From gold and sapphire fossicking to one of Australia’s last operating spinning mills, historic Nundle is a pretty village in the beautiful New England region of NSW. On the banks of the Peel River, Nundle is home to colonial heritage, lovely shops, and fishing at the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm and Chaffey Dam.
On the Fossickers Way touring route in gold and gemstone country in northern NSW, Nundle is 50 minutes’ drive southeast of Tamworth and less than five hours from Sydney. Places to stay include a riverside tourist park, cottages, a sheep station, motel and the 1860-built Peel Inn, a pub with a great beer garden.
Pop into the Nundle Visitor Information Centre for brochures and tips on the wonderful things to do and see in this lovely area. The splendid Gil Bennet collection of rare minerals and sparkling crystals is in the centre. You can explore the colonial gold rush at the Mount Misery Gold Mine Museum and Cafe.
Gold fever struck the district in the 1850s. Many joined the gold rush, including Chinese migrants. Today, the annual Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival celebrates their contribution to Nundle’s heritage. Check out too the other marvellous festivals and shows in the Nundle events calendar.
The Great Nundle Dog Race in May is a great family day out, with working dogs from across the region and fun activities for kids. You can savour delicious regional produce at the Nundle Country Picnic in March in the pretty grounds of the Nundle Woollen Mill, which spins fine merino wool.
You can buy colourful knits and woollen socks at the mill’s shop. You’ll find more enticing shopping at Odgers and McClelland in a beautifully preserved 19th century village store. Other charming shops and galleries in Nundle include Ratters Flat Antiques, Volcania Art Glass and Sacs on Jenkins.