Gostwick Church, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2270

This charming New England town is famous for its connection with bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, who lived and died in the area. It is no coincidence that this was a rich goldmining district at the time. Uralla's name comes from the Anaiwan word for 'ceremonial place'. Uralla is at its most striking when the European deciduous trees change colour in autumn.

Visitor Information

104 Bridge St; (02) 6778 6420


Nearby national parks

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  • Warrabah National Park

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  • Cathedral Rock National Park

    Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping...more

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In Town

McCrossin's Mill This restored 3-storey granite and brick flour mill (1870) is now a museum of local history. The ground floor and gardens are used for functions, but the upper levels have fascinating exhibitions, including the Wool Industry, Gold Mining (featuring a replica Chinese joss house) and an Aboriginal diorama. The Thunderbolt exhibition contains a set of 9 paintings depicting the events leading up to his death, painted by Phillip Pomroy. Inquiries (02) 6778 3022; Salisbury St.

Hassett's Military Museum: large and impressive collection; features displays on military history and memorabilia, including war vehicles, uniforms and a field kitchen. Many of the displays were donated by local families; Bridge St; (02) 6778 4600.

Thunderbolt statue: of 'gentleman' bushranger Fred Ward dominates the corner of Bridge St and Thunderbolt's Way.

Thunderbolt's grave: he was hunted by police for over 6 years before being shot dead at nearby Kentucky Creek in 1870. His grave is clearly identified among some other magnificent Victorian monumental masonary headstones; Old Uralla Cemetery, John St.

New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry: beginning in 1872, it is the oldest of its kind still operating in Australia. Visitors are welcome and tours available; East St; (02) 6778 3297.

Self-guided heritage walk: easy 2 km walk that includes 30 historic buildings, most built in the late 1800s; brochure from visitor centre.


Mt Yarrowyck Nature Reserve This dry eucalypt reserve has plentiful wildlife including kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, and is ideal for bushwalking and picnics. The highlight is the 3 km Aboriginal cultural walk – about halfway along the trail is a large overhang of granite boulders under which is a set of red-ochre paintings of circles and bird tracks. 23 km NW.

Dangars Lagoon: bird sanctuary and hide; 5 km SE.

Gold fossicking: gold and small precious stones can still be found; map and equipment hire from visitor centre; 5 km SW.

Thunderbolt's Rock: used by the bushranger as a lookout. Climb with care; 6 km S.

Tourist Drive 19: signposted drive includes historic Gostwyck Church (11 km SE) and Dangars Falls and Gorge (40 km S); brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Copeton 95 km

Lake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum 22 km

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum, a dozen blocks from the centre of town, has thousands of native plants, walking tracks, picnic shelters and aquatic gardens with a waterfall.... Find out more

Birdwatching - Port Macquarie to Lismore 49 km

There are a couple of top birdwatching spots in the New England area. One of the most spectacular is an all-weather bird hide among masses of waterbirds at Quipolly Dam, about 18 kilometres north-east of Quirindi. Mother... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Stoker's Restaurant and Bar

This charming restaurant is becoming a bit of a tourist attraction in itself. Situated in a heritage-listed building, it features a timber shingle roof, antique furnishings and pressed-metal ceilings. The hearty country... Find out more

Thunderbolt Inn

Nestled inside this Victorian-style motel is a lovely dining room with friendly, down-to-earth service. Enjoy a beer while you choose from the menu of bistro-style country fare – the Thunderbolt Inn promises to... Find out more

White Rose Pizzeria

The White Rose Cafe is an old-fashioned cafe offering friendly service and a huge menu, including sandwiches, hamburgers and more substantial home-cooked meals. Their grilled fish is particularly good, as is the enticing... Find out more

Campsites around town

Rocky River Fossicking Area camping area 4 km

Get into the spirit of the goldmining era – Rocky River Fossicking Area, 6 km to the west of Uralla, was the site of a major goldrush in the 1850s. Pop into the visitor centre for some equipment, then set up a tent... Find out more

Dangars Gorge camping area 22 km

Located in the north-east of the park and accessed via Dangarsleigh, this popular 10-site spot delivers impressive views of the gorge; after rain, the falls are charged with water, and in springtime wildflowers carpet... Find out more

Dumaresq Dam camping area 25 km

This peaceful, relaxed setting is on the shore of Dumaresq Dam, 12 km north-west of Armidale, via Handel St, Boorolong Rd and Dumaresq Dam Rd. Fishing, birdwatching and canoeing are all popular activities, and... Find out more

Long Point camping area 42 km

Set amid forest in the north of the park, this camping ground is accessible via the old goldmining town of Hillgrove from Waterfall Way. The easy Cassinia Walk (1.5 km, 45 min) and medium Chandler View Circuit Walk (6... Find out more

Apsley Falls camping area 52 km

Follow the Oxley Hwy 19 km east of Walcha and you’ll find this camping ground, a short walk from the Apsley picnic area and 2 tracks: the easy Apsley Gorge Rim Walk (1 km, 30 min) and Oxley Walk (1 km, 45 min).... Find out more

Green Gully camping area 53 km

Just off Waterfall Way in the north of the park, Green Gully has short walks to lookouts over Chandler and Wollomombi falls – the latter being the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia (240 m). It’s a... Find out more

Cockburn River campsite 56 km

This pleasant, grassy, treed area makes a relaxing place to camp, swim and fish. The river’s a bit chilly in winter, but very refreshing in hot weather. It’s about 30 km north-east of Tamworth and 11 km east... Find out more

Warrabah camping area 57 km

Hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing are possible at this campground, on the Namoi River beside the park’s southern boundary. Campers are asked to stick to numbered campsites. For those seeking some bush... Find out more

Budds Mare camping area 59 km

The view of Apsley River at Budds Mare is one of the highlights of the national park; to get here, follow Moona Plains Rd off the Oxley Hwy. There’s a difficult 7 km walking track from the picnic shelter to the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Uralla Caravan Park

Located one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more

Country Road Caravan Park 1 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Armidale Tourist Park 22 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more

Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 61 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more

Austin Tourist Park 74 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more

Paradise Tourist Park 74 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cruickshanks Farmstay 
and B&B

Cruickshanks is a working farm with sheep, cattle and alpacas. There are two spacious guest rooms at the Homestead: the Garden Room and the Tartan Room. Both are beautifully appointed in country style, with access to a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Thunderbolts Rock park area 7 km

82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)

Just off the highway behind the rock.

Kyabra rest area 17 km

72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Woolbrook rest area 35 km

At Woolbrook

Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.

Bendemeer park area 42 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 

Walcha East rest area 43 km

159km NW of Wauchope (R) or 5km SE of Walcha (L)

Just off the highway near a few trees.

Apsley Falls camping area 52 km

T/O 145km NW of Wauchope (R) or 19km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the forest 1km north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Stoney Creek rest area 55 km

141km NW of Wauchope (L) or 23km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the creek.

Tia River rest area 68 km

128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

Tia Falls camping area 69 km

T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Tamworth park area 74 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Airport rest area 79 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.

Bowling Alley Point camping area 87 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.

Ponderosa Park camping area 94 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.

Swamp Creek camping area 95 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.

Swan Brook rest area 97 km

33km E of Inverell (R) or 34km W of Glen Innes (L)

Just off the highway on the east side of the bridge.

Celtic Country South rest area 97 km

92km N of Armidale (R) or 7km S of Glen Innes (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Get off your Arts: Mar/Apr.

Thunderbolt Country Fair: Nov.

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