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Willow Tree Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

Places nearby Willow Tree

Willow Tree

On the New England Highway between Murrurundi and Quirindi, Willow Tree is in a prestigious grazing and farming district up in the Liverpool Ranges at the northern extremities of the scenic and productive Hunter Valley. This is prime thoroughbred country where white rail fences are predominant and regally bred bloodstock is prepared for the sale ring, the racetrack or the mating yards.

It was in the clean paddocks of the Willow Tree area that the first organised game of polo was played in Australia and Quirindi, 16km up the road, continues to hold an annual polo carnival in early August.

To the west of Willow Tree are the Wallabadah Nature Reserve and Ben Hall"s Gap National Park. Here the notorious bushranger, who gave the park its name, would occasionally hide out. Hall"s father, an ex-convict also named Benjamin, owned a property at Murrurundi and the young bushranger spent his early years there.

The New England Highway, on which Willow Tree sits, takes an abrupt right hand swerve about 2km west of town and then heads for the major city of Tamworth - Australia"s beating heart of country music - some 70km away. Turn off the highway and head north-west and about 95km later you"ll reach another big country town - Gunnedah.

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Willow Tree: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Bob's Shed


Take a stroll down Memory Lane in Bob's Shed where you can find an old time General Store stocked with authentic 40s and 50s items, admire the collection of historic pub items in the Railway Hotel and visit Peter Brocks World - an amazing tribute to an Australian icon. Bob will tell you stories attached to his collection, which just adds to the quirk of the place.




35 Ray Carter Drive
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 15.7K from Willow Tree

First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens


The First and Second Fleet Memorial is the only garden memorial to the First and Second Fleets in Australia. Carved by stone mason, Ray Collins, the names of all those who came out to Australia on these epic journeys are found on tablets along the garden pathway. The stories of those who arrived on the ships, their life, and first encounters with the Australian country are presented throughout the Garden.

The memorial lies on the banks of Quirindi Creek, the perfect location to stop, take a break, picnic and be inspired while learning more about the history of Australia. Adjoined to the Memorial Garden is a free camping area with barbecues, tables and amenities as well as a children's playground.




New England Highway
Wallabadah, NSW, 2343

Located 15.9K from Willow Tree

Quirindi Rural Heritage Village


The Quirindi Rural Heritage Village showcases the development of rural Australia and the rich farming district of the Liverpool Plains in particular.

Peruse its 2,000 plus exhibits; from Aboriginal artefacts through to the explorer's early settlers, it demonstrates the trials and tribulations faced by the pioneers of this vast country. Household items (particularly kitchenalia and lacework) and craft of bygone eras, tools, cameras, restored buggies, tractors, steam engines, stationery motors, threshing machines, and lawnmowers are all on display. Butcher, dairy, bakery, milk bar and demonstrative rooms, historic loom, unique model tram set. View machinery sheds, the blacksmith's shop, Church, or take a ride on the 1200 metre miniature railway, which can be booked for birthdays and social occasions.

There is also an excellent coffee shop. The annual machinery enthusiasts rally and swap meet is held on the first weekend in May.

School/social groups are welcome. Disabled toilet facilities are available.




15 Borambil Road,
Three kilometres from Quirindi on Gunnedah Road
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 16.6K from Willow Tree

Willow Tree: Events

Quirindi Spring Show


Quirindi proudly shows off everything its vibrant community has on offer at the annual Quirindi Spring Show. See everything from arts and crafts, cooking, sewing, horticulture to horsemanship, cattle, poultry, pets and sheep.

The Quirindi Show Girl will be announced on Saturday, which is the main day of the show. Friday and Sunday will feature horse and cattle events. On Saturday there is the Woodchop Competition, Ute Show, Bull and Steer Ride, Horse events, cooking competitions and lots of entertainment as well as lots of stalls. Side Show Alley is open all weekend.

