A charming small town with many heritage buildings, Murrurundi sits on the banks of the Pages River, in NSW’S Upper Hunter Valley, 65 kilometres north of Muswellbrook. European settlement of Murrurundi began in the 1840s. It was an important railway centre between 1872 and 1926, when railway operations moved. Today, with a population of about 1000, it remains a service town for local industries, including sheep, beef and horse studs. Tourism is an important part of the economy, too, with attractions including the Michael Reid Gallery (left), several National Trust-listed buildings and the King of the Ranges stockman’s challenge and bush festival, held in May each year.