Big Sky Country:
This is Australia's big outdoors where the stars seem to touch the earth. A chance to take
the road less travelled and enjoy great country hospitality rural Australia at its best.
Visit Tamworth and Armidale or venture further afield to Moree, Narrabri and other farming
centres. Each has its own appeal.
Cultural Centre and Keeping Place:
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, in Armidale, is a community based
gallery where everyone can experience the diversity of Australian Indigenous arts and
A rich history of settlement ranging from the early days of grazing and mining to later
developments in education and business has left a legacy of fine architecture, picturesque
farm buildings, historic monuments, museums and galleries to interest visitors.
Barraba, an award winning tourist location, is a pleasant small town about 90km north of
Tamworth in the New England area of New South Wales. The town is proud of its tree lined
streets, its small parks and picnic spots.
Pastoralists, predominantly Scots, settled in Glen Innes in 1838, and the town was
gazetted in 1852. Find out what to do and where to stay from the Glen Innes Visitor
Visitors to Gunnedah, in the heart of the Namoi Valley, are always pleasantly surprised
with attractions that include several memorials, the Rural Museum, one of the healthiest
Koala colonies in the State, Waterways Wildlife Park, Keepit Dam, the Bindea Walk, Lions
Club Town Tour, Porcupine Lookout and of course the abundant natural beauty and wildlife.
Guyra offers visitors clean air, beautiful gardens, historic unique natural attractions
and a friendly atmosphere.
At 1320 metres above sea-level Guyra is the most elevated town of the New England
Tablelands. Located 38km north of Armidale, 563km north-north-east of Sydney and 427km
south-west of Brisbane, it has a population of 2000 people.
Inverell is situated on the Macintyre River, in the centre of the New England tablelands.
Travellers can reach Inverell by air, with two services daily, or there's a Countrylink
rail service -- with a train from Sydney to Tamworth, followed by a coach service from
Tamworth to Inverell.
Lightning Ridge is an Opal mining town with unique Black Opal deposits. This directory
shows what is available and what you can do in Lightning Ridge.
Manilla is a service centre to a rich wheat-growing, wool, mixed farming and fat livestock
district, at the junction of the Namoi and Manilla Rivers. There are also a number of
attractions for visitors.
The Moree Plains Gallery is one of the most important historic buildings in Moree. The
large downstairs space is used for major exhibitions and is dedicated to the Kamilaroi
Moree promotes itself as the 'Artesian Spa Capital'. The mineral-rich water emerges at 41
degrees Celsius and is pumped into the public pool complex via both underwater spa jets
and, for therapeutic and pleasurable effect, by above-pool spouts.
The jewel in Narrabri Shire's crown, Mount Kaputar National Park dominates the skyline
from all approaches to the shire and seems to beckon visitors to spend time discovering
its secrets. You'll also find modern shops, wonderful natural attractions and a warm
welcome waiting for you.
Located 400km north of Sydney, via the New England Highway, Nundle is an old goldmining
town situated amidst some genuinely spectacular scenery between the towering slopes of the
Great Dividing Range and the Peel River.
Approximately 66km south of Tamworth is the town of Quirindi -- the gateway to the fertile
Liverpool Plains and the vast grazing areas of the north-west.
Tamworth City Gallery provides a cultural and educational resource for the city of
Tamworth and surrounding regions through a distinctive program of changing exhibitions,
public programs and associated activities.
Best known as the Country Music Capital, Tamworth draws some 50,000 visitors each year to
its internationally acclaimed ten-day Country Music Festival in January. But there's more
to Tamworth than country music.
Tenterfield sits astride the Great Dividing Range at the northern end of the New England
Highway, 18kms from the Queensland border.
At its most glorious in autumn, the Uralla district is a wonderful place to spend some
time. Half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway, the area is steeped
in history, from aboriginal rock art to gold fever and the legend of bushranger,
Walgett Shire is located on the productive black soil plains of northern New South Wales
and encompasses the towns of Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri and the villages of
Carinda, Burren Junction, Rowena, Grawin and Cumborah.