New tourist route for Kurri Kurri, Cessnock

07 Oct, 2011 04:00 AM

KURRI Kurri and Cessnock could soon feature on a new tourist route following a decision by Cessnock Council to push for the towns to be included in a newly recognised tourist drive through historic coalmining sites and the vineyards.

Greens councillor James Ryan suggested to the council this week there was a great opportunity to bring more tourists through Kurri Kurri on their way to wine country, and the sandstone charms of Wollombi, once the Hunter Expressway opened.

“Kurri Kurri is an area that is often under-appreciated and has a lot of heritage to offer tourists with fabulous public murals as well as the great Richmond Main Mining Museum,” Cr Ryan said.

He said the Hunter Expressway gave the council the chance to have a lot of tourists who would have bypassed Kurri Kurri, and miss experiencing the town, its heritage and surrounding bushland.

Greens councillor Chris Parker said the Kurri Kurri area was often overshadowed by the “big tourist destination of wine country.”

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