Set in hilly granite countryside of the NSW Northern Tablelands, Uralla is a charming town with four distinct seasons. Arguably at its most striking in autumn, when the poplars change colour, it’s also known for its rich history and excellent local food and wine.
Uralla is quickly becoming somewhat of a foodie destination, home to boutique wineries, local markets, cafes and restaurants. The New England Brewing Company is a must-visit for devotees of the amber liquid; beers are handmade in the Old Woolstore, tours are available daily and the tasting bar is open Thursday through to Sunday from 11.00am. You can taste top cool-climate wines at Whyworry Wines or the cellar door at Merilba Estate Wine, which also includes the New England Cider Co. Be sure to book in for a leisurely weekend lunch at Merilba Estate or Eastview Estate, or for a counter meal, head to Top Pub, next door to the New England Brewing Company.
For a unique farm gate experience, visit Sunhill Dairy Goats, where you can meet the goats, take a tour of the farm and taste cheeses made on site. Sunhill Dairy Goats is just 8km from the centre of Uralla and is open to the public most days.
Uralla also offers fascinating insight into the gold-rush days of the 1850s. Stretch your legs on the Uralla Heritage Walk, which has 30 historic buildings along the route. The town is also famous for its connection with bushranger Fred Ward, a.k.a Captain Thunderbolt, who was killed near Uralla in 1870. You can visit Thunderbolt's Grave in the local cemetery, and if you're visiting in late October, don't miss Thunderbolt's Festival. Follow the Mount Mutton Walking Trail, a pretty walk which takes 30-45 minutes and follows Thunderbolt’s Way.
Don't forget to check the Tamworth area events calendar before your trip. You can also discover more of the Tamworth area by joining a tour, or why not take a road trip and explore the area surrounding Uralla, discovering even more great local food, as well as sites of historical and natural importance.