Love jumping in the car and seeing where the road will take you? With a myriad of iconic routes to pick from, New England is the touring destination for you.
Wind along the picturesque Waterfall Way and through World Heritage listed national parks to the most spectacular gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and views in the region.
On Tourist Drive 19 from Uralla, the elm tree-lined approach to the photogenic vine-covered Gostwyck Chapel remarkably resembles the English countryside the region was named after. From there, the route passes over a narrow wooden bridge, transporting you straight back into the Australian bush, past historic Deeargee Station's huge 19th-century wool shed and eventually to the Dangar's Gorge and Falls turnoff.
Travel the pioneer trail on Tourist Drive 21 from Uralla, over the hills to the old Bendemeer coach stop and the tiny hamlet of Woolbrook, where you can fish for trout in the crystal clear waters of the McDonald River. The route then winds through Walcha, the first town settled in the region (early 1800s) - where you can gaze upon the Open Air Gallery or pop out to Apsley and Tia Falls - and then head back along Thunderbolt's Way to Uralla.
Another great drive is named the Best of New England for good reason. From Armidale, Tourist Drive 17 winds along the picturesque Waterfall Way and through World Heritage-listed national parks to the most spectacular gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and views in the region. Highlights of this expedition include Gara Gorge and Wollomombi Falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Point Lookout in the New England National Park, massive boulders in the Cathedral Rock National Park and Ebor Falls.
From Glen Innes, Tour Drive 11 takes you on sensational journey through the past, into the land of pioneers, historic villages, fishing and fossicking areas and wild country with stunning rock formations. Emmaville and Torrington were once thriving tin mining towns. Be sure to stop at the Emmaville Mining Museum and to view relics of mining at Tent Hill and Torrington. Weird rock formations, like Mystery Rockface and Thunderbolt’s Lookout are features of the 30,000ha Torrington State Recreation Area – with streams, waterfalls and rare beautiful flora.
Climbing through rolling farmland and past awe-inspiring granite formations, the scenic Mount Mackenzie Drive gives you a bird’s eye view over Tenterfield and beyond. It gives you an opportunity to view some of the unusual granite outcrops which can be found throughout the district. These are quite spectacular and many unique formations can be seen, such as the Doctor’s Nose, Small Bald Rock, Draining Rock and the Mole River District.