Murrurundi is situated on the New England Highway half an hours drive north of Scone and on hour south of Tamworth. A picturesque town, nestled on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range and boasts natural beauty, rich farming land and plenty of character.
Murrurundi is an art lovers' paradise. Resident artists, galleries and frequent workshops add to the allure of Murrurundi, a haven for artists escaping the frenzy of city life. Be sure to allow time to wander the galleries including Haydon Hall, BoHo Gallery, Chicken in the Window and Michael Reid Gallery.
Explore the unique rock formation of the Eye of the Needle, an unusual walkway leading to a lookout with captivating views over the township of Murrurundi. View the old suspension bridge, built before WWI and once used to transport the Chief Magistrate by buggy to the court house in the times of flood. Follow the town walk to view many of the heritage listed buildings such as Dooley's Store and the White Hart Hotel. Copies of the Heritage Walk map can be picked up from the Visitor Information Centre.
Murrurundi is a show case of country pursuits with dog trials, rodeos and camp draft competitions. “The King of the Ranges” is now held in February each year and brings thousands of people to town.
The name Murrurundi was derived from the Wanaruah place name 'Murrumoorandi'. Originally thought to mean 'nestled in the valley', it seems more likely that is refers to five unusual rock formations near Temple Court (only four remain now) and may mean 'five fingers' or 'meeting place at the five fingers'.
Things to do:
- Don't miss the action at the King of the Ranges, every February.
- Cafe and art gallery hopping.
- Day trip to Wingen to explore Burning Mountain Nature Reserve or to Wallabadah Rock
- Climb the Eye of the Needle in Paradise Park for spectacular views over Murrurundi.