Take time out from the Country Music Festival to explore Uralla

Uralla is often described as the jewel of the Tablelands.

In the cool of the Northern Tablelands, Uralla offers a wide range of interests for a visit. 

This gem of a town has many beautiful facets. Here are some things to do and see while in Uralla.

  • Fossicking. Gold is surprisingly accessible at the Wooldridge Fossicking Reserve (you can hire pans from the Visitor Information Centre), and there are also other precious finds, such as sapphires and Uralla diamonds.
  • Award-winning McCrossin’s Mill Museum offers extensive exhibitions on the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt (whose grave is at the pioneer cemetery), early Aboriginal culture, gold mining and the Chinese contribution to early mining, as well as rower Ned Trickett , Australia’s first world champion in any sport. His prize cup is also on display at the museum.
  • Award-winning Eastview Winery and Dobson’s Distillery at Kentucky was the first brewery and distillery in the New England and offers tastings and fine dining using local produce.
  • Aboriginal cave paintings and restful Mount Yarrowyck Reserve has clear waters for picnics, camping and bird watching.
  • Beautiful cafes and great pubs abound in Uralla offering food for all palates. Try the Foodie Trail for something really special.
  • Boutique cold climate wineries, breweries and goat dairy: Merilba Estate Wines near Kingstown and Whyworry Wines – just 4km from town, as well as New England Brewing which is right in Uralla.
  • Touring through the magnificent Northern Tablelands, which produces some of the world’s finest beef, lamb and superfine merino wool. Explore the lovely back roads.

Take a day out from the Tamworth Country Music Festival and visit Uralla. 

ORGANICALLY grown plants suited to the New England climate are a speciality of Little Ladybird Plant Nursery, according to owner, horticulturalist Julie Hicks.

The nursery, on the highway, stays open till 6pm during the warm months.

“This is our seventh year in business, and we can give customers good advice about what will grow best in each season,” Ms Hicks said. Phone 6778 3098.

A HOBART Class Air Warfare Destroyer greets customers at Defence Models in Bridge Street.

Owner Russ French built the replica over two years and says it’s a great example of some of the models and materials that can be bought in the shop. 

“We build models for Defence, but our shop customers include all ages interested in model making as a hobby,” Mr French said.

Phone  6778 3325.

HAND-MADE mobiles featuring kookaburras, locally designed and made rural style homewares and wallwares are just some of the goods and homewares sold at Highland Living, in Bridge Street.

Co-owners Sonia Repin and Felicity Nivison have built a reputation for selling eclectic, fashionable wares such as embroidered bed linen.

Highland Living is open every day except Tuesday. Phone 0419 11957.