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Armidale - 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers History Room

Phone02 6772 3417
AddressArmidale Army Depot, cnr Mann and Allingham Streets
Armidale NSW 2350
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The 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers and 24th Light Horse Museum contains a wealth of associated information and memorabilia.
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Armidale - Armidale City Heritage Tour

Phone02 6770 3888
Emailtourism@armidale.nsw.gov.au
Websitewww.armidaletourism.com.au
Address82 Marsh Street
Armidale NSW 2350
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Join us on a free guided Heritage Tour of Armidale, leaving from the Visitor Information Centre at 10.00am and returning around 12.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Bookings are recommended.
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Armidale - Armidale Folk Museum

Phone02 6770 3836
AddressCnr Rusden and Faulkner Streets
Armidale NSW 2350
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A major local attraction, our free-entry local history museum is open seven days a week, from 1.00-4.00 pm.
Including fascinating relics and archives from Armidale's past, the Armidale Folk Museum is a must-see for visitors.
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Armidale - Booloominbah

Phone02 6773 5174
AddressBooloominbah Drive (off Elm Avenue), University of New England
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Built in 1888, this magnificent heritage building was formerly a private residence. It features the largest stained-glass-window in the New England and spectacular architectural features and was designed by architect, Horbury Hunt.
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Armidale - Hillgrove Rural Life and Industry Museum

Phone02 6771 4398
Emailcouncil@armidale.nsw.gov.au
AddressScouler Street
Hillgrove NSW 2350
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Established in the 1896, Hillgrove School building (Museum of Rural Life and Industry) is operated by Armidale Dumaresq Council and is an annexe to its Armidale Folk Museum. The museum contains a fascinating collection of exhibits and gives the visitor a unique insight into everyday life in old Hillgrove.
The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays from 10.00am-5.00pm.
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Armidale - Museum of Antiquities

Phone02 6773 3197
AddressArts Department, University of New England
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A treasure house of archaeological and historical artifacts from many countries.
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Armidale - Museum of Education

Phone02 6773 6466
AddressKentucky Street (adjacent to NERAM)
Armidale NSW 2350
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The most comprehensive collection of education material held in Australia. Open by appointment. Closed Public Holidays.
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Armidale - Museum of Printing (housed at NERAM)

Phone02 6772 5255
AddressNew England Regional Art Museum
Kentucky Street
Armidale NSW 2350
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Open Thursday and Friday 10.30am-3.30pm or by appointment
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Armidale - Railway Museum

Phone02 6770 3536
AddressAdjacent to Armidale Railway Station, Brown Street
Armidale NSW 2350
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Open 11.00-11:30 am Monday-Friday, the Armidale Railway Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the Brisbane-Sydney Railway line. Armidale's location on this line, from 1883, helped it grow from a small shepherding settlement to a booming University town.
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Armidale - Saumarez Homestead - National Trust Building

Phone02 6772 3616
AddressSaumarez Road, via Armidale Airport, off the New England Highway
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Built in 1888 and extended in 1906, this marvelous National Trust homestead reflects the way of life of the early 20th century through its original furnishings, preserved in their entirety.
Open 10am-5pm daily for self guided tours of Heritage Rose Garden and Farm area.
Entry to the house by guided tour only on weekends and public holidays. Guided tours 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Saumarez Homestead tours are not available in Winter.
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Armidale - The Old Teacher's College

Phone0401 760 238
AddressCnr Dangar and Mossman Streets
Armidale NSW 2350
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Built in 1928 on the site of the 1863 Armidale Gaol, the Armidale Teacher's College helped to develop Armidale's academic profile. Today the building houses the College History Room as well as the New England Conservatorium of Music.
The University of New England Archives and Heritage Centre are located in the adjacent library.
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Armidale - Zoology Museum

Phone02 6773 2391
AddressZoology Department, University of New England
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Affixed to the UNE Zoology Department, this museum contains many fascinating preserved specimens and information about species from around the world.
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Inverell - A Heritage Walk in Inverell

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressInverell Visitor Information Centre
11-31 Campbell Street
Inverell NSW 2360
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Inverell Visitor Information Centre has a booklet, “A Heritage Walk in Inverell”, which is a great way to have a look around the centre of the town whilst learning about its heritage. Included in the booklet is Inverell’s Town Hall, Court House and the locations and stories of the town’s architecture.
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Inverell - Inverell and District Bicentennial Memorial

