Nundle is a small town at the foot of the Great Dividing Range that was declared a town in around the year 1885 after gold being discovered in nearby Hanging Rock and Swamp Creek around 1852.
I had always been told that at one point my paternal grandparents had lived in the Nundle area around 1921 and I was interested to chase up a little family history if possible.
We hooked our trusty little caravan on and headed off, travelling through the towns of Spring Ridge, Wallabadah and Quirindi. the vast open views along the way were stunning.
It's beautiful old machines, mostly around the 100 year age were brought from other defunct wool mills around the country. It is believed to be the last wool spinning mill left in Australia and maybe even the last in the world working a commercial mill using machines of this age.
We visited and did the free tour and were totally amazed, would certainly do the tour all over again.
We did find however that my Grandfather, George Urquhart did join the fight in WW1 from Nundle.
There is an honour Roll on the Nundle Shire Council building with his name on it and some research at the Library verified this.
We went for a drive to Hanging Rock, but for some reason I had what I would describe as a panic attack and was unable to enjoy the high area great viewing spots and drives.
On the return trip we were caught behind this logging truck, which caused me a huge amount of anxiety. I hope I can overcome this fear of motion and heights as I really love the amazing views from up high.( as long as the car isn't moving)
The caravan park was extremely well ran and was super clean. There was a great outdoor/indoor camp kitchen and fire pit area, which was very well used each night as the park was home to many families and couples over the long weekend. There were also some very friendly families of ducks wandering around the park during the day.
We hope to do a few more of these short holidays, targeting interesting towns not too far from home , just to get to know their history and what they have to offer the tourist today.
In these times of drought , it's good to call into a small country town and stay a few days, have a few meals out, stay locally and spend a few dollars in the town( it doesn't have to be a fortune, every dollar counts) Local country shopkeepers are doing it really tough too, just like our farmers!
So until we meet again,
Take care of yourself and your loved one,
Jane and Brian.