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Road Trip – New England


Because we love road trips we thought we would start documenting and sharing some of our favourites. For the first, we headed west over The Great Dividing Range to the region of NSW known as New England. There are great things to explore and photograph, from historic buildings, beautiful landscapes, old wares and antique stores, book shops and some great old pubs along the way. The best way to go so you get to see some amazing countryside is from Lismore, through Casino, Tabulum, Drake (call into The Lunatic Hotel for a beer on the way) and to Tenterfield via the Bruxner Highway.

When you get to Tenterfield turn left onto the New England Highway and you will find little villages bursting with autumn colour all the way. Bolivia, Deepwater, Moora Moora, Glenn Innes, Stonehenge, Glencoe, Llangothlin, Guyra (home of the Lamb and Potato festival) Black Mountain and just past Armidale to my favorite little town Uralla (think Bangalow but smaller and a whole lot more colourful and of course colder). I am allergic to motor inns so thankfully there are some awesome little cottages in Uralla that are available through Airbnb and come with fireplaces and beautiful breakfast baskets.Or in Armidale lash out and stay at Petersen’s Winery and Guest House – it is magnificent, the wine is stunning and the restaurant is fabulous. It is the original homestead for the Dangar Family who were cattle graziers with huge land holdings across the region. Think claw foot baths, fireplaces, wine grown and produced onsite and perfectly manicured grand old English gardens.

My favourite photography finds from this trip? The Eclipse Theatre at Deepwater and All Saints Anglican Church at Gostwyck, just outside Uralla. Wonderful. Have dinner at The Top Pub in Uralla afterwards, it is the big one painted black in the main st. The food is sensational and mostly local produce.

Turn the stereo up, drive safe and enjoy the colour of New England.


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Kirra Pendergast is the editor of Common Ground Australia. An award winning photographer, Kirra first picked up a camera at 12yrs old. Her photography has been widely published in everything from international newspapers through to Rolling Stone Magazine (which was a major bucket list tick) Kirra is always out capturing photographs of things as varied as the immense power and beauty of the ocean, storms, and the breathtaking landscapes of Northern NSW. Kirra's photographic passion is music, portraiture and street photography. Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kirra's family has spent generations in the Northern Rivers hailing from Lismore, Tuntable Falls, Tregagle and Byron Bay. Kirra is passionate about supporting local music, creatives, the arts and local business using Common Ground as a platform to promote this place, its people and their passion.


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