This enticing little town is one for the history buffs. Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, whose six-year career included several episodes of holding up Uralla publicans and then spending the proceeds on beer, was killed here in 1870. Paul at the visitor centre (6778 4496; www.uralla.com; 104 Bridge St) can point you in the right direction for fossicking around town.
An old flour mill, the McCrossin’s Mill Museum (6778 3022; cnr Bridge & Salisbury Sts; adult/child $4/2; 12am-5pm Mon-Fri, from 10am Sat & Sun), is where you can view Captain Thunderbolt’s muzzle loader and revolver and learn about the Evolution of the Cricket Bat.
Uralla has three of Australia’s best antiquarian bookstores, the anchor of which is Burnet’s Books (6778 4682; 46 Bridge St; 9am-6pm).
An interesting loop goes southeast from Uralla to Gostwyck, an Australian sheep station that looks like an English country squire’s hamlet, complete with photogenic vine-covered chapel. From there, go via Dangar Falls up to Armidale.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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