When was the last time you decided to take some time out and go on a relaxing Sunday drive? Quirindi and the surrounding communities are located in a lovely part of country New South Wales, but it can be easy to take the rural landscape for granted – why not round up the family and take a drive? It’s a great way to show visitors around, too. You can pick up a copy of “Quirindi Country Drives” from any of the tourist info centres – Willow Tree, Wallabadah or the Railway Station Square kiosk here in Quirindi – or choose from one of our scenic drives below.
Quirindi to Willow Tree (28km return)
Willow Tree is a lovely little community south of Quirindi on the Kamilaroi Highway. A very pretty village of arts and antique shops, it’s also home to the fabulous, award-winning restaurant Graze (http://www.grazewillowtree.com.au) at the Willow Tree Inn.
Quirindi to Premer (200km return)
5km north of the Quirindi Post Office, follow the signs west off the Kamilaroi Highway onto Borambil Road to reach Captain Cook Park. This designated flora and fauna reserve is a great place for a family picnic, with BBQ facilities, toilets and quiet grassy clearings. Continue north and take the Caroona and Spring Ridge turnoff – look out for the unusual sandstone buildings at the turnoff, a homestead that once presided over the 1300-square-km Walhollow Station. Continue onward, driving through Caroona past its lovely little stone church and across the 90m Mooki River Bridge. Carry on 18km to Spring Ridge and bear left to Mt Tamarang before reaching Premer. You can grab a counter lunch at the Premer Hotel, which sadly burned down in 2006 but was completely rebuilt and reopened in a brand new Queenslander-style building in 2011.
Quirindi to Quipolly Dam (35km return)
Anyone with even a passing interest in native Australian birdlife shouldn’t miss the flora and fauna sanctuary of the Old Quipolly Dam. Drive north-east out of town along Borah Creek Road (toward Werris Creek) for about 11km, where you’ll see a junction at a stream; turn right (upstream) for 4km and drive past the dam to the picnic grounds. Quipolly was once a thriving village, with a number of vineyards and dairy farms strung along Quipolly Creek and four inns catering to the road traffic, until the establishment of the railway. Now, the dam is a fantastic birdwatching location with a specially-built bird hide – don’t forget your binoculars! The best times for birdwatching are around dawn and dusk, but you’ll be able to spot waterbirds like black swans and pelicans at any time of day.
There are some beautiful drives and idyllic days out to be had around Quirindi. If you’re interested in buying, selling or renting property in the Quirindi region, come and see the experts at Ray White Quirindi. Some of the best views in the Liverpool Plains Shire are just waiting for you to come and take a look.