New England (New South Wales)
New England  is a region in the north-eastern area of New South Wales north of the Hunter Valley and inland from the north coast of New South Wales and the Northern Rivers. The New England region includes all of the high plateau area known as the Northern Tablelands. These Tablelands have four National Parks that are listed World Heritage Areas and form part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia.
The region also has historical buildings, fine museums, renowned art collections, superb fishing, fossicking, bushwalking, festivals, markets, pubs, clubs, fine restaurants and the breathtaking gold of autumn which is so much a part of the New England.
The New England region has two cities:
A number of smaller towns including the following Northern Tableland towns:
There is a wide range of 27 main national parks in the New England region, plus some smaller parks and nature reserves. The World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park is also located nearby.
There is a wide variation in the climate of the region, especially if one includes the western slopes section, that is occasionally included. Guyra, Uralla and Walcha are noted for having very frosty nights that may cause diesel to solidify in vehicles causing the engine to stop or run abnormally. Usually the vehicle will run normally without intervention, when the morning warms, at about 9 am.
Walcha, the south-east gateway to the New England, is 425 km north of Sydney via the scenic Thunderbolts Way (the shortest route from Sydney) and 184 km west of Port Macquarie. Uralla is 40 km further on along Thunderbolts Way, at the junction of the New England Highway.
Tamworth, Uralla, Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield are the main centres located on the New England Highway, an inland route that links the Hunter Valley and Sydney to Brisbane. Armidale is also accessible from the coast via the scenic Waterfall Way via Raleigh, near Coffs Harbour.
Coach: Sydney to Brisbane and return via the New England Highway (includes Tamworth, Armidale, Uralla, Glen Innes and Tenterfield) daily on Greyhound; Greyhound on 132030. Greyhound
Countrylink trains connect Sydney to Tamworth, Walcha Road (for Walcha), Uralla and then terminate in Armidale. Brisbane-Sydney return (includes Armidale, Tenterfield): Daily on Countrylink coach service. Countrylink trains are air-conditioned and equipped with comfortable seats. Food, including hot lunches and dinners, is available from a buffet car onboard. It is essential to book Countrylink tickets in advance.
New England is known for its spectacular gorges and waterfalls. It also experiences four distinct seasons, and many of the introduced tree species provide beautiful colours in the autumn. The species native to the area are no less beautiful, and include a number of endemic species.
Wollombi Gorge, a deep gorge with a spectacular waterfall
Ebor Falls, spectacular waterfalls
Point Lookout and Antarctic beeches], New England National Park -- Point Lookout gives you a spectacular view over the rest of the mountain range from a high point, and is an easy walk from the car park. The Antarctic beeches provide a glimpse of Gondwanan rainforest. There are many other longer, more challenging walks nearby, too.
Mount Yarrowyck nature reserve & rock art site
Eateries are plentiful in the cities and towns of the New England. Some of these are specialising in meals made from local produce. See under the individual destinations for more detail.
Drinking spots are readily available in the cities and towns of the New England.
New England is also home to a small number of wineries, which benefit from the high altitude cool climatic conditions. Wineries are fairly spread out geographically, with a number around Armidale/Uralla, and around Tenterfield. Wines from New England are eligible for the New England Australia GI. Some wineries have cellar doors that are open to the public.
There are quite a few places in the New England region where mobile (cell) phones do not have coverage (including Next G country models).
Free computer and internet usage is available at the Armidale Library, Faulkner St, during opening hours. phone: (02) 6770 3636 for bookings.
For free computer and internet usage (during opening hours): Walcha Library, Derby St., Phone: 02 67742550
For internet services: Walcha Telecottage, 32w Fitzroy Street, Walcha NSW 2354; Phone:02 6777 1111; Fax:02 6777 1112; Email:[email protected]
There are about twenty seven major national parks, including the large, spectacular and easily accessible Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, plus over thirty nature reserves in the New England region.
Take a trip along Waterfall Way which passes through some of New South Wales' most scenic countryside and has been voted the number one tourist drive in New South Wales. Located along the route are five national parks, three of which are listed as World Heritage Areas by UNESCO and form part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia.