HAVILAH on the Mudgee to Ilford road - Part 1
Our helpful lady at the Tourist info centre in Mudgee asked where we were off to next. Our answer was to Bathurst, via Sofala.
She said to us, rather than go down the main road, to take the scenic Tourist drive instead.
Well we took her info, and am so glad we did, as this road had plenty of interesting sights and nice scenery.
So, hop in the virtual travel car, and we will begin our journey
Our 1st sighting, was a huge Homestead in the distance, couldn't see much of it, but found out it was Havilah Station (built 1850's)
The property, which received its name after a visiting clergyman discovered specks of gold and, citing from Genesis, referred to it as the ‘land of Havilah’, it became famous for breeding a fine strain of merino sheep.
The impressive homestead was originally a ten-room mansion . When it changed hands, extensions were added, these were finished in the mid-1880s.
The homestead with its two-storey brick wings on the east and west of the house, chapel-like kitchen and massive chimneys made this a magnificent building. It is registered with the National Trust of New South Wales.
The new owner still concentrated on sheep-breeding, but he also developed a stud of race-horses which became famous throughout New South Wales.
Follow the Brown tourist drive signs that say to Lue (take the Lue road)