• Barraba - Bird watcher paradise
  • Bingara - Gem on the Gwydir
  • Emmaville - Home of the panther
  • Glen Innes - Celtic Country
  • Inverell - Sapphire City
  • Manilla - Paragliders heaven
  • Nundle - Historic gold town
  • Tamworth - Country Music Capital
  • Warialda - Place of wild honey
  • Contact Us - 1800 067 626

Welcome to The Fossickers Way

The Fossickers Way is one of the oldest and most picturesque touring routes in New South Wales and provides an alternative route between Sydney and Brisbane for those who enjoy an easy, more leisurely scenic drive ...on sealed roads.
Fossickers Way mudmap

Escape the stress of hours on the road watching traffic, instead take your time and appreciate the magnificent, ever-changing scenery, a landscape which varies from steep wooded hills and native forest to wide fertile valleys fringed by a haze of blue ranges.

The drive is exciting and different and takes you through one of the richest gem areas in Australia and just like the precious stones found along its route, The Fossickers Way holds many treasures waiting to be unearthed - from buildings steeped in history to picturesque scenery and quaint villages where the personalities are as big as the sky overhead. 

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Where to stay on The Fossickers Way

Calendar of Events
Some of the activities you might enjoy include:
  • Fossicking for gold and other minerals
  • Fossicking for semi-precious stones
  • Country music entertainment
  • Shopping
  • Aero-sports (paragliding and hang gliding)
  • Water sports
  • Fishing
  • Bush walking
  • Self guided drive tours
  • Cinema and performing arts
  • Birdwatching
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Scenic flights
  • Wineries

The Fossickers Way incorporates nine member towns in four shires in northern NSW, all within easy reach of each other, beginning at Nundle just off the New England Highway, then passing through Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba, Bingara, Warialda, Inverell, Glen Innes and culminating at Emmaville where it rejoins the New England Highway.

Most Towns along the drive provide many of the facilities enjoyed in major regional centres, and all welcome visitors with warm, friendly, country style hospitality  Every town along the route provides a different experience which collectively creates a diverse destination which will guarantee visitors a holiday to remember.

Come and experience the best of Australia and be sure to allow yourself sufficient time - you'll need it!

For your FREE Fossickers Way Guide ring 1800 067 626 or
pick one up at any of the
Visitor Information Centres along the way.