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressSinclair Park, Glen Innes Road
Inverell NSW 2360
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Inverell and District Bicentennial Memorial is located in Sinclair Park. The memorial features 3 courtyards that are statements in history. Within each courtyard are carved mosaics that graphically depict the flow of life from the pre-cambrian age to the year of the Bicentennial. The subjects of the plaques are ordinary people, and how they and their mode of life, has changed down through the ages.
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Inverell - Inverell Art Gallery

Phone02 6722 4983
Websitewww.inverellartgallery.com.au
Address5 Evans Street
Inverell NSW 2360
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Open Monday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm; Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm
Regular exhibitions featuring artists and quality local art and craft make a trip to the Inverell Art Gallery an essential stop on any visit. Entry by donation.
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Inverell - Inverell Cemetery Self-guided Tour

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressAshford Road
Inverell  NSW 2360
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Cemeteries can reveal the religious, social, military, cultural and architectural history of a community, often providing information not found elsewhere. Take a self-guided tour and discover the past.
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Inverell - Inverell District Family History Group

Emailinfo@inverellfamilyhistory.org.au
Websitewww.inverellfamilyhistory.org.au
Address129 - 135 Otho Street
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Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 3pm
Looking for information to help with your family tree, a lost relative or general history enquiries then contact us and we can help.
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Inverell - Inverell Pioneer Village

Phone(02) 6722 1717
Websitewww.inverellpioneervillage.org.au
AddressTingha Road
Inverell NSW 2360
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Open Tuesday-Friday 10.00am-4.00pm; Saturday-Sunday 9.30am–1.30pm; Monday by appointment only.
Come and see the Pioneer Village, set your own pace, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquility of days gone by. Re-live Inverell’s proud past displayed in the recreated village. Wander through the village and view the authentic local buildings housing some amazing collections and memorabilia.
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Inverell - Kurrajong Memorial

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressGlen Innes Road
Inverell NSW 2360
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The Kurrajong Memorial is located on the Gwydir Highway, 1km east of Inverell’s CBD. The Memorial is dedicated to the 2 groups of young men who enlisted during World War I and departed from Inverell in early 1916. Although some 600 young men had already volunteered from the district by the end of 1915, the Kurrajong’s contingent of 117 was the largest group of recruits to ever leave a country town.
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Inverell - Myall Creek Memorial

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressWhitlow Road
Delungra NSW 2403
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The Myall Creek Memorial, 20km south of Delungra on Whitlow Road, stands on a ridge at the end of a 500m path and overlooks the site of the massacre.. Seven plaques set in granite boulders along the path give parts of the story in both English and Gamilaraay language, and have illustrations by Aboriginal artist Colin Isaacs. Stone benches front each plaque, giving visitors a place to sit and reflect. Myall Creek is now one of Australia’s most important centers of reconciliation and was recognised as such when, on the 170th anniversary, the site was placed on the National Heritage List.
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Inverell - National Transport Museum

Phone(02) 6721 2270
Emailwww.nationaltransportmuseum.info
AddressRifle Range Road
Inverell NSW 2360
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Open everyday (except Christmas Day) 10.00am-4.00pm
With over 200 members and 120 vehicle exhibits, ranging from Vintage, Veteran, Classic and Motorcycles, the National Transport Museum has become a valuable tourist attraction for the North West and New England area. Some of the vehicles on display include a 1906 Dayton (believed to be the only one left worldwide), 1912 Renault, various Holdens & Fords including GT Falcons, 1926 Diana, 1929 Packard, & wide range of Chev’s just to name a few. Plus attractions for the ladies including a doll and decorated cake display.
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Inverell - Scottish Memorial Cairn

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressSinclair Park, Glen Innes Road
Inverell NSW 2360
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The Scottish Memorial Cairn is also located in Sinclair Park, it pays tribute to the district’s pioneers, later generations and families whose endeavours have contributed to its success since the 1830s.
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Inverell - Wing Hing Long Museum

Phone02 6723 3156, 02 6723 3432, 02 6723 3232
AddressRuby Street
Tingha NSW 2369
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Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm; closed Christmas Day, open other days by appointment.
The museum contains the history of Tingha’s Chinese heritage and great tin boom.
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Inverell - WW11 Remembrance Riverwalk

Phone02 6728 8161
AddressStart Kamilaroi Park
Byron Street
Inverell NSW 2360
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WW11 Remembrance Riverwalk runs alongside the Macintyre River and is a 5km pathway that highlights some of the natural beauty and surroundings of Inverell. The walk commences at Kamilaroi Park and ventures through Campbell Park which features a river water fountain. The path also passes the Kurrajong Memorial before reaching its final destination of Lake Inverell.
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Tenterfield - Centenary Cottage Museum

Phone02 6736 2844
Address136 Logan Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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Tenterfield Centenary Cottage Museum consists of the Cottage Museum, General Sir Harry Chauvel Gallery, Petrie Pioneer Cottage and various examples of machinery from a bygone era.

