Over the next two weeks, hordes of Easter school holidaymakers will descend on coastal retreats. That’s why after leaving Byron Bay, we pointed our camper trailer in a quieter, westerly direction.
Casino was our first stop. This town of 11,000 is a buoyant service town with some fabulous architecture ranging from Victorian to art deco.
From Casino, we headed to Tenterfield. Henry Parkes, Premier of NSW gave his famous speech here in 1889, calling on the 6 individual states to lend support for a federal government. The states did just that on January 1 1901. Can well imagine what Parkes would think of the shitstorm that is Federal parliament at the moment.
We really should have stayed in Tenterfield – at least for a couple of days. There’s plenty to see and do as we heard when we caught up with our tree change friends. https://www.visittenterfield.com.au
Glenn Innes was our next port of call. A most attractive town dotted with 30 heritage listed buildings, we had no trouble staying here for two nights. The landscape resembles the Scottish Highlands, so little wonder Scots settled here in the 1800s.
Between Glen Innes and Armidale is the small town of Gyra, home to the excellent Burgess Garage Museum.
Armidale lives up to its name as a busy town with a youthful university vibe. We didn’t do justice to Armidale, quickly stopping for coffee in town and a brief walk.
Uralla, between Armidale and Tamworth is a town that caters well to tourists with cafes, shops, a pub and a brewery.
Tamworth, population 42,000, is the country music capital of Australia and in January each year, the well known festival welcomes 300,000 visitors over 10 days.