things to see & do
244 New England Highway, Murrurundi NSW 2338, australia.
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The town of Murrurundi was set out in 1840. St Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Race Club and racecourse were formed the following year, and the seventh national school in Australia was built in 1849. By 1867 the population was around 350. A number of the buildings are National Trust listed.
There are a number of popular local events to enjoy throughout the year, such as the annual ‘King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge’, regular Team Penning, Camp Drafts and Barrel Racing, sheepdog and cattle dog trials, regular art shows at Haydon Hall, the Michael Reid Gallery and Upstairs Art. Also the bi-annual operatic recitals and the Norvill Art Show with its $16,000 prize for Australian Landscape Painting.
A visit to Murrurundi would not be complete without a bushwalk to the ‘Eye of the Needle’ from Paradise Park, just a short drive from our property.
Close to Paradise Park, you will find the Murrurundi Golf Club, a picturesque nine-hole golf course with dirt greens. Three all weather tennis courts located near the oval are available for hire by arrangement.
Day trips (don’t forget your camera!!)
Driving in any direction from Murrurundi can be described as a ‘scenic drive’ and there are many options for a great day out for the ‘not too faint hearted’! Photographic opportunities are endless!
A great drive can be had via the Timor Caves to the Packer property at Ellerston, then on to the base of the Barrington Tops and a quiet drink at the historic (1890’s) Victoria Hotel at Moonan Flat. The trip home crosses the headwaters of the Hunter River as you pass Belltrees and Gundy on the way to Scone.
A popular day trip to Nundle via Timor and Crawney Tops, takes you to the head of the picturesque Isis River Valley. After a great lunch at the Peel Inn, Nundle’s 1860 Pub, the return journey via the highway brings you back through the village of Wallabadah, about 40 kms to our north. It is home to a wonderful memorial park to all those who arrived in Botany Bay on the eleven ships of the First Fleet in 1788. Recently, the names of those who arrived on the six ships of the ‘Second Fleet’ were added. It is definitely worth a visit! Australia’s first country racing club was established at Wallabadah back in 1852 and the New Year’s Day 2011 Wallabadah Cup will be the 159th running of the event!
The trip to Merriwa via Swinging Ridges Road and Warrah Creek through beautiful grazing country, then back via Bunnan and Scone onto the highway is another great country drive with spectacular vistas.
See and Do
Murrurundi and surrounds is a very scenic area, so when you drive off for the day, dont forget your camera.
A few of these drives are listed below.
Right on our doorstep
PARADISE PARK - EYE OF THE NEEDLE
Paradise Park in Murrurundi is a delightful picnic area in semi tropical surroundings; literally at the foot of a steep and densely wooded hill. It is located on Paradise Road past the golf course it has shelters, barbeques, toilets, plenty of birds and at dusk there are usually some wallabies. Take a stroll through the “Eye of the Needle” a rock formation, which is located at the end of the park, a narrow gap wide enough for a person to fit through, which you must pass to reach the summit. The trail continues to the lookout which affords fine views across to the mountains and the valley.
Short drives and day trips
Wallabadah Rock: The 2nd largest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere, the rock is a large plug (959 m high) of an extinct volcano.
WHO’D A THOUGHT IT LOOKOUT
The Who’d-A-Thought-It Lookout on Who’d-A-Thought-It Hill, Quirindi offers panoramic views of the town, the Liverpool Plains to the west and the Great Dividing Range to the south and to the east beyond Wallabadah. The ridges in the area are the result of major volcanic activity in the past. There is evidence of ancient oceanic coral reefs and beaches in the vicinity..
The origins of the lookout’s unusual name are uncertain. The Who’d-A-Thought It Hotel, built on the western side of the hill in 1882, became a popular venue for drinking, sports meetings and horse races. It burned down in 1906. Perhaps the hill was named after the hotel or vice-versa. Local legend maintains that the name derives from the surprise felt by travellers either upon encountering the hotel or by unexpectedly sighting Quirindi once at the top of the rise. There are various stories as to how the hill came to be called Who’d A Thought It but the one most popular with local folk is that of the old bullock driver, who in the searing heat of a mid-December day, was coaxing and bullying his team up the hill. Legend has it that when the team finally made it to the top, the hot and weary bullocky looked down the other side and saw, to his surprise, an old tavern at the foot of the hill. The bullocky’s delighted cry was Who’d A Thought It’! Today it is a fine picnic spot. To get there follow the Gunnedah signs to the edge of town where you will see a signposted right-hand turn.
Wingen Mountain, overlooking Burning Mountain. The reclining form of the bereaved Wingen maid can be seen in the profile of the rocks. Burning Mountain is made of marine and coal-bearing sediments dating back to the early Permian period (around 300 million years ago). It appears that two coal seams, around 16 km to the north of Burning Mountain, somehow ignited and have been burning at a rate of about a metre per year. The distance it has travelled suggests that the underground fire began at least 15,000 years ago, although taking into account periods when the burning may have been much slower, the fire may be a great deal older. Today, a two-metre-thick coal seam is burning around 20 – 30 metres below the surface. There are numerous outlets across the surface of the mountain, made obvious by the death of the surrounding vegetation, yellow sulphur deposits, red iron oxides and white sinter powder around the openings - as well as the heat haze and rising smoke and fumes. Air let in through the openings feeds the fires below, creating a furnace with temperatures around 1700 degrees Celcius. As the coal seam burns and the surrounding rocks are affected by the heat, the land collapses, creating an uneven, rocky landscape.
Washpools waterhole in Towarri National Park is a natural swimming hole in Middle Brook, only 500m from Washpools picnic area and viewing platform.
More tempting day trips
Ellerston, the horse stud property owned by the Packer family is just a small drive via Timor Caves, and at Moonan Flat take time to stop at the historic Victoria Hotel on your journey to Barrington Tops. There are driving restrictions in Winter due to the snow and ice, so check out www.barringtontopstourism.com.au for more information.
This air conditioned Family Room is equipped with basic amenities like hairdryer, opening windows etc and can accommodate a maximum of 5 guests only. pricing includes 2 adults and you can add 1 more adult in 15$ and 2 children in 10$ each.
- Opening windows
- Non-Smoking Only
- Ironing equipment
- Alarm Clock