Nundle is a very picturesque old goldmining village in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, about 60k from Tamworth. It's worth visiting at any time. But if The Great Nundle Dog Race is on when you are in the area, you must go!
The Great Nundle Dog Race is actually a fundraiser for the local school. It's run by Nundle Public School Parents and Citizens Association, and they do an amazing job.
Families and their dogs now come from all over NSW. It's usually held annually on the first Sunday in May - this year it was delayed a couple of weekends due to severe weather. Entry is via a gold coin, and it's only a couple of dollars to enter dogs for events. This makes it a very economical outing for families. However if you like, you can help the school out further by purchasing raffle tickets, food and drink plus very cute and reasonably priced merchandise, all available at various stalls on the day.
The Great Nundle Dog Race takes place at Nundle's oval. Bring a picnic blanket or camping chairs (don't forget an umbrella or hat), select a spot on the grass around the oval and make yourself comfortable to watch - or better still if you have a dog, take part in - a full program of races and events.
These include the Mongrel Invitation Stakes, the Juvenile Canine Mini Stakes, Doggy High Jump, Circular Dog Derby, the Steeplechase (where dogs race over a series of hay bales), Best Dressed Dog Fashion Parade and of course the main event of the day. Races are mostly organized by dog size, with the exception of very fast dogs like greyhounds and whippets who have their own special races.
We took our border collie this year and we all had a wonderful time. We didn't win anything, but we enjoyed watching our dog's delight at hanging around with lots of other dogs and being able to race them.
The Great Nundle Dog Race scores a five star recommendation from us, plus a huge thank you to the Nundle Public School Parents and Citizens Association for their hard work.
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