beautifully preserved 19th century village store, Ratters Flat Curios, Volcania Art Glass and Sacs on Jenkins.

Gather with friends at the Nundle Country Picnic for local produce, live music and fashion, Tamworth

Eat & drink

Make the most of the delicious regional produce at the Nundle Country Picnic in March, which also offers a catered picnic lunch. If you’re game, you can try to catch your own dinner at the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm. If you don’t get a bite, the Smokehouse will sell you one. The 1860-built Peel Inn has hearty pub meals and a lovely beer garden.

Getting there & where to stay

Nundle is a 4hr 30min drive from Sydney and just under an hour from Tamworth. You can also fly into Tamworth Airport and hire a car to explore the region. Places to stay include a riverside tourist park, cottages, DAG Sheep Station with its original, historic woolshed, Nundle Fishing Club overlooking Chaffey Dam and lots more.

Tamworth Airport

Fly into Tamworth Regional Airport

Tamworth Regional Airport is 10km from Tamworth’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Qantas operates direct flights between Sydney and Tamworth daily, and Link Airways operates direct flights between Tamworth and Brisbane six days a week.

Things to Do and Places to Stay