Kurri Kurri is a little town in the Hunter Valley that is steeped in history & heritage, both in farming & mining. It also has many murals depicting the history.
The small community group is continually active in Kurri Kurri and the surrounding villages of Abermain, Stanford Merthyr, Weston, Heddon Greta, Pelaw Main and Neath. The Mural program was initiated to address the local level of unemployment and to facilitate local business growth and development by the Towns with Heart Inc in 2003. They decided to undertake this program with the aim of getting more of the thousands of cars that pass through the town, to stop and see what Kurri Kurri has to offer, thereby injecting much needed tourist dollars into the area.
There are more than 60 murals throughout the township & surrounding area & have proved to be a real draw card with bus loads of people arriving regularly.
Local artists were engaged to paint their creations onto the buildings which are stunning.
They had a free reign to paint what they wanted so the subjects are vastly different thou illustrate the history & the murals provide a visual journey, telling the stories of the people, events and places that shaped the area’s unique character, culture, and heritage. They also had to include a Kookaburra in the artwork as it is the symbol of Kurri Kurri.
We decide to investigate these murals for ourselves as we were staying nearby.
Wow! We were totally captivated by the detail that the artists included into their paintings, certainly extremely talented & lots of family fun finding them.
After a few hours taking in the incredible displays, the tummy rumbles steered us to Kurri Sea Foods & take away in Barton Street for some delicious fish, chips & Calamari.
You can book a guided tour of the murals for a small fee or simply download the free map & head off as we did.
Definitely, worth the visit!
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