From trout fishing in pretty streams to birdwatching in protected wetlands, outdoor adventure is on your doorstep in Guyra, the highest town in the beautiful New England High Country. Nearby national parks offer great bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.
The surrounding farmlands produce some of Australia’s finest beef, lamb and wool, as well as potatoes, while tomatoes ripen in glasshouses. The delightful Lamb and Potato Festival in January celebrates the local produce, with market stalls, entertainment and family fun.
You’ll find plenty of waterways for fishing, as well as trout farms, where you can enjoy fishing, tours, BBQs and picnics. Milani Trout Cottages is an ideal place to stay when hooking rainbow trout and the annual TroutFest held over the October long weekend is the perfect fishing escape.
Bring your binoculars for birdwatching at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a special reserve on the edge of Guyra that’s a rare breeding place for freshwater wetland bird species. A short drive north is the Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, another wetlands sanctuary for many bird species.
The drive to Guyra from Armidale is 30 minutes. From Coffs Harbour, via the gorgeous Waterfall Way scenic drive, it’s 2h 30min. Spectacular natural attractions to explore near Guyra include Ebor Falls, in the Guy Fawkes River National Park, and the Cathedral Rock National Park.
There are several accommodation options available in Guyra and more places to stay in the broader Armidale area, including B&Bs, hotels, motels, guesthouses, caravan parks and farm stays. Guyra is in the acclaimed New England wine region, renowned for its food and wine.