Things to do in and around Kurri Kurri

Kurri is situated midway between Maitland and Cessnock and visitors come to enjoy the bushwalking, wildflowers and birdwatching, see Kurri Bush Walks.

Edgeworth David Museum - in the grounds of Kurri High School, Deakin Street, Kurri. Open Wednesdays and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 pm. or by appointment. Admission is free. Local history, family history, research. The Jim Comerford Coalfields Local History Library and Archives contains the history of nearly 500 Hunter Valley towns and settlements and 860 northern coalmines. Over 3,000,000 pages of history can be found on the library shelves, and it has 9,500 photographs of the Lower hunter. This unique history reference library is among the best in the State. Home to the Coalfield Heritage Group Inc. (historical society). Postal Address, 36 Gillies Street, Kurri Kurri, N.S.W. 2327 Phone 02 4937 4418 or email

Heddon Greta Drive In - One of the few drive- in picture shows left in the country. A unique experience for the kids. Great entertainment, great hot food available too.

Hunter Wine Country just a 20 - 30 minute drive.

Great North Walk - Watagan Mountains. Freemans Waterholes about 20 minute drive from Kurri.

Newcastle Beaches and Lake Macquarie just a half hour away. Photo taken at Eraring, Lake Macquarie, great fishing at the Power Station outlet and some good nature walks on the Northern side. Sea Eagles and Whistling Kites nest here and at other locations around Lake Macquarie.



Richmond Vale Mining Museum, along the Mulbring Road, opens its gates on the first three Sundays of the month, and you can ride on trains pulled by one of SMR 's famous fleet of 10 Class Engines. They were in service here for most of the 20th century and were the last steam trains to work commercially in Australia. Train buffs come from all corners of the globe to see these unique engines - specially made for South Maitland Railways early in the 20th Century. The train ride will take you through Tomalpin bushland to the old Pelaw Main station. The museum has a souvenier shop, BBQ facilities and a kiosk for refreshments. Contact the museum for more information.

Mulbring, a small rural village, nestled between the Sugarloaf ranges and the Watagans, has some beautiful old churches, this one built from local sandstone. The pioneer graveyard is visited by many people interested in local and family history.

The quaint "grandstand" at Mulbring sports ground has seen quite a few cricket matches over the years and Mulbring's Roll of Honour for WW1 is on a plaque on the front. Wallis Creek Watergarden nursery, at Mulbring, is set in natural bushland. Water lilies, aquatic plants, wholesale and retail sales, open to the public.


Buttai Barn, provides a wonderful Australian experience in dining. Bush dancing, live bands, great food and a fun atmosphere. Ph. 0249303153. Buttai is a farming community just east of Kurri along John Renshaw Drive.


Mt Sugarloaf along George Booth Drive is a popular recreational park for people of the Newcastle region. It is the best known landmark in the Lower Hunter as it is crowned with two huge transmission towers. There are terrific bush walking trails, one that takes you to the very top of Sugarloaf with views over Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland and Kurri Kurri. Picnic areas. Other great lookouts along the ridge, Lyre Bird country.

Buchanan Gallery on Mt Vincent Road, Buchanan occupies the old Buchanan School and Teacher's Residence (1883). It's set in a couple of acres of grounds overlooking Wallis creek. Beautifully restored, the Gallery houses a fine collection of arts and craft from local artists. Recent Heritage Listing. Ph. (02) 4937 3170

Abermain and Pelaw Main are local towns celebrating their Centenary in 2003. Both towns border on the Tomalpin Woodlands.

Rusa Park Zoo at Nulkaba, just out of Cessnock (turn right into Lomas Lane) is a great place to take the family. Picnic area; walk-in bird aviery; water birds including Cape Barron Geese; monkeys, koalas, snakes and lizards, many species of deer, kangaroos, dingoes, ostriches and emus etc etc. Ph. (02) 4990 7714 or (02) 4990 1217.



Maitland Steamfest, staged in April every year. 20 minutes from Kurri, with courtesy buses from Maitland to Richmond Main Museum, Walka Water Works and South Maitland Railways at East Greta Junction.

Morpeth Jazz Festival about 30 minutes drive. Morpeth is an early River port established in the days of steam ships and the town has lost none of its charm. Wonderful food and interesting shops all year round. Best grammar pie!

Kurri Golf Club, at Heddon Greta and Kurri Bowling Club, Kurri Kurri welcome visitors to the area.