Quirindi is located a short distance off the New England Highway, a comfortable four hour drive from Sydney, 50 minutes from Tamworth and is situated midway between the famous wine growing area of the Hunter Valley and the cooler climate vineyards of the New England region. Quirindi is the 'Gateway to the North-West' with the Kamilaroi Highway commencing in the township and ending at Bourke.
The town itself offers riverside parks, great shopping and plenty of accommodation, but the real attractions are a short drive into the countryside. The Who'd-A-Thought It Lookout is a must, with a full 360 degree expanse that offers panoramic views of the town, the Liverpool Plains and the Great Dividing Range. It's the picnic perfect location to watch the sun set and contemplate how the region once supported oceanic coral reefs and beaches and now crops such as sorghum, wheat, cotton, sunflowers, lucerne and corn.
The old Quipolly Dam and Bird Hide, just a short 10 minute drive from Quirindi offers a bird's eye view of the dam and its inhabitants. The all-weather viewing structure is snuggled amid reeds, and as the water gently laps at the pylons and the sun sparkles against a back drop of Cyprus Pine even the most disinterested feather watcher will become hooked.
Quirindi offers a host of recreational facilities, including an Olympic pool, 18-hole golf course, bowling club, tennis courts, camping and aquatic retreats. There are two primary schools, one high school and numerous child care centres. The town has a very active racecourse which hosts numerous meetings and the main event, the Quirindi Cup, is held in February. Equestrian sports are also particularly popular.
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Quirindi Rural Heritage Village & Museum
The Quirindi Rural Heritage Village is set on 13 acres, just 3kms from Quirindi on the Gunnedah Road. The village has been designed to collect, preserve, restore, interpret and exhibit artefacts that relate to the history, heritage and culture of the regional area.
The annual Machinery Rally and Swap Meet held in the autumn attracts people and their machines from all over Australia and internationally. It showcases the restoration of machines from the past, ranging from tractors and steam engines, to collections of smaller items such as shearing gear, lawn mowers and also craft items to interest the ladies.
The Village has exhibits ranging from aboriginal heritage through to the explorers and early settlers; it demonstrates the trials and tribulations faced by the pioneers of this vast country. Take a journey in 50 year increments and see how your forebears lived in days gone by.
The Federation Pavilion, which houses the extensive museum and coffee shop is open, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 3pm.
Quirindi & District Historical Society Inc and Historical Cottage & Museum
Quirindi's Historical Cottage & Museum display an array of themes from Victorian era to agriculture, to war time and lots more. They also house an enormous collection of records such as family histories, district archives and more. You can find just about anything you want to know about the region's history!
When the Quirindi and District Historical Society was formed in 1960 it set out to collect and record the history of Quirindi and district, and to publish this information for the benefit of local people and researchers. This important aspect of the Society's work began in 1965, and 12 journals ("Historical Notes") were printed before the society turned to publishing local history books. This important activity continues today, and publications are on sale at the Cottage and elsewhere in Quirindi. It was soon realised that it was also necessary to preserve and display items of historic value and local interest, for the better understanding of our heritage, especially for our young people.
The building at 44 Station Street Quirindi was constructed in 1887 from locally made sand stock bricks and had many close associations with Quirindi history, one of which being in fact that it was once the home of Quirindi's first Mayor and Mayoress. It was bought by the Society from Mr G.A. Wheeler in 1967, and opened as a museum by Mr Ross Symonds of the ABC on 26th April 1970. Additions to the frontage include wrought iron which was once part of the Commercial Hotel balcony, iron pillars were donated by Mr Muir Taylor, (Mayor of Quirindi 1966-1980), and window shutters from Mrs L P Wilson.
The collections held by the museum reflect the Quirindi district including the pastoral beginning, followed by closer settlement and farming, then mining ventures, the development of local government and the lifestyle of the rural town. Collections unique to the museum include McLennan-Phillips Aboriginal collection, the Quirindi Cottage Hospital Theatre and medical display, the HR Carter Radio room plus many more.
Quirindi & District Historical Society Inc and Historical Cottage & Museum is open Wednesday, Friday 10am - 2pm.
Quipolly Dam & Bird Hide
A flora and fauna sanctuary, a "must" for the bird lover! The Liverpool Plains is known for its many and varied bird species such as the Turquoise Parrot and Grey-crowned Babbler. This dam is known worldwide and has a newly constructed Bird Hide on the edge of the dam. The Bird Hide overlooks this pristine flora and fauna sanctuary. According to some sources the dam filled with silt during the 1940's, attributed to the rabbit plagues and developed a habitat which attracts both water and woodland birds. The sanctuary continues upstream along the creek for about 1km.
Stock Brands of the Liverpool Plains
The centrepiece of the footpaths in the Quirindi Main Street celebrates the earliest known sheep and cattle runs on the Liverpool Plains. The brands are derived from the "Large Stock Brands Directory of NSW", 1954 and the "Sheep Brands & Marks Directory of NSW", 1954.
Evidence suggests that sheep and cattle were moving through the Liverpool Plains in the early 1820's.
Most of the Brands are those not originally associated with the properties but belong to known owners. Brands were required by law after 1866 and there are a number of stories relating to getting cattle inspectors drunk or driving off their horses so that property owners did not have their stock confiscated.
On a practical note: before the days of fencing and when cattle where driven to market, brands were the only way to separate mobs that may have accidentally been drawn together.
Brands or ear tags are mandatory to this day and are becoming more and more digitized and sophisticated. In some instances the classic branding iron has been replaced by a freeze dried brand which removes pigment from the hair follicles of the beast.
Who'd-A-Thought It Lookout
To embrace the full beauty of the area the Who'd-A-Thought It Lookout is a must. A full 360 degree expanse offers panoramic views of the town, the Liverpool Plains and the Great Dividing Range. It's the picnic perfect location to watch the sun set and contemplate how the region once supported oceanic coral reefs and beaches and now crops such as sorghum, wheat, cotton, sunflowers, lucerne and corn. The Lookout also has a location compass providing distances to various places of interest as the crow flies.
The Plain's Fitness Centre offers a wide range of youth, family and community health and fitness activities. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 6am – 7pm, Saturday 8am to 12pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Closed Public Holidays.