WHAT TO DO
KURRI KURRI MURALS PROJECT
The largest outdoor display in mainland Australia
Kurri Kurri and the surrounding villages have over 60 outdoor public artworks on display, showcasing the history and heritage of this region.
The murals provide a visual journey, telling the stories of the people, events and places that shaped the area’s unique character, culture and heritage.
An image of a kookaburra, the emblem of Kurri Kurri, is contained in each of the murals. See if you can spot them all!
Groups can undertake a tour by one Of our local guides (bookings essential)
Or you can pick up a handy mural map at the Kurri Kurri Visitor Centre for a self-guided tour.
THE BIG KOOKABURRA
On the list of one of the many “BIG” things found in Australia. The Kookaburra is a native Australian bird found in Kurri Kurri. The kookaburra appears in every one of a series of murals and is also used as a mascot for many community and sports groups.
Standing at almost 5 metres tall, the statue was erected in late 2009 to mark Hydro Aluminium’s 40th year in the area. Created by Chris Fussell, the combined Big Kookaburra can be found in Col Brown Rotary Park at the centre of the town.
PITHORSE STATUE & MINING MEMORIAL
A life-sized bronze statue of a pit horse, skip and wheeler to honour the memory of the pit horses that worked in the local underground mines between 1861 and the 1950’s.
Created by sculptor Brett Garling, the Towns with Heart project can also be found in the Col Brown Rotary Park.
KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL
The annual Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is all about Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot rods, Fashion, Music, Dancing and everything good about the 50’s and 60’s.
First held in 2004, the festival has established itself as one of the Hunter’s premier festivals, featuring all things rock n roll, cars, music, fashion and dancing.
Held annually on the last weekend in March, the festival attracts crowds of people to our town, making it one of the largest festivals of its kind in Australia and a feature tourism event.
There’s a classic car and hot rod ‘Show and Shine’, a huge range of quality retro market stalls and food vans, lots of free entertainment, rock n roll dance demonstrations, main stage performances, feature bands, fashion parades, best-dressed competitions, side show alley and much more. Plus nightly events with lots of great ‘rock n roll’ and ‘rockabilly’ dances at local venues.
FIELD OF HONOUR – ANZAC DAY
The Field of Honour is held annually on ANZAC Day at Kurri Kurri Cemetery, since 2019.
The display involves a temporary installation of Australian and Commonwealth flags on the graves of returned diggers to pay respect to those who served. The display of around 300 flags waving in the breeze is an amazing sight and attracts many visitors, including families and friends of the diggers and the general public.
RICHMOND VALE RAILWAY MUSEUM
The Museum is located in an attractive bushland setting off Leggetts Drive Richmond vale, approximately 4km south of the Hunter valley township of Kurri Kurri. It is the only operating heritage railway north of the Hawkesbury. The museum is a family-friendly location. In addition to the historical displays, the site offers the following attractions:
• Unlimited full-sized train rides
• Miniature train rides
• Child-accessible signalling activity
• Historic films in the mining museum
• Picnic tables
• Souvenir shop
THE SIR EDGEWORTH DAVID MEMORIAL MUSEUM
The museum was established in 1971 in an attempt to preserve the region’s heritage. These days visitors can inspect the 5,000 individual items on display which include –
- Family history resources
- Household items
- Sporting items
- Mining items
- Farming items
- Military items
- Musical instruments
- Radios and televisions
- Aboriginal artifacts
KURRI KURRI SPEEDWAY
KURRI KURRI AQUATIC CENTRE
Kurri Kurri Aquatic & Fitness Centre is the premier gym and indoor swimming pool in Kurri Kurri managed by Belgravia Leisure.
Aquatic facilities consist of a heated 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool, a heated 10m leisure pool with a hydrotherapy spa seat area and a toddler beach area where the little ones can play under the fountain and various bubble spouts. Aqua Aerobics and group fitness classes are offered. Various equipment is available to aide easy access for disabled patrons.
PARKS AND WALKS
Relax in one of our many family-friendly parks, bring your own picnic and let the kids have fun. or enjoy the natural beauty of the area on one of our bush walks.
Col Brown Rotary park is located on the main street of Kurri Kurri providing a picnic and rest area for visitors and a starting point for mural tours. Col Brown Rotary park is also the location for the Big Kookaburra and the community Wall.
Peace park at Weston is a popular spot for families with picnic facilities, barbecues, playground, toilets, walking and bike tracks and plenty of car parking.
Log of Knowledge Park at Pelaw Main has a children’s playground, picnic facilities and visitor information.
Kurri Kurri Heritage and Naturewalk — Explore the town and natural bushland areas with the Kurri Kurri Heritage and Nature walk, which highlights several historical buildings along Lang Street, Rotary Park, Log of Knowledge Park and a beautiful bushland walk along the old Richmond Vale Railway.
Kookaburra walk starts from Log of Knowledge Park in Pelaw Main. Werakata National park has great cycling and walking trails and in spring they’re lined with purple, orange and yellow wildflowers, like acacias and banksias.
Bring some local Hunter Valley produce to the park and set up at a pretty AStills picnic area. Then cycle along Deadmans mountain bike loop or AStills trail, which are easy, flat and suitable for any fitness level.
Birdwatchers who come to Werakata are never disappointed; the abundance of food in the park attracts the likes of the threatened swift parrot or regent honeyeater as well as several species of robin.
HUNTER VALLEY WAY TOURIST DRIVE
Hunter Valley Way is a self-drive tour through the Hunter Valley which passes through Kurri Kurri.
Avoid the freeway and highway traffic and enjoy the scenery of the Hunter Valley, quaint towns, beautiful wineries and rural landscapes.
Take the Cessnock exit from the MI Motorway at Freeman’s Waterhole and follow the green and blue signs.