Nestled between the Peel River and Great Dividing Range, the scenery is superb in this historic mining village in the New England region of NSW. Nundle is great for gold and sapphire fossicking, admiring colonial heritage, and fishing at the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm and the Chaffey Dam.
A stop on the Fossickers Way touring route in gemstone country, Nundle is 50 minutes’ drive from Tamworth and 4h 30min from Sydney. Places to stay include a riverside tourist park, cottages, sheep station, motel and the 1860-built Peel Inn, a pub with a lovely beer garden.
Pop into the Nundle Visitor Information Centre on Jenkins Street for brochures and tips on things to do in the 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. The annual Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival celebrates their contribution to Nundle’s heritage. You’ll find more great festivals and shows in the Nundle events calendar.
The Great Nundle Dog Race in May is a fantastic family day out, with novelty dog races and fun activities for kids. Try delicious regional produce at the Nundle Country Picnic in March, held in the pretty grounds of the Nundle Woollen Mill, one of the last operating spinning mills in Australia.
You can buy colourful knits and woollen socks at the mill’s shop. For more shopping pursuits, head to Odgers and McClelland, which is located in a beautifully preserved 19th century village store. Other shops include Ratters Flat Curios, Volcania Art Glass and Sacs on Jenkins.