While staying in Newcastle in New South Wales, we spent a lazy Sunday afternoon driving to the Hunter Valley. This area is best known for it’s vineyards, and on any other day we would probably have done some wine tasting. The day we were there though was Easter Sunday, and most places were closed for the Easter weekend. We were happy just to drive through, and on the way back to Newcastle came across the town of Kurri Kurri.
Kurri Kurri (just called Kurri by the locals) has a population of around 6000. It is an old mining town, originally serving many of the coal mines in the area. Now there are only two mines operating. It looks like any other small town in Australia. Barely a person to be seen on a public holiday, and almost everything closed. But the sign as we entered town caught my eye. “The Town of Murals” it proclaimed! I am a sucker for street art, so we detoured off the main road into the centre of town to have a look.
Below are some of the murals on display in the town. We saw a few others as we were leaving, and there are probably even more we did not see. Almost every large blank wall has a mural. What a great way to brighten up a town to make an impression.
Kurri Kurri was well worth an hour wandering around there. If you are driving to the Hunter Valley to do some wine tasting, then drive off the main road into this town for a quick look. There also looked like there were some good options for lunch too, with pubs offering well-priced meals. We didn’t try any as we had already eaten, but some looked more appealing than our fast food meal we had grabbed while driving.
To see what’s on in Kurri Kurri, head over to their website here. You can also find details of a guided mural walk if you have a group of ten people or more.