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Narrabri North Western New South Wales (Cotton Country)

Narrabri is a town and seat of Narrabri Shire local government area in the North West Slopes, New South Wales Australia on the Namoi river,521 kilometers northwest of Sydney. It sits on the junction of the Kamilaroi Highway and the Newell Highway. At the 2011 Census Narrabri had a population of 5890 people.  As a result of the geography of Narrabri and the surrounding areas Narrabri township is quite prone to flooding and fire. it is the centre of a major cotton- growing cotton industry. Other agricultural industries in the area include wheat, beef and  lamb. Nearby attractions are Mount Kaputar National Park, the Australia Telescope Compact Array at the Paul Wild Observatory (adminintered by the CSIRO ) and  a  number of agricultural centres. Just south of town is the Pilliga Forest, the largest remnant temperate forest in Eastern Australia. . Narrabri also has The Crossing Theatre, a 1,000 seat auditorium and cinema complex.

Warrumbungles North Western New South Wales

The Warrumbungles are  a range of mountains in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Nearest town in Coonabarrabran. The area is easiest accessed from the Newell Highway

Highway which is the major road link directly between Melbourne Victoria and Brisbane Queensland and cuts across inland New South Wales from north to south.

As the range is between the moist eastern coastal zone and the drier plains to the west, it has provided protection for flora and fauna suited to both habitats. There are over 120 bird species identified on the range, including lories and lorrikeets, rosellas and parrots. The centre of the range has served as an area of protection for a healthy content colony of grey kangaroos. these have become tame due to constant visitor attention and are easily approached. The Siding Spring Observatory is located on , Mount Woorut an eastern peak.

Manilla Mid Northern Western New South Wales.  Is a small town located on Fossickers Way 45 kms northwest of the regional city of Tamworth. Manilla has a population of

2006 as at the 2006 census. It is famous  for fishing in the Namaoi and Manilla Rivers and because of its thermal build up in summer has a lot of flying activity.

Manilla In recent years  has become famous throughout the world as a major sports flying centre supporting hang gliding, parragliding, ultralight aircraft, gyrocopters and gliders sailplanes. It promotes nearby Mt Borah,one of the worlds best paraglider and hang glider launch sites . In 1998 local paraglider instructor and developer of Mt Borah Godfrey Wenness, gained the world distance record with a distance a distance of 335 kms. Major free flight competitions are staged annually during the summer months. The 10th FAI Paragliding World Championships were held at the site in 2007, attended by 150 pilots from 41 nations. In the week prior to the event Manilla was in the headlines around the world for the survival of paraglider pilot Ewa Wis’nierska of Germany who was sucked up into a thundestorm to 9946 metres  (32000 ft). The dramatic story was made a TV documentary Miracle in the Storm which won an AFI award and was nominated for a Logi award.

Tamworth Australias Country Western Music Capital

Tamworth is located in the South Western New England Area of New South Wales Australia.

Straddling the Peel River, Tamworth is the main regional centre for the New England area and is the local government area of Tamworth Regional Council approximately 318 kms south of the Queensland border.

The city is located almost midway between Sydney and Brisbane, the two largest cities on the Australian east coast the city has an established population of approximately 42,500 in 2015.

Tamworth city is known as ”The First City of Lights” being the first place in Australia to use electric lights in 1888. Tamworth is also famous as the ”The Country Music Capital of Australia, anually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January. The second biggest country music festival in the world. The city is also recognised as the  ”The National Equine Capital of Australia” because of the high number of equine events in the city and the construction of the world class Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Armidale University City New England NSW

Armidale University City New England NSW. Nesting high on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. It is the most cosmopolitan city outside Sydney catering for harmonious living for 25,000 citizens from

fifty three different nationalities.

Armidale has its unique blend of culture, state of art technology, educational diversity and natural beauty its a city that offers everything worth living for. Armidale is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and two hours from the north coast of NSW. It enjoys a warm summer, tones of amber during the autumn, a crisp winter and an exhilarating spring.

Found on the New England Highway, 567kms north of Sydney (480kms if you go via thunderbolts way through Gloucester), 467 kms south of Brisbane and approximately 170 kms inland from the north coast of NSW.

Uralla Home Thunderbolt Fred Ward Country

Uralla is a town on the Northern Tablelands New South Wales Australia. The town is located at the intersection of the New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way 465 kms north of Sydney and and about 23 kms south west of the city of Armidale. At more than 1000 metres 3300 feet above sea Uralla’s high altitude makes for cool to cold winters and mild summers.

The community collectively bought and restored McCrossins Mill in the 1980’s and 1990’s and this is now a multi award winning museum, gallery and function centre still run by volunteers this is also the starting place for the heritage walk.

The word Uralla was taken by the European squatters from the language of the local Aniwan tribe of Indigenous Australians. Uralla described a ” meeting place” or more especially a ceremonial meeting place and a look out on a hill.