Quirindi sits at the heart of the Liverpool Plains region in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The traditional home of the indigenous Kamilaroi people, Quirindi translates to ‘nest among the hills’ – a great description of our lovely rural community! Quirindi has a rich agricultural history and is famous for the fields of bright yellow sunflowers that bloom between December and March. If you’re new to town, touring the region or showing visitors around, read on for our pick of things to see and do.
The Who’d-A-Thought-It Lookout Reserve
This is the best place to start exploring the area. According to local legend, the lookout’s unique name came after an exhausted bullock drover made it to the top of the hill and saw, to his surprise and delight, a tavern in the valley below! The tavern burned down in 1906, but the view from the hill is a stunning 360-degree panorama of Quirindi and the surrounding countryside.
Quirindi Rural Heritage Village
The Rural Heritage Village is located 3km west of Quirindi on the Kamilaroi Highway, and features over 2000 exhibits. There’s a blacksmith’s shop and machinery sheds with working antique farm machinery, two old rural fire trucks on display as well as a fascinating saddlery and Light Horse section. The Village is being constantly updated and is a great way for the whole family to learn about the lives of the area’s early European settlers. Take the kids for a fun day out on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm, when the miniature railway is open to ride.
Quipolly Dam and Bird Hide
The Quipolly Dam is 18km north-east of Quirindi on Borah Creek Road. There’s a recreation area with picnic tables, walking paths and fishing spots. It’s also a flora and fauna sanctuary and draws birdwatchers and photographers to stake out the new Bird Hide at Old Quipolly Dam (past the recreation area) for a glimpse of rare birds like the diamond firetail and black-chinned honeyeater. Spot migratory waterbirds, sea eagles and wildflowers as well as native marsupials like kangaroos, koalas and gliders. The best time to view bird life is at dawn or dusk, but the dam is a lovely picnic spot at any time of day.
First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens
You’ll find these peaceful green gardens on the banks of Quirindi Creek in Wallabadah. First Fleet descendent Ray Collins has hand-carved the names of each person who travelled on the ships of the First and Second Fleets on to stone tablets, and you can read stories about the lives of the crew and convicts as you wander along the garden paths.
Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum
Another must-see for history buffs, this award-winning monument and museum celebrates Werris Creek – the first railway town in New South Wales – and commemorates the men who lived and died working to build Australia’s railways. Located on Railway Parade in Werris Creek; admission is by gold coin donation.
Be sure to check out our list of the best places to eat and drink in Quirindi, and drop by the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre in Willow Tree for more information on tourist attractions in the area.
If you’re thinking of buying, renting or selling property in Quirindi, or would like to know more about what it’s like to call our friendly corner of country New South Wales home, come and visit the Ray White Rural Quirindi office or give our expert team a call – we’re always here to help!