Known as the foodie capital of the New England High Country, Uralla offers a smorgasbord of delicious experiences, as well as rich gold rush and indigenous heritage. Visit boutique wineries, and an artisan brewery and distillery. Try your luck fossicking for gold and gems at nearby Wooldridge.
The historic town of Uralla is between Armidale and Tamworth. From Sydney or Brisbane, the drive is around 5h 30min. A train trip from Sydney to Uralla, via the Upper Hunter, is a relaxing way to enjoy the countryside. Or fly to Armidale and rent a car for the short drive south.
In the New England wine region, you can visit cellar doors at Eastview Estate and Dobson’s Distillery, and Merilba Estate Wines, which is co-located with the New England Cider Co. Beer aficionados will love New England Brewing Company, housed in a converted woolstore.
Buy handmade cheeses at Sunhill Dairy Goats, and meet the goats on a farm tour. The annual Seasons of New England Expo in March celebrates the region’s fine produce and artisan creations. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from camping and caravanning to cottages, motels, farm stays and heritage pubs.
The Uralla Heritage Walk is a great way to explore the town, capturing more than 50 heritage buildings. Pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour and other things to do in the area from the Uralla Visitor Information Centre, which is near a statue of bushranger Captain Thunderbolt.
At McCrossin’s Mill Museum learn all about Captain Thunderbolt, whose bushranging was brought to an end near Uralla in 1870. A short drive northwest along Thunderbolts Way is Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve, home to Aboriginal rock art that is up to 500 years old.
The natural beauty around Uralla is worth exploring. There’s enjoyable scenic drives, while cycling, bushwalking and horse riding are popular outdoor activities. Harlow Park Horse Riding offers a variety of wonderful experiences, from one or two-hour rides to multi-day camping treks.