General Sir Harry Chauvel Gallery - Australia's first General was born at Tabulam Station. His involvement with the Light Horse and his distinguished Army career is highlighted in the Gallery. The Gallery was built from a bequest left by his equally well known artist sister Lillian Chauvel. Lillian was one of Australia's first internationally recognised women artists. Many of her paintings are also on display in the Gallery.

Petrie Cottage was originally situated at 116 Rouse Street, Tenterfield. With its two front rooms made of local pitsaw hardwood, sassafras slab and battens with board roof, it reflects a typical workman's life style of the 1860's.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Also open Daily during school holidays and Public Holidays.
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Tenterfield - Historic Cork Tree

Phone02 6736 1082
Emailinfo@tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Websitewww.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
AddressWood Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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Tenterfield's giant cork tree, still growing in Wood Street, was brought from England by Edward Parker in a jam tin in 1861. It is believed to be one of the largest Cork trees in Australia. Although not as old as some of the trees dotted around the English countryside, our Cork Tree flourishes in this New England climate, and continues to grow. It is hoped that it will continue to flourish and yield good luck to future generations, as in the past.
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Tenterfield - Historic Stannum House

Phone02 6736 5538
Emailinfo@stannumhouse.com.au
Websitewww.stannumhouse.com.au
Address114 Rouse Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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This Tenterfield landmark is a fully restored Victorian-era Italianate villa. On the ground floor are three display rooms packed with antiques, together with our courtyard restaurant, Tenterfield Thai.

Upstairs are four beautiful bedrooms used for B&B accommdation. Step back in time and be enchanted by old-fashioned hospitality and the opulence of a former era.
Tours available by appointment, for individuals and groups.
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Tenterfield - Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts

Phone02 6736 6100
Emailcinema@tenterfield.nsw.gov.au
Websitewww.henryparkestenterfield.com
Address205 Rouse Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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The School of Arts offers a Museum, Cinema, Function Centre & Library. Inside is the original hall where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous speech in 1889.
Housed within the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts complex is the Sir Henry Parkes Museum. A nationally and internationally recognised museum paying respect to Sir Henry Parkes and Federation
Open Daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
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Tenterfield - Tenterfield Historic Walk

Phone02 6736 1082
Emailinfo@tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Websitewww.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
AddressTenterfield Visitor Information Centre
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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Tenterfield was gazetted as a town in 1851, and the Tenterfield Historic Walk includes a large number of landmark buildings in the town. The walk takes about an hour. Pick up a brochure from the Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre (157 Rouse Street).
Some key landmarks on the historic walk include the Post Office, Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts, Tenterfield Saddler, Court House and St Marys Hall.
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Tenterfield - Tenterfield Railway Museum

Phone02 6736 2223
Emailenquiries@tenterfieldrailwaymuseum.com.au
Websitewww.tenterfieldrailwaymuseum.com.au
AddressRailway Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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The Station opened in 1886 and is a rare survival of something that was once common throughout NSW. It is an almost intact nineteenth century railway precinct. When the line was copleted to the border in 1888, Sydney and Brisbane were linked by rail for the first time. Services declined gradually from the 1970s and finished completely in October, 1989.
Tenterfield Railway Station Preservation Society now operates the entire precinct as a Railway Museum.
Open Daily 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
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Tenterfield - Tenterfield Saddler

Phone02 6736 1082
Emailinfo@tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Websitewww.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Address123 High Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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Please note the Saddler is currently closed. You can still visit the building and we will keep you up to date as we hear more information regarding the reopening of the Saddler.

