Drake is located on the Bruxner Highway, some 800km from Sydney, in the Tenterfield Shire. It’s a small rural community with a fascinating history and a friendly disposition. Until the late 1900s, cattle and timber were Drake’s primary industries. It was also used as a campsite for wagons, drovers, bullock teams and settlers passing between inland and coastal rivers.
In the 1870s, it was a shanty village of hotels, boarding houses, churches, timber cottages and tents, and gold was discovered by accident just below Newmans Pinch on the western side of the village. Since then, Drake has changed many times over; with rushes and declines, riches and poverty, a population of thousands to barely 100. Timber and cattle grazing industries are still practised and mining has been reduced to fossicking.
Drake now offers a variety of bush holidays, homestays, a caravan park, camping, fishing, bushwalking, horse trail-rides and mountain-bike riding, as well as a gallery showcasing talented local artists in the community centre.