The Show has become bigger and better every year for the past three years, don't miss it!




Wallabadah Road
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 14.3K from Willow Tree

Quirindi Rodeo


Quirindi puts on a show at this family-friendly event featuring Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Rope and Tie, Steer Undecorating and more.

The local trick riding team, High Velocity Trick Riding will be performing, there will be a DJ and a barbecue, and the bar will be open Saturday night.

The Rodeo starts at 10am on Saturday with the main performances starting at 5pm.




Wallabadah Road
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 14.7K from Willow Tree

Wallabadah New Years Day Races


Wallabadah New Years Day Races is one of the longest running race meets in the country, having been held every year since 1852. A traditional bush racing experience and a great day of family fun. Head along and enjoy the the thrill of a country race meeting!

See you at the 2017 Wallabadah Races.


Event Dates
2017
      1st Jan


Coach Street,
Wallabadah Jockey Club
Wallabadah, NSW, 2343

Located 15.2K from Willow Tree

King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival


King of the Ranges Stockma's Challenge showcases the traditional skills of Australian Stockmen and women through an exciting and intense competition over four days. Competitors accumulate points for cattle work, pack-horse work, bareback riding, target whipcracking, horseshoeing, and cross country jumping. Then finalists further display their skill and courage in catching and leading a wild horse and riding a buckjumper, to determine who will be the next King of the Ranges.

Throughout the King of the Ranges Event, the Bush Festival program features a host of traditional and entertaining activities including fun competitions, displays of horsemanship, demonstrations of bushcraft, live music, great food and good old fashioned country hospitality. The King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival offers something for all the family. Enjoy this celebration of Australian bush skills, tradition and heritage in beautiful Murrurundi the "Crown of the Hunter" at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges where the New England Highway leaves the Hunter Valley to cross the Great Dividing Range.


Event Dates
2017
      24th Feb
      25th Feb
      26th Feb


Rosella Street
Murrurundi, NSW, 2338

Located 16.3K from Willow Tree

Quirindi Rural Heritage Village - Vintage Machinery and Miniature Railway Rally and Swap Meet


The Rural Heritage hosts this annual celebration of tractors and engines, steam engines, cars, and motorbikes. There is a display Blacksmiths shop, lots of stalls and the Miniature Railway runs all weekend.

Events include tractor pull, Main Street procession, working demonstrations, tractor events, wood chop, rally dinner and entertainment.

Catering and bush camping facilities available.

For information or to book a stall call Beryl Mannion.


Event Dates
2017
      6th May
      7th May


Kamilaroi Highway,
Quirindi Rural Heritage Village
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 16.5K from Willow Tree

Willow Tree: Travel Tips

Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre


Call into the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre, the friendly staff are happy to help you with your enquiry and assist you to experience and enjoy the unique rural lifestyle of the region. The foyer of the Visitor Information Centre greets the visitor with a historic desk which was owned by the AA company who ran Warrah Station in the early 1930s. Read about the local history or learn about agriculture from a stunning wall display before morning or afternoon tea at the adjoining Cafe 2339.

Their knowledgeable staff can give you advice and help with itineraries well beyond their own area, and are happy to share their knowledge - they also love a challenge! Your stop is enhanced by their 'Kamilaroi, a Highway a People' display, and the historic Sunshine Header.

You can't go wrong travelling through Liverpool Plains with 'a postcard around every corner', starting right here!




New England Highway,
King George V Park
Willow Tree, NSW, 2339

Located 0.0K from Willow Tree

Murrurundi Visitor Information Centre


Be sure to stop into the Murrurundi Visitor Information Centre on your next trip to Murrurundi.

The friendly staff can provide you with a range of information on local attractions, upcoming events, assistance with accommodation, and other services as required.

Maps and brochures are also available, together with a selection of souvenirs and other merchandise.




113 Mayne Street
Murrurundi, NSW, 2338

Located 16.4K from Willow Tree