For 50 years this quaint blue-granite Saddlery on High Street was the meeting place for those who enjoyed discussions on a wide variety of topics. Saddler George Woolnough continued to ply his trade, listening but undisturbed by the chatter and opinions of his many friends who wandered in. It was the compassion of George Woolnough that attracted so many to the High St Saddlery from 1908 until his retirement in 1960. One famous customer was A. B. “Banjo” Paterson, well-loved Australian poet and author.
George Woolnough’s Grandson, Peter Allen, internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, has perpetuated the memory of George Woolnough in one of his best known songs “The Tenterfield Saddler”.
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Tenterfield - Thunderbolt's Hideout

Phone02 6736 1082
Emailinfo@tenterfieldtourism.com.au
Websitewww.tenterfieldtourism.com.au
AddressMt Lindesay Road
Tenterfield NSW 2372
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Thunderbolt's Hideout is 12km from Tenterfield, and is an easy walk, about 300m from the main road. He used the large area between the rocks to stable his horses and the small shelter under the large rock as a place to camp. The top of the rock made an ideal lookout, as this was the main road to Warwick during the gold-mining days.
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Tenterfield - Wallangarra Railway Cafe

Phone07 4684 3376
Emailthecoachhouseccafe@bigpond.com
Address60 Rockwell Street,
Wallangarra QLD4383
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The historic ‘break-of-gauge’ Wallangarra/Jennings Railway Station is well worth a visit, as it was the only rail link between Brisbane and Sydney until 1930. The Station and town is unique in that it is located half in Queensland (Wallangarra) and half in NSW (Jennings), and the architecture of the station shows this. The eastern side has a typical NSW skillion style awning, while the western awning is the bull-nosed Queensland style. The station offers a great café and heritage centre, portraying the Wallangarra/Jennings community over 140 years.
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Uralla - McCrossin's Mill Museum

Phone02 6778 3022
Websitewww.uhs.org.au
AddressSalisbury Street Uralla NSW 2358
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Open Daily 12 noon – 5.00pm
Weekends/Holidays 10.00am – 5.00pm or by appointment.

Adults $6.00
Concession $4.00
Children $3.00
Family $15.00
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Uralla - Uralla Heritage Walk

Phone02 6778 6420
Websitehttp://www.uralla.com/heritage-walk-84.html
Address104 Bridge Street Uralla NSW 2358
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The Uralla Heritage Walk is a self-guided walking tour which showcases over fifty heritage buildings and historical features within the township. Highlights of the walk include McCrossin’s Mill, a three storey brick and granite flour mill built in 1870, which now houses a multi-award winning museum; and the “Heart Stone”, a heart-shaped basalt rock imbedded in a retaining wall as a memorial to the stonemason’s beloved.

The Heritage Walk takes 1-2 hours, depending on the level of interest. A printed Heritage Walk guide is available from the Visitor Information Centre, which includes a map of the walk and a short history of each building.
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Urbenville - Pioneer Cottage Museum

Phone02 6634 1352
AddressUrben Street
Urbenville NSW 2475
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Pioneer Cottage Museum presents rooms just as they were when the early pioneers lived and worked in this rich farming and tall timber country. The home of the Lamb family, this cottage was built in 1892 in Legume before being relocated to Urbenville in 1977. Open 1st and 3rd Sunday or by appointment.
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Walcha - Pioneer Cottage and Museum Complex

Phone02 6774 2460
Address111n Derby Street
Walcha NSW 2354
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Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10.30am-4.30pm and at other times by request at short notice.

The complex comprises a variety of historical buildings on the original land grant of 1858 to Constable Buckland including his house built in the 1860’s of slabs and a shingle roof. Its detached former kitchen building now holds a collection of early farming tools. Another 1860’s slab cottage is used as a general museum displaying a wide variety of local historical items.

The wool industry hall illustrates the principle industry of Walcha, with a large collection of shearing equipment and photographs.

The complex also includes two machinery sheds, horse drawn vehicle and early agricultural machinery. The reconstructed Blacksmiths Shop displays a forge, bellows and many original artefacts of the old age occupation.

The Plane Hanger houses the Tiger Moth Aeroplane used in 1950 to spread super phosphate for the first time in Australia, on the local property “Mirani”.
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Walcha - Walking Tour of Historical Buildings

Phone02 6774 2460
Emailcouncil@walcha.nsw.gov.au
Websitewww.walchansw.com.au
AddressWalcha was settled in the early 1800's and has many impressive old buildings and country homesteads. Pick up a Walking Tour of Historic Buildings brochure from the Visitor Information Centre. Approximate walking time is 1 hour.



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