Unique heritage setting to explore… relax…revive
Kurri Kurri is located within a 40 minute drive from Newcastle and 2 hours drive from Sydney. Kurri Kurri maintains a thriving population of around 21,000.
Established in 1902 Kurri Kurri was settled to service the rapidly expanding coal mines that are located throughout the area. Located within easy distance from the Hunter Valley wine country the Kurri Kurri district offers a wide range of cultural experiences for visitors and residents alike.
The Kurri Kurri district also features many sporting facilities which include golf, tennis, lawn bowls and a state of the art aquatic centre.
The Kurri Kurri district has been developed into the largest Mural Town centre in Australia with more than 50 murals already in place and more are in the development phase.
The town is also home to the Big Kookaburra, a statue built from recycled metal products by one of the best known artists in the area, Chris Fussel.
The town is also famous for hosting the annual “Nostalgia Festival” which is held every March. People flock to the town to take part in a variety of family based activities that include a classic car display coupled with live music, markets and street entertainers.
The Richmond Main Steam and Heritage Park located nearby is popular with people who have an interest in the age of steam and coal mining heritage. It is open to the public three weekends of the month.
The annual Weston District Art Show is one of the largest regional art shows in the Hunter.
Other activities include the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides who conduct a Farmers Markets each month. Nearby cultural events include Maitland Steam Festival, Morpeth, Jazz in the Vines, Opera in the Vineyards, great concerts, the Lovedale Long Lunch and the annual Harvest Festival in the vineyards.
The Kurri Kurri District offers a host of education and training opportunities for a regional community. The Kurri Kurri TAFE campus offers a broad range of subjects including Viticulture, Horticulture, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy and Heavy Plant Mechanic training. Kurri Kurri High School is a Centre of Excellence in education and well serviced by public transport. Kurri Kurri Community Centre offers adult education training through the WEA.
The Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) provides training in small business management and business start up support. The BEC is apart of a network of Business Enterprise Centres across the nation.
There are eight junior schools in the district including Catholic Education. Nearby Maitland and Cessnock also offer private education facilities.