Mudgee to Quirindi is a distance of 220 kms and can be covered in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. My friend and I were on a road trip in New South Wales, Australia. Driving from Sydney through Blue Mountains and the Capertee Valley, we arrived in Mudgee on the second day of our road trip. Mudgee is a quiet little town northwest of Sydney with colonial style buildings and dozens of wineries. After stopping over in Mudgee for the night, we drove to Quirindi the next morning, hoping to see the famous sunflower fields there in full bloom. However, by the time we arrived in Quirindi, the sunflowers had begun to wilt looking very sad and droopy. Later, I found out that one can actually register with the Quirindi Tourism Office for sunflower alerts by sending an email to email@example.com with “sunflowers” in the subject line.
Coming back to our road trip, even though we missed the sunflowers, we had an incredible road trip through some of the most scenic rural farmlands and stunning landscapes from Mudgee to Quirindi. We drove through vast, unpopulated and arid areas that gave us the feeling of being in The Outback - a name given to Australia’s deserted but spectacular interior and remote coasts. We also saw kangaroos, wallabies and wombats along the way. Kangaroos usually come out at dawn or dusk and are considered as potential driving hazards. They sometimes sit on the roads in the late evening hours and one has to be careful not to hit them while driving.
The road on the scenic route is not completely paved but it is suitable for all four wheel drives. We were in a compact Nissan SUV that my friend had rented from AVIS car rental in Manly, a beach-side suburb of northern Sydney.
At Quirindi, we stayed at the fairly new Best Western Quirindi RSL Motel. The motel was surprisingly lovely with a nice location, spacious rooms, new furniture, big bathrooms and great value for money.
Quirindi is a small town in the Liverpool Plains Shire with a population of 2,580. We stopped at the Qurindi Coffee Pot for a delicious breakfast the next day and the most amazing cup of coffee I had had in a long time!