Based five and a half hours from both Brisbane and Sydney, twenty minutes from Armidale and within a short drive of the spectacular Oxley Wild River National Park, it’s no wonder this picturesque country town’s name literally means ‘meeting place’. Uralla sits in the heart of the NSW Northern Tablelands, surrounded by a hilly granite landscape that produces autumns of almost impossible colour. A natural wonderland to be sure, the New England town also offers an intriguing history and a blossoming urban culture.
Once at the centre of NSW’s gold country, Uralla now offers a unique look at the gold rush days of the 1850s. Heritage buildings and historical sites fill the streets, today competing for space with the rising number of galleries and boutique fashion stores - not to mention an antiquarian bookshop - that have seen this rural town become a cultural hub.
The region’s cool climate produces some excellent food and wine, which is celebrated throughout the town. Uralla is bursting at the seams with bakeries, cafes, breweries and hearty dining options, while wineries such as Meriba Estate Cellar Door offer indulgent cheese platters to enjoy with a glass of local wine. Accommodation choices are also many, with ample motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, country cottages, farm stays and riverside camping options available. This is the quintessential Australian country town, offering everything you could fancy and more, and all in your backyard.