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.