Interesting rural centre in the heart of the Yorke Peninsula
Located 168 km west of Adelaide via the Princes Highway and 164 km south of Port Pirie, Maitland is one of the few inland towns on the Yorke Peninsula which looks as though it will survive the dramatic changes which have occurred over the past decade. The Peninsula has become a popular holiday seaside destination and the wheat and sheep which traditionally drove the economy of the area has become more marginalised. Consequently the towns which operated as service centres to the local farm community have become small and less important. Still Maitland persists. It is a small and charming town with flower beds in the wide main street.
Particularly beautiful and unusual country town
Dungog is a moderate-sized Australian country town with a typically wide main street. It is located in a valley surrounded by rolling hills adjacent the Williams River, 228 km north of Sydney, 74 km north of Newcastle and 61 m above sea-level. With a current population of 2500 it is essentially a cattle-raising, dairying and timber town and a service centre for the surrounding area. It is a base for an exploration of the fine countryside to the north, where you will find Chichester Dam, state forests and Barrington Tops National Park. These are ideal places for bushwalking, scenic drives, swimming, photography, horseriding, cycling, camping, trail bike riding and canoeing.
Denman (including Baerami, Widden, Sandy Hollow, Gungal and
Small and quiet town in the Upper Hunter
Denman, on the rim of the Upper Hunter Valley, is a small, quiet and picturesque country town situated 276 km north-west of Sydney, 24 km south-west of Muswellbrook and 107 m above sea-level.
Gundy (including Belltrees, Moonan Flat and Ellerston)
Quiet and tiny settlement on Pages River near the country retreats of a number of prominent Australians.
Gundy is a tiny settlement by the Pages River, 300 km north of Sydney. It has an hotel-restaurant and a general store which serves light meals. However, it is a good starting point for taking a scenic drive through the pleasant countryside to the north-east of Scone.
Singleton (including Bulga and Warkworth)
Important service centre in the Hunter Valley
Singleton is situated on the banks of the Hunter River, 209 km north-west of Sydney via Cessnock. It has an elevation of 73 metres.
Gresford (including Allynbrook, Lostock Dam, Chichester State Forest, Mt Allyn and Barrington Tops National Park)
Small towns on the edge of the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park
Gresford and East Gresford are two small settlements separated by 2 km. They make an obvious base for an exploration of the area to the north where you will find lovely Allynbrook, Lostock Dam, Mt Allyn and the mountainous terrain of Chichester State Forest and Barrington Tops. East Gresford, on the main road to Maitland, is 196 km north of Sydney and 39 km north of Maitland.
Quiet rural township on the edge of the Bucketts.
Gloucester, known as the gateway to the Barrington Tops, is a charming country town nestled in a valley under a range of impressive monolith hills called The Bucketts. It is situated on the Gloucester River 96 metres above sea-level and is located 271 km north-east of Sydney on the Bucketts Way which heads northwards off the Pacific Highway 18 km from Raymond Terrace, passing through Stroud and, at Gloucester, veering east to rejoin the highway at Nabiac. To the east of town is the Mograni Range and just to the north of town, the Gloucester, Avon and Barrington Rivers meet. Gloucester has a population of around 2600. It is the principal town of a cattle-raising, dairying and mixed farming district. Local industry includes a large factory which produces milk products, a coal mine, an important cattle market and a nascent tourist
Karuah (plus Swan Bay, North Arm Cove, Tahlee and Carrington)
Small town on the banks of the Karuah River
Karuah is a small town on the banks of the Karuah River, 15 m above sea-level. It is 205 km north of Sydney and 51 km north of Newcastle via the Pacific Highway. Occupied by the Worimi Aborigines prior to European settlement the area was initially known as Sawyers Point. Lachlan Macquarie named the river the Clyde. However, the indigenous place-name, thought to mean 'native plum tree', was later adopted for both waterway and township.
Australia's oldest wine-growing region flies under the radar, but it's proximity to Sydney and elegant eateries make it well-worth a visit.