Waterfall Way

The scenic drive from New England to Coffs Harbour



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Coffs Harbour



Hungry Head


Mylestom-North Beach

Nambucca Heads


Taylors Arm






Nestled in a picturesque pocket of the New England high country just 22kms south of Armidale, Uralla typifies the rural peace and tranquillity that lures city dwellers away from the metropolitan centres.


Once a favourite haunt of the infamous bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, his bronzed likeness looks out along a main street that has changed only marginally since the state troopers brought his reign of terror to an end in 1870.


Built in that same year, McCrossin's Mill has since been converted into a regional museum featuring an exhibition of paintings depicting Thunderbolt's last day. Around the corner, the New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry was built just two years later to create the iron lacework used in many of Sydney's famous terrace houses. It still operates as a working foundry today and visitors are welcome to join the regular tours.


More recent additions to the town include one of the best antiquarian bookshops you'll find outside the city and Hassett's.


And from time past to time immemorial, Dangar's Lagoon has been protected as a wildlife reserve for the hundreds of bird and animal species who have been visiting this pristine wetland since the days of Gondwanaland. Today's birdwatchers take cover in the bird hide as they sit in awe of nature's sunrise and sunset show.


As with the entire New England region, Uralla enjoys four distinct seasons. In winter, it's crisp and cold enough at night to warrant a roaring log fire while the days are clear and sunny. In spring and summer, the trees burst into life in a spectacular show of blossoms and wattles, and in autumn, the countryside is ablaze with the reds, oranges and yellows of the turning leaves.


Accommodation choices include motels, pubs, caravan parks, cozy B&Bs and family farm stays.


Military Museum - a must for lovers of war memorabilia - as well as an excellent smorgasbord of art and craft stores, country cafes and cozy restaurants.


The surrounding countryside also reflects a timeless grandeur at places like Gostwyck Station where the tiny roadside chapel is completely clothed in ivy and by the side of quiet streams where you'll find `Old Timers" still panning for alluvial gold in the tried and tested tradition.


Many of the families in this high country have been here for generations - characters like Max Brennan who remembers his first ride down Bull Run into the gorge country as an 18-month-old toddler tied to the front of his mother's saddle. These days, Max escorts visitors down that same breathtaking chute at the start of his overnight horseriding/camping adventures.


To the west of Uralla time turns back even further at Mt Yarrowyck where ancient Aboriginal artworks adorn the rock walls of a cave. The kilometre and a half walk to the paintings caterers for all tastes, there being a difficult and an easy way. Whilst strolling or struggling the walk allows you to stop and listen to nature at its best. 

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