Be captivated by striking landscapes, intriguing heritage and a colourful display of sunflowers, in this beautiful district in northern NSW. You’ll find plenty of places to stay for a rural escape in charming Quirindi, and the neighbouring towns of Willow Tree, Wallabadah and Werris Creek.

In February, the town hosts the thrilling Quirindi Rodeo, a spectacular show of bronco and trick riding. From December to March, vast fields of sunflowers blaze throughout the district, which is southwest of Tamworth on the fertile Liverpool Plains, one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions.

A jillaroo on horseback in a steer undecorating competition, Qurindi Rodeo

Pop into the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre in Willow Tree for tips on things to do and see in the area. At the Willow Tree Inn enjoy a delicious paddock-to-plate experience at its restaurant Graze, savouring beef and lamb reared on Colley Creek pastures 2km away.

Local produce is a highlight of the Quirindi Spring Show, a fun three days in September. A short drive north is Quipolly Dam, where there are BBQs and picnic tables. This peaceful spot is a sanctuary for many bird species, including diamond firetails and black-chinned honeyeaters.

A couple enjoying lunch at Graze Restaurant, Willow Tree Inn

Discover the district’s fascinating colonial and indigenous heritage at the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village, where the whole family can ride on a miniature railway. The annual Vintage Machinery and Miniature Railway Rally and Swap Meet in May is also great fun for families.

Housed in the grand and historic Werris Creek Railway Station, the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum tells the fascinating story of railway life in Australia. The monument commemorates those who lost their lives working on Australia’s rail infrastructure.

Quirindi is 50 minutes’ drive from Tamworth and a little over four hours from Sydney. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Willow Creek, Quirindi and Werris Creek, via the Upper Hunter. Or fly from Sydney to Tamworth Airport, where you can rent a car.