The Aboriginal word from which Murrurundi takes its name means ‘nest in the valley’ - a perfect description for this Upper Hunter town on the banks of the Pages River at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges.
First settled in the 1820s, Murrurundi not only has great historical significance, but the district is rich in natural wonders such as Wallabadah Rock and the Eye of the Needle, which opens on to a Paradise Park trail leading to a summit presenting fine views across to the mountains.
Visitors can also absorb the local history on the heritage town walk or take a 43km drive east to the small town of Timor and its caves system. The limestone Timor Caves are easily accessed, but a strong pair of shoes, a reliable light and a measure of common sense will insure against accident.
Burning Mountain at nearby Wingen is also worth a visit. You can track north to Tamworth on side roads which pass through such towns as Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Quirindi and Werris Creek.