In the beautiful New England High Country, Uralla is home to boutique wineries, enticing cafes and pubs, vineyard restaurants and an artisan brewery and distillery. You’ll discover fascinating gold rush and indigenous heritage, too. And try your luck fossicking for gold and gems at nearby Wooldridge.
Uralla is a pretty historic town between Armidale and Tamworth. From Sydney or Brisbane the drive is over five hours. A scenic train trip from Sydney to Uralla, via the Upper Hunter, is a lovely way to enjoy the countryside. You can also fly to Armidale and rent a car for the short drive south to Uralla.
Tasty experiences in this part of the acclaimed New England wine region include cellar doors at Merilba Estate Wines, which is also home to the New England Cider Co., and Eastview Estate and Dobson’s Distillery. Beer lovers can rejoice at the New England Brewing Co.’s converted woolstore.
At Sunhill Dairy Goats you can buy handmade cheeses. The annual Seasons of New England in March celebrates the region’s fine produce and artisan creations. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Uralla, from camping and caravanning to cottages, motels, farm stays and heritage pubs.
With more than 50 heritage buildings, the Uralla Heritage Walk is a great way to explore. You can pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour and other wonderful things to do in the area from the Uralla Visitor Information Centre, a stroll from a statue of colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt.
At McCrossin’s Mill Museum learn more about Captain Thunderbolt, whose marauding was brought to end by Constable Alexander Binning Walker near Uralla in 1870. A short drive northwest along Thunderbolt’s Way is Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve and Aboriginal rock art up to 500 years old.
The natural beauty around Uralla is worth exploring. You’ll enjoy lovely scenic drives and cycling, bushwalking and horseriding are popular outdoor activities. Harlow Park Horse Riding offers a variety of wonderful experiences, from one or two hour rides to multiday camping treks.