Running from Willow Tree just south of Tamworth, to the back of Bourke, the Kamilaroi Highway offers the most direct route from the Great Divide to the Great Outback. Kamilaroi's iconic towns and settlements give you every excuse to extend your journey over several days, with each stop presenting its own unique slice of life in the bush.
Make the most of your Kamilaroi adventure by taking a guided tour of the local attractions. Let a local expert map out a scenic detour along the roads less travelled.
Some of the unique annual events along the route include:
5 – 6 March, 2016 Who’d A Thought It Music Festival, Quirindi
March, Carp Muster Burren Junction March, Nosh on the Namoi, Narrabri and regular art exhibitions at the Narrabri Art and Craft Centre
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards (opens each March) and the Annual Porchetta Day (in September), Gunnedah
April, Lightning Ridge Arts and Crafts Easter exhibitions
Poetry on a Plate You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music. The season runs from April through until October 6.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night’s at Kidman’s Camp, North Bourke
30. April – 1 May 2016 18th Annual Vintage Machinery & Miniature Railway Rally & Swap Meet, Quirindi
12 – 15 May 2016 Currabubula Art Show, Currabubula Hall
June till September Back O’ Bourke Outback Show featuring Camels, Clydesdales, Trick horses, Working Dogs, Bullocks. The funniest show this side of the Black Stump! Bourke
The Lightning Ridge Opal festival is a four day event usually held over the last week in July and includes the Opal Queen Ball, Opal & Gem Festival, IOJDAA Trade Show, Jewellery Competition (biennial - 2015)Lightning Ridge
August, Bulldust to Bitumen Festival Walgett
Around early September The Festival of a Thousand Stories is a celebration of storytelling, art, poetry and music on the banks of the Darling River, Bourke
Outback Archies around September each year, Outback Arts Gallery, Coonamble
15 – 17 October 2016 Art and All that Jazz Festival, Wallabadah
ARTober Every October, Lighting Ridge celebrates their rich art community and have created a map to take you on a self-guided tour of the exciting local artwork in town and on the opal fields. This town is full of arts, crafts, culture and hidden treasures. There is a map for a self-guided tour of the rich and exciting local artwork in town and on the opal fields.
Visit the Kamilaroi Highway WEBSITE for more details.