AS the first leaves of Autumn start to fall, the rumble of dragons and ambitious gold prospectors can be heard on the outskirts of Tamworth.
Nundle's Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival is back for another year to highlight the small town's rich gold rush history.
And, festival-goers have a pretty good chance to strike gold with four genuine gold nuggets ready to be panned, festival committee member Megan Trousdale said.
"In our busiest year we've had 16,000 people over the two days," she said.
"At one of our festivals our treasurer did a survey of the businesses and stallholders and estimated more than $380,000 is spent over the two days just in Nundle.
"That doesn't take into account the spin-off benefits when people might by staying."
A highlight of the festival is traditional dance from Chinese dance group the Australian Yau Kung Mun Association.
There are families in Nundle that do have heritage that traces back to the gold rush days.Megan Trousdale
If that's not your cup of herbal tea there are nearly 100 food, produce and craft market stalls, a magician, Library on the Lawn and Multicultural Tamworth with calligraphy demonstrations and Chinese cooking.
Woolomin Public School P&C will run an animal nursery, jumping castle and face painting.
The festival gives a direct link to the heritage of the area, Ms Trousdale said.
"There are families in Nundle that do have heritage that traces back to the gold rush days," she said.
"Last year there was an Aboriginal memorial unveiled at the museum so we have a lot of families with connections to the Anaiwan and Kamilaroi groups.
"There are families still living in Nundle today with a long history here."
The Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival is on in Nundle April 20 to 21.