|Address:||Kamilaroi Highway, Quirindi 2343|
|Phone:||(02) 6746 2083 (President)|
|(02) 67462933 (Promotions Officer)|
|Open:||Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am – 4pm|
Be inspired by the development of rural Australia. The Quirindi Rural Heritage Village is set on 13 acres, just 3kms from Quirindi on the Gunnedah Road, in the heart of the rich farming area – the Liverpool Plains. The village has been designed to collect, preserve, restore, interpret and exhibit artefacts that relate to the history, heritage and culture of the regional area.
The first two pavilions, main exhibition area and a most interesting and very well presented Museum and refreshing Coffee Shop are now operational.
The annual Machinery Rally and Swap Meet held in the autumn attracts people and their machines from all over Australia and internationally. It showcases the restoration of machines from the past, ranging from tractors and steam engines, from collections of smaller items such as shearing gear, lawn mowers and also craft items to interest the ladies.
A tractor trek and street procession give the vintage tractors and car enthusiasts a chance to show off their prized possessions and the children are kept entertained with special events such as pumpkin bowling. The scarecrow competition is growing in popularity, with the town and district graced by their presence.
The Village has exhibits ranging from aboriginal heritage through to the explorers and early settlers; it demonstrates the trials and tribulations faced by the pioneers of this vast country. Take a journey in 50 year increments and see how your forebears lived in days gone by.
A beautifully restored buggy, a penny farthing bicycle, a foot pedalled dentists drill, and early household and office equipment are just some of the numerous items on display.
A mock solicitors office with early Dictaphone machines is a recently constructed attraction.
The Federation Pavilion, which houses the extensive museum and coffee shop are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Other times by appointment.