This scenic drive was recommended to us by the info centre. It was a drive which had many interesting stops.
Sights to see on the drive:
Dangarsleigh War Memorial, an unusual war memorial, worth a stop and a read.
Dangars Gorge & Falls - These were dry when we were there, but have seen photos of them with lots of water going over and they look magnificent.
Deeargee Woolshed - Built in 1869, its an unusual design, having a terraced roofline and an octagonal shearing stand.
The Woolshed is heritage listed and fully operational for shearing, sorting, pressing, baling and all other operations.
Gostwyck Chapel - Built in 1921, is a small Chapel, covered in ivy...........
STUNNING IN AUTUMN!
Two hundred Elm Trees line the road to Gostwyck Station.
If you have the time, do this round trip, where you get to see historical sites as well as nice scenery, and hopefully, water going over the falls!
It is well worth doing!
"McCrossin's Mill Museum is chartered to be one of the most progressive museums in regional Australia.
It's current motto is "Why Not?", which features on the volunteer museum attendants' "corporate" shirts.
Many visitors comment that there is something very different about McCrossin's Mill and that the exhibitions, and indeed the buildings and gardens, have "personality".
Displaying many pieces not seen at other museums, a visit to McCrossins Mill is sure to surprise you. Offering you three levels of memorabilia, displays and history, McCrossins Mill is bound to leave you being touched by the hard work and continuous efforts of the Uralla Historical Society.
This has evolved because of all the love, dedication and creativity that so many people have voluntarily poured into the place over the years."
Thus goes the blurb from the excellent web site hosted by the community of Uralla. What I can add is that the atmosphere comes from it being a building that is little changed and has a wonderful air of authenticity about it.
Hours of Operation
Open Daily 12 noon - 5.00pm
Weekends/Holidays 10.00am - 5.00pm or by appointment
Adults - $4.00
Concessions - $3.00
Children - $1.50
Family - $12.00
The heritage walk worked out by the local historical society is a good way to view the old architecture dating from the late 19th century that dots the town.
Marvel at the early architecture and its ability to withstand the years and remain in near pristine condition. Some, like the old library shown in pic 2, don't quite bear that statement out.
A lot of the buildings are now privately owned. The walk includes notes on some 32 buildings. It is planed to extend this walking tour with notes on approximately 50 buildings.
The walk starts at McCrossin's Mill in Salisbury Street opposite the Council Chambers and finishes just south of the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street, where the "Heritage Walking Tour" brochure may be obtained.
This foundry was moved from Bridge Street in 1872 to cater for the head (at that time) of the railroad. Whilst, today, it appears to be in a backwater, in its hayday it was the centre of much of the activity in Uralla.
During the 1880's the foundry was extremely busy making the iron lace work you see today that grace the buildings in Uralla and Armidale and even some of the buildings in Newtown and Glebe in Sydney's inner suburbs. The Foundry is fortunate in that it has the original patterns and moulds and is able to use these patterns to replace lost and broken ironwork or create new works from cast or aluminium.
Guided tours and blacksmith displays are available for groups and those on bus tours.
Tours incorporate examples of Brass, iron lace, cedar patterns, blacksmith-wrought iron in an atmosphere of yesteryear.
Gifts and souvenirs for sale are on display.
Presently the Foundry is open by appointment only. Individuals, couples, family groups and all other touring groups may contact the owner on 02 6778 3297 to make an appointment or alternatively call at the Thunderbolt Pie Co and Pizzaria in Bridge Street (New England Highway) to make a booking.
Don't be shy, all are welcome to call on him.
"It's my favourite bird," Mike said with passion.
"Really, never heard of it," was my uninformed reply.
"Look, I'll take you out in the paddock, there might be something out there."
So we ventured across the swollen stream, flowing as it hadn't for a year or so, and he dropped me off half a kilometre south of the homestead.
For the next hour I couldn't stop taking photographs and being constantly amazed at how much beauty there is on the planet. If only we could drag ourselves (me included) away from the computer a little more and enjoy.
I spied these two birds as they were flying, a brilliant blue circle on the underside of their wings made me think they were something special. I didn't realise they were the birds of which Mike had spoken.
Mike and Anne Thackway run a farm stay I frequent in the Uralla/Armidale area and they are fervent in their commitment to the environment and landcare, something that most property owners are, though sadly not all.
I watched not only these birds, the only species of the roller family to reach Australia, but several others as well. They weren't easy to photograph but a blind would prove very fruitful here one suspects.
