From blazing sunflowers to thrilling rodeo, Quirindi and surrounds are captivating. You’ll discover striking landscapes, charming towns and intriguing heritage in this beautiful district in northwest NSW. The Quirindi Rodeo in February is a spectacular show, with bronco riding, trick riding and much more.
Vast fields of sunflowers shine from December to March around the district on the fertile Liverpool Plains, one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions near Tamworth. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Quirindi and neighbouring towns, including of Willow Tree, Wallabadah and Werris Creek.
Pop into the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre in Willow Tree for tips on all the wonderful things to do and see in the area. At the Willow Tree Inn enjoy a delicious paddock-to-plate experience at Graze, savouring beef and lamb reared on Colley Creek pastures only two km away.
Bountiful produce is a highlight of the Quirindi Spring Show, a fun three days in September. A short drive north of Quirindi is Quipolly Dam, where there are barbecues and picnic tables. This sanctuary is home for many bird species, including diamond firetails and the black-chinned honeyeaters.
Getting to Quirindi is easy, with the drive from Tamworth 50 minutes and from Sydney a little over four hours. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Willow Creek, Quirindi and Werris Creek, via the Upper Hunter. You can also fly from Sydney to Tamworth Airport, where you can rent a car.
You can explore 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 great fun for families, too.
For extraordinary railway heritage and history, visit the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum at the grand Werris Creek Station, the third-largest in NSW. The monument commemorates railway men and women who have lost their lives in railway accidents since 1850.