At the top of the 1300m Great Dividing Rrange , Guyra’s central location in the New England region gives visitors staying in this charming town exposure to a wide range of attractions.
The town takes its name from the Aboriginal term for ‘fish may be caught’, which is apt because anglers can catch trout and other freshwater species from the local streams and Copeton Dam, 90km to the west. Snow is an occasional winter visitor to an area that produces wool, lambs and potatoes.
Guyra has its own regional museum and twitchers will discover a variety of waterbirds on the delightfully named Mother of Ducks Lagoon.
You can get the perfect photographic record of the landscape from Chandler’s Peak and tread in bandits’ footprints in Captain Thunderbolt’s Cave.
A drive to the fringes of the hamlet of Tenterden, about 30km to the west, takes you to Baxters Farm Museum, where you can relax with a Devonshire tea, after doing the rounds of the collection of domestic paraphenalia, farm machinery, old bottles and arts and crafts.