Less than hour’s drive north of Inverell, the small New England town of Ashford is at the centre of the largest tobacco-growing area in NSW.
Twenty kilometres south of town you’ll come to Pindari Dam where you can go boating, swimming or water skiing. The Ashford Fishing Club keeps the dam well-stocked with fish, and the most successful catches are made from a boat.
Further south is Inverell, the Sapphire City, where fossickers may still find a treasure or two in the fossicking fields.
A 25 kilometres drive north-west of Ashford takes you to the Kwiambal National Park at the meeting of the Macintyre and Severn rivers. The park and its secluded gorges are a sanctuary for kangaroos, koalas and platypuses.
The park's principal feature, however, is its network of limestone caves. The caves, the longest of which is 550 metres in length, are safe, but you must carry your own light. There are barbeque and toilet facilities near the park entrance.