It’s all about outdoor adventure when you visit Guyra in the New England region of NSW. It’s the place for trout fishing in pristine streams or bird-watching in protected wetlands, though there’s plenty more to do if you’d rather increase the adrenalin factor.
Guyra is the highest town in the New England High Country and nearby national parks offer fantastic rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities for all levels. There are also many hikes and kayaking routes. Explore the spectacular Ebor Falls, in the Guy Fawkes River National Park, the Cathedral Rock National Park.
The surrounding farmlands produce some of Australia’s finest beef and lamb, as well as potatoes and tomatoes. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can sample them, though the Lamb and Potato Festival in January is the best way to celebrate local produce.
Fishing and birdwatching
You’ll find plenty of waterways for fishing around Guyra, as well as trout farms where you can enjoy fishing, tours, BBQs and picnics. Milani Trout Cottages is an ideal place to stay when fishing for rainbow trout and the annual TroutFest held over the October long weekend is a fun fishing escape.
Bring your binoculars for birdwatching at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a reserve on the edge of Guyra that’s a breeding place for freshwater wetland bird species. A short drive north is the Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, another wetlands sanctuary for many bird species.
Getting there and where to stay
Guyra is just over six hours’ drive from Sydney and 30min from Armidale. You can also get the train from Sydney to Armidale and take a coach to Guyra, with the whole journey taking around nine hours. Or fly into nearby Armidale Airport. There are several accommodation options in Guyra and more places to stay in the broader Armidale area.