Still, in addition to the birds I took some lovely landscapes that day (pics 2-5) and had a thoroughly wonderful time just being there.
WIth a name like that you'd expect British ancestry and this stunning little church, set amidst a glorious avenue of deciduous trees, is one of Australia's most photographed places of worship; though it's not used for that much these days, more for weddings.
In 1821, the ship "Jessie" arrived in the new English colony and Henry Dangar (1796-1861) disembarked. He was the assistant surveyor to one of Australia's most famous, John Oxley.
His grandson was Major Clive Collingwood Dangar M.C. (Military Cross) who died near the end of the First World War, aged just 36. The chapel was purchased from him.
Whether or not it's winter (1) or spring (2) or autumn, it always seems pretty around this idyllic setting.
This is the name of a scenic drive from URALLA to GLOUCESTER.
The scenery is beautiful, EXTRA NICE when the countryside is lush and green.
Heading from Uralla to Walcha, you pass by large Merino Sheep Stations.
About 5ks from Walcha is "Homeleigh Irish Town". This is a cluster of one room slab huts in which the Irish Shepherds lived in.
WALCHA is a pretty town with a National Trust house here.
Continuing on, the next town is NOWENDOC. A Motel is available here for a very reasonable price.
A climb up the mountain range and at the top is CARSON'S PIONEER LOOKOUT.
Stop here for the views and perhaps a break, picnic tables and Toilet are provided.
BRETTI RESERVE, is large area for camping and picnics.
Coming into GLOUCESTER, you pass by the "BUCKETTS", these are a clump of pretty hills.
Arrive at Gloucester, and stay here. There is all types of accommodation available here.
Uralla is a country town situated on the New England Highway, ...HIGHWAY 15......about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.
Two bigger cities are located either side, these are Tamworth and Armidale.
The name Uralla is known as "ceremonial meeting place" by the Aboriginals.
Uralla, has plenty of historic buildings and local history as it was established in 1840, but well and truly got going because of a gold rush in the 1850's.
1856, and the the goldfields were the largest in northern NSW, with some 5,000 miners, including many Chinese, working there.
There is nice iron lace work on quite a few buildings, I guess this is because the New England Brass & Iron Foundry is located here.
It was established in 1872 and is the oldest operating foundry in Australia.
Its open most days from 9-5, and you can do your own tour or a guided one.
Because of its location, this town has been a convenient stopping place on many occassions
The surrounding countryside is very pretty pastoral land known for its superfine wool and granite rocks, you will see some big "Merino Studs" on your travels around this area.
Take the time to stop, have a look, walk the street.................
There is a good information centre located by the park, with helpers that are very willing to give information on what to see and do!
The bushranger, Fred Ward, alias Captain Thunderbolt, was known as a BUSHRANGER AND A GENTLEMAN
He was killed near here in 1870, after being shot and then struck on the head by a policeman’s gun butt.
Thunderbolt was regarded by some as a Robin Hood figure, and was also known as the "gentleman bushranger" due to his reported politeness.
Lucky for us travellers, that he is not around today! although, it sounds like it would have been better to have him hold us up, rather than a lot of other bushrangers of the time!
He was not a violent thief. His career as a Bushranger began in1865 and ended with his death in 1870. They say that he did at least 200 crimes in that time.
Thunderbolts grave is in the old pioneer cemetery, just off the highway in John Street at Uralla. It is signposted, and there are other interesting graves here to peruse.
There also a statue of him on his Horse as you pass through town.
For more information on him, check out the website below.
At the northern end of the town on the eastern side there's always been a bit of vacant land. That land has now been made a feature by the addition of some sculpture, some plants and a bit of mowing.
Amazing what a bit of enthusiasm (and money) can achieve. Thus the Glen and Southern Cross constellation were born.
Just out the back of Uralla, above Alma Park on the western side, there's a public pathway that you can take. At certain times of the year, spring in this case, you might find some interesting sights like the weird starfish fungi that's slowly spreading around the town.
It is unusual with a lovely red "flower" spread around a yukky looking central brown sludge that smells - deliberately to attract flies that spread the spores. Interestingly it was the first fungus described and sent back by white man (the French D'Entrecasteaux expedition) during Australia's early days.
My friend Frank, who I walked with and who showed me where it was, doesn't like the brown stuff and washes it away with a water bottle before he takes a photograph.