The small town of Nundle lies beside the Peel River, south-east of Tamworth in northern NSW. In a valley in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Nundle was a gold boom town in the 1850s and is still a fossickerís delight. But gold isnít the only prize. Amateur fossickers flock to this area in search of the big quartz crystals for which it is famous, as well as sapphires, zircon and green jasper. There is a pretty rough road in and out of town which runs beside the Peel River, but itís worth the drive for the fabulous views and the many fine spots for picnicking and camping in spots such as Hanging Rock, Ponderosa Park and the Chaffey and Sheba dams. If you are into history, the courthouse, local museum and old bakery and antique centre will keep you gainfully occupied. Nundle also sits on the eastern flank of the vast Goonoo Goonoo sheep station opened up by the British-registered Australian Agricultural Company in the 1830s. Although the modern station is still run as a working farm, the owners do allow limited access to visitors who can get a feel for the original, self-reliant Goonoo Goonoo village through the old chapel, general store-post office and the brick shearing shed.