New England Holidays
The New England region stretches from the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, south to the country music centre of Tamworth and west to cotton fields of Narrabri. This is an area of undulating tablelands, deep gorges, lush pastures, forests and national parks.
If farm stays, 4WD treks, trout fishing, gem fossicking, spa baths, bushwalking and country music is your kind of vacation, then New England is for you.
Places of Interest - New England
Tenterfield - join Aboriginal guides for the Woollool Woollool Cultural Tours. Visit Bald Rock, Boonoo Boonoo Falls, Thunderbolt's Hideout, used by the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. See Ghost Gully with its unusual formations.
Glen Innes - settled originally by Scots and several well preserved original buildings remain in the main street. See the Standing Stones above the town. The Australian Music Festival is held in October. The Gibraltar Range National Park is east of the town. Take the opportunity to try your luck with fossicking for gemstones.... or maybe trout fishing in mountain streams in season.
Inverell - a history based on tin and blue sapphires so there is plenty of fossicking opportunities. Visit the Pioneer Village and Gwydir Ranch Park (4WD) for fishing and canoeing. Visit the Dejon Sapphire centre, which is still an operating plant. Try your luck fishing for cod, perch and catfish on Lake Copeton.
Armidale - at an elevation of over 1000 metres and known for its gorges and waterfalls. This is a university town with a large student population. World Heritage listed New England National Park is a must. More of the same at the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park south of the town.
Visit the New England Regional Art Museum and Armidale Folk Museum. Saumarez Homestead is a fine example of the architecture of the period. The Cathedral Rock National Park is east of town. There is a restored mining village at Hillgrove, also east of town. Try clifftop abseiling, trout fishing in mountain streams, gold fossicking, canoeing on Dumaresq Dam.
Tamworth - the country music capital of Australia. The 11 day Tamworth country music festival is held each January. Several horse events take place during the year. Lots of opportunity for farm stays, horse riding, sailing and fossicking at several sites. There is fishing at Manilla and Lake Keepit with trout in the MacDonald River and Dungowan Creek.
Moree - best known for its warm mineral artesian spa baths. Aboriginal art is on display at the Moree Plains Gallery and the Yurundiali Aboriginal Corporation. Visit Trawalla Pecan nut farm, the largest in the southern hemisphere as well as cotton farm and gin tours in season.
Narrabri - services the surrounding cotton farming communities.The huge Australia Telescope is situated west of town.