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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.

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