Murrurundi

Grassy hills, Gary Hanson / Auscape International

Population 804

Murrurundi (pronounced 'Murrurund-eye') is a rural town set in the lush Pages River Valley at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges. It is a well-preserved, quiet town and any changes have been gradual, thanks to the lack of heavy industry in the region. The main street has been declared an urban conservation area.

Visitor Information

113 Mayne St; (02) 6546 6446.

www.upperhuntertourism.com.au

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In Town

Paradise Park This horseshoe-shaped park lies at the base of a steep hill. Behind the park take a walk through the 'Edge of the Needle', a small gap in the rocks that opens to a path leading to the top of the hill and fantastic views.

St Joseph's Catholic Church: 1000-piece Italian marble altar; Polding St.

Self-guide heritage walk: National Trust–classified sites; brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Wallabadah Rock The 2nd largest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere, the rock is a large plug (959 m high) of an extinct volcano. There are spectacular flowering orchids in Oct. The rock is on private property, with a good view from the road. Access is possible with the owner's permission (02) 6546 6881. 26 km NE.

Chilcotts Creek: diprotodon remains were found here (now in Australian Museum, Sydney); 15 km N.

Burning Mountain: deep coal seam that has been smouldering for at least 5000 years; 20 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 12 km

Forget global warming for a while and marvel at this coal seam, about 30 metres underground, that has been burning as hot as 1700°C for an estimated 5500 years. A 3.5-kilometre walk to the top of the mountain through... Find out more


Barrington Tops National Park 73 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Telegraph

Cafe Telegraph is located in the old telegraph office (c. 1870). It’s an excellent cafe in the heart of town, offering an array of gourmet interpretations of old cafe favourites. Here, the humble toasted cheese and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Washpools camping area 16 km

This secluded camping area is spacious, well shaded and good for families. You’ll need to cross Middlebrook Creek to get here – there’s a concrete causeway to make things easier, but flooding may occur... Find out more


Teamsters Rest Camping Reserve 31 km

Next to Wombramurra Creek via Crawney Rd (2WD in dry weather only), this is a popular spot for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet. There’s water in the creek – not enough to swim in – but... Find out more


Lake Glenbawn caravan park 41 km

This lake is camping paradise – you’ll find everything you could possibly ask for here. The caravan park is on the western foreshore, near the tennis courts and golf course. There are tent sites here as well,... Find out more


Lake Glenbawn camping area 42 km

The main camping area for Lake Glenbawn State Park is on the lake’s eastern shore. There are also bungalows and cabins, a boat ramp, children’s playground, and even archery. Other activities include canoeing,... Find out more


Belmadar camping area 42 km

This comfortable camping ground is located in the picturesque town of Moonan Flat, on the Hunter River 50 km north-east of Scone. You can while away the hours fishing and swimming, and in the afternoon pop into the... Find out more


Swamp Creek camping area 44 km

This popular gold- and gem-fossicking site is 4 km north of Nundle on Fossickers Way. If fossicking ain’t your thing, you can head out for a walk or a swim instead. You’ll need to bring your own drinking... Find out more


Sheba Dams Reserve 45 km

Originally built for sluicing gold, Sheba Dams Reserve, 11 km east of Nundle, is now a comfortable summer family-camping area. You can fish, swim or paddle and there’s a 1.2 km walking track leading around the dam.... Find out more


Moonan Brook Forestry Cottage 47 km

This former 1800s schoolhouse in Moonan Brook, 3 km east of Moonan Flat, has been transformed into a comfortable cottage and bunkhouse sleeping up to 25 people. If your group is larger, there’s space for tents in... Find out more


Bowling Alley Point Recreation Reserve 51 km

This camping area is on the foreshore of Chaffey Dam, 14 km north of Nundle and 45 km south-east of Tamworth. The dam is a popular place for watersports such as waterskiing and powerboating, while fishing enthusiasts vie... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Pages River Caravan Park 1 km

On the northern edge of town, this small neatly maintained park is easily accessible from the New England Highway and is ideal for an overnight stay at an attractive price.... Find out more


Lake Glenbawn State Park 41 km

The park is 14 km from Scone or easily accessible from Aberdeen. The powered sites do not front the lake but there are unpowered sites available with lake frontage. This is a popular fishing spot where anglers catch... Find out more


Pinaroo Leisure Park 58 km

Conveniently located alongside the highway just 3.5 km south of the town centre, this park is well laid out with a relaxing pool. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a longer visit to this Upper Hunter region.... Find out more


Austin Tourist Park 73 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more


Paradise Tourist Park 74 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more


Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 83 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Combadello Cottage

Become king of the mountain when you stay at this luxury self-contained three-bedroom cottage, 700 metres above sea level with unparalleled views of the Liverpool Ranges and the north face of Towarri National Park.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Blandford park area 6 km

At Blandford

Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.


Burning Mountain rest area 12 km

24km N of Scone (R) or 108km S of Tamworth (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.


Wallabadah rest area 25 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 


Teamsters Rest camping area 31 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.


Scone park area 33 km

At Scone

Opposite the information centre at the Tribute to the Horse monument.


Aberdeen park area 44 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.


Sheba Dams camping area 45 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the dam 11km east of Nundle via Nundle–Barry Rd.


Swamp Creek camping area 47 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.


Ponderosa Park camping area 52 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.


Bowling Alley Point camping area 53 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.


Vietnam War Memorial park area 54 km

2km N of Muswellbrook (R) or 23km S of Scone (L)

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.


Tamworth park area 74 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.


Airport rest area 76 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.


Rixs Creek rest area 89 km

6km NW of Singleton (R) or 43km SE of Muswellbrook (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Singleton park area 95 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.


What's on around town

Murrurundi Markets: last Sun of the month; outside visitor centre.

Australia Day Carnival: markets, parade and activities; Jan.

King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge: May.

Bushmans Rodeo and Campdraft Carnival: Oct.

Murrurundi Stampede: Dec.

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