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Guide for tourists to the Northern Highlands

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Tuesday 24 September 1912, The Sydney Morning Herald


New England conjures up visions of transplanted Saxons in a typically English environment. Then our Northern Highlands are not wrongly named. For here are found the fresh, bracing atmosphere, and the green fields, that brought to the minds of the early settlers memories of old England. But here they found a bigger, broader, brighter land than the one they left behind.

Our New England is a vast tableland, noted for its delightful climate, and for the sport that hunter and angler can win from its forests and trout streams. But while the whole of the Northern Highlands from Tamworth to Tenterfield provide good sport for the gun, the trout stream country is more restricted in area. On the south it has Walcha, with the McDonald, Cobrabald. Cockburn, and Ingleba rivers handy. On the north it has Glen Innes, with a dozen rivers and creeks, where the angler may whip the stream for trout.

Right in the centre of the highlands is Armidale, with a fine, bracing atmosphere that tones up the jaded traveller like wine. In the country quail, hares, wallabies, with other game may attract the hunter, but the disciple of Isaak Walton finds a galaxy of streams from which to select. Gyra River has been stocked with rainbow trout, while other streams picturesquely flowing on the eastern watershed are Gostwyck Waters, Mihi Creek, Salisbury Creek, Blue Mountains Creek, Wollomombi River, Chandler River, and Brookshead River.

To the west, towards the Darling, run the Rocky River. Booroolay Creek, and George’s Creek. Near the town are dozens of picturesque falls and cascades to delight the tourist, the best known being Dangar’s Falls, Ebor Falls, Wollomombi Falls, the Gyra Lakes, and Styx Falls. But there are many others.

Hillgrove, east of Armidale, is set in the midst of some wildly romantic scenery, the mines, as well as the mountains, being well worth visiting.

Written by macalba

March 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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