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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. If you have been to Bob's Shed before, visit again! Bob is a long way off completing his collection! New items or sections can be found all the time, so maybe it's time to revisit!




35 Ray Carter Drive
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 15.7K from Willow Tree

First and Second Fleet Memorial Garden


Eleven garden beds representing the ships of the First Fleet lead by Arthur Phillips to settle Australia are arranged around a garden bed in the shape of Australia. Each little garden features sand-stone tablets with the names inscribed of the persons who sailed that particular ship. A winding cobble stone path connects all the gardens and leads to a story board with a list of all participants as well as some personal logs and memoirs of convicts and sailors.

The personal accounts bring the privations and difficulties faced by teh early settlers to life and brings a human face to those epic journeys.
The Second Fleet Section of the Garden explains the difference between the two journeys and adds continuation to the First Fleet Story.

This Memorial Garden is a great reminder of Australia's colonial past and a tribute to the hard work of our forefathers who made this country to what it is today.




New England Highway,
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

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 2018 Wallabadah Races.


Event Dates
2018
      1st Jan


Coach Street,
Wallabadah Jockey Club
Wallabadah, NSW, 2343

Located 15.1K from Willow Tree

Quirindi Military Tattoo


The sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will fill Quirindi's Longfield Oval for this joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch, the Quirindi and District Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Liverpool Plains Shire Council. There will be a parade from ANZAC park to the Longfield Oval, market stalls and entry to the event is free. Come along and be amazed as the Governor Macquarie Band led by Pipe Major Barry Gray leads the show.


Event Dates
2018
      3rd Feb


Henry Street
Quirindi, NSW, 2343

Located 16.0K 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
2018
      22nd Feb
      23rd Feb
      24th Feb
      25th 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
2018
      5th May
      5th May
      6th May
      6th 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.

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. They offer a range of souvenirs and gifts, locally made produce and crafts and Kamilaroi art items.

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