There are nine towns to visit along The Fossickers Way route each of which will provide a unique, different experience. With their own personality and range of activities they collectively create a diverse destination featuring adventure, natural splendour, shopping, history and a warm country welcome all round.
Step back in time to Nundle where the best things in life are served up with country charm, from the finest wools to exquisite foods and arts to antiques. There are also reminders of its lively gold-mining past.
Nearby Tamworth is a bustling retail and commercial centre known worldwide for its annual Country Music Festival. With expansive public parks and gardens and a vibrant cultural scene, it’s a great place to find fun for the whole family.
There’s the adventure of paragliding at Manilla where enthusiasts are drawn to launch themselves into the sky for a birds-eye view of the countryside below. It also has Split Rock Dam and Lake Keepit in the area offering camping, water sports and fishing. The Manilla Heritage Museum should not be missed.
Barraba has its natural attractions drawing birdwatchers and bushwalkers to sample mother nature’s extraordinary work. Horton Falls and the endangered Regent Honeyeater are just two examples. History buffs will enjoy wandering through town on the heritage walk.
Cradled between rugged mountains is the pretty town of Bingara where reminders of the past are everywhere and nature has performed some of her best work. Lush farmland and a friendly atmosphere make it a great place to unwind with horse riding, fishing and bushwalking readily available. Copeton Dam is very popular among water sport enthusiasts.
Warialda, at the northern point of The Fossickers Way, offers the opportunity to hurtle through natural bushland in a speed machine during its annual offroad event. Its other attractions include Cranky Rock Nature Reserve and Koorilgur Nature Walk. Myall Creek Memorial, the Wells Gem Collection at the heritage centre and Ceramic Break Scuplture Park are also popular among visitors.
Surrounded by family-friendly fossicking sites, Inverell is known as the Sapphire City, with good reason. Not only does the town host an annual Sapphire Festival but stones found in this area are among the best in the world. Inverell also offers great shopping, cultural attractions and galleries and an ever-growing gourmet food trail. Inverell Pioneer Village and the transport museum are major attractions.
Glen Innes; “Celtic Country” is home to the Australian Standing Stones and The Australian Celtic Festival. Hosting the largest annual Gem show in NSW in March, Minerama, Glen Innes is renowned for some of the richest gem and mineral fields, heritage national parks, array of festivals and attractions and a rich history exemplified in numerous buildings in its CBD.
Emmaville may be a small town, but it attracts many visitors to its Mining Museum which houses the nationally renowned Curnow Collection and various other displays. With a multitude of minerals, too numerous to mention, waiting to be unearthed, Emmaville proves to be a very popular fossicking destination.