Curlewis is a very small town on the approach to Gunnedah, after Quirindi. Curlewis is a mini diversion from the main hgy.  For the traveller there is no reason to take that diversion. As small as the town might be it qualifies for the Bustout Synopsis.

Curlewis was founded by Henry Thomas Pike, a sawmiller from Norfolk who became the mayor of Gunnedah.

In 1909 the railway station opened as a stop on the Mungindi branch line, but has since closed. Livestock sales commenced in 1919 in Curlewis and were, for many years, held in alternate weeks at Gunnedah and Curlewis until improvements to the Gunnedah saleyards, eclipsed Curlewis's yardings and led to yard’s closure.

The lack of a nearby river has contributed to Curlewis having persistent water problems and water shortage. In 1950, the council had to desilt an old earthen dam and erect a tank from which Curlewis residents could draw water. Reticulated water was connected to Curlewis in 1972.

The Curlewis Hotel does give cause for a pause when passing by, and given the pubs profile from the main hgy many a driver may make the refreshment stop.

The United Church is an old and new together.

The Curlewis War Memorial languishes on the gates of the sport ground.

Should one have a peruse an earlier and brighter era is evident.

Heritage diary


  Fireplace   Dump Station
  General Store   Bottled Gas
  Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans   Accommodation
  Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
  Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course