Discover a place of endless surprises.
Around every corner and bend in New England High Country is a hidden gem waiting to be found. The region is virtually bursting with them. Natural wonders, historically significant sites, gourmet delights…there really is something to amaze everyone and anyone. Here are just some of the fantastic discoveries made on Paul’s tour through this picturesque region.
1. Smeaton’s Pie Shop, Glen Innes
The famous Smeaton’s Pie Shop is the perfect place to fuel up. Savour one of their delicious cakes or pastries and enjoy a quality, freshly ground coffee. It’s the perfect way to prepare for a big day of riding.
2. Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes
The rich Celtic heritage of Glen Innes is represented through the fascinating Australian Standing Stones. Erected in 1988 to honour the Celtic people who helped pioneer Australia, the stones were inspired by the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland’s Orkneys.
3. Commercial Boutique Hotel, Tenterfield
The revamped Commercial Boutique Hotel in Tenterfield is a must for fans of craft beers and gourmet pizzas. Reopening in September of 2014 to unveil a brand new look, this Tenterfield favourite stocks a wide selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles, and serves up a mouth-watering menu of classic pub fare and innovative plates. The renovated upstairs accommodation also boasts some seriously luxurious accents.
4. Tenterfield Saddler, Tenterfield
The Tenterfield Saddler holds a very special place in Australia’s history, being the inspiration behind Peter Allen’s ode to his grandfather, the original Tenterfield saddler.
5. Top Pub Hotel and Beer Garden, Uralla
The Top Pub Hotel is a favourite for motorcyclists. Savour a quality counter meal and a cold beer or two in the beer garden, and admire the motorcycle pictures adorning the walls of the bar.
6. Thunderbolt and Buchanan’s Graves
A short ride out of town brings you to two different standing stones: the graves of bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and pioneer Nat Buchanan. Visit the graves of these two vastly different men and uncover a slice of Australia’s past.
7. New England Brewery, Uralla
After all that riding, there’s nothing better to do then relax with a cold beer. Visit the New England Brewery in Uralla and enjoy a tour – complete with tastings – or simply settle down in the brewery bar.
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