Visit the foodie capital of New England with a trip to Uralla!
Just an hour’s drive north-east of Tamworth lies the town of Uralla, the southern gateway to the New England High Country. The town and its surrounding countryside are so full of things to do you can easily spend a few nights here – and there are numerous accommodation options available to let you do this – but if you’re on a tight schedule and can only work in a day trip, here are just some of the must-see spots.
A FOODIE HAVEN
Known as the ‘foodie capital of New England’, Uralla boasts a diverse range of food experiences, including local markets, farm gate sales, cafes and restaurants, boutique wineries, artisan breweries and even a cidery and distillery.
One spot not to miss is Sunhill Dairy Goats. Located just 8km from the town centre, this wonderful farm gate experience allows you not only to purchase some incredible goat milk products – including a skin care range – but also to taste the goats cheeses made on site, take a tour of the farm and even meet the goats.
Another fantastic farm gate is Greenhill Orchards, which has been owned and operated by the same family for 150 years. In the summer months, you can enjoy luscious apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines, while the autumn time brings the crisp flavours of Greenhill’s largest harvest apples and pears. The Yeoman family open their farm-gate to the public Monday to Saturday until 5pm, so be sure to stop by and taste the difference.
No trip to Uralla is complete without a visit to the New England Brewing Company. The tasting bar is open Thursday through to Sunday from 11am, allowing you to taste the delicious beers handmade on site, and tours of the brewery can be arranged by appointment.
For lunch, there are countless options right in the heart of town. Enjoy a healthy option at Natural Healthy Wholefood Store and Café, located in the old chapel on top of the hill, or savour a more hearty meal at the Top Pub, next door to the New England Brewery. After lunch, why not visit some of the interesting retailers that fill the tree lined town streets, or stop in at Uralla’s beautiful book store, antique shop, galleries, and museum.
On a weekend, you also have the option of visiting one of the local wineries for a delicious meal and wine tasting experience.
Your ascent into Uralla from Tamworth will first time you to the small community of Bendemeer, home of the famous Banalasta, Bickling Estate and World Forest Visitors Centre. Set amongst 1800 hectares of vineyards, lavender and organic eucalyptus plantations, this award winning centre is open every day, and offers the opportunity to sample some of the region’s premium cool-climate wines, take a tour of the distillery, or enjoy a coffee while you take In the beautiful hilly landscape.
Whyworry Wines is located just 4km off the New England Highway at Uralla, and offers both award-winning wines and stunning views. After indulging in a tasting at the cellar door, why not enjoy a BBQ lunch by purchasing some of the locally sourced lamb steaks, scotch fillet and gourmet sausages available and making use of the BBQ facilities provided.
If you’d rather have someone else do the cooking for you, be sure to stop in at Merilba Estate Wines. Located 30km from Uralla, Merilba Estate offers a fantastic restaurant boasting a first-rate chef, with views overlooking the valley and the Honeysuckle Ranges. Couple this with a tasting of the vineyard’s cool-climate wines, and you have yourself a charming afternoon.
For the next step up in sophistication, make your way to Eastview Estate, located 15km south of Uralla. This wonderful estate is home not only to Eastview Wines, but also Dobson’s Distillery, Dobson Brewery and PINOT restaurant, making it a gourmet seeker’s dream. At Eastview Estate, the wines are very much about the food, and as such the seasonal and locally sourced menu is expertly matched to their wines by head chef Lyn Dobson. With exceptional reds their specialty, in particular Shiraz and Tempranillo, winemaker Stephen Dobson is on hand to provide a consultation and tasting of the wines, which will enhance your chosen dish at your table. After lunch, why not relax in the Jazz and Blues Bar and sample some of the other beverages on offer, including what Gourmet Traveller named the best gin and tonic of the day. This truly is an indulgent experience, and an absolute must in any Uralla excursion!