There is certainly a lot of history attached to the little town of Stroud, about 75 km north of Newcastle, where you'll find some of the best examples of convict-built architecture in the country.
Stroud is officially Australia’s first ‘company town'. The original buildings - funded by the Australian Agricultural Company, the first major agricultural venture in this country's history - began in 1826, with most of the initial work being done by convicts.
And a fine job they did, too. Just have a look at the beautiful Church of St John, built from local clay bricks in 1836, and Quambi House, which is now a museum. And there are several others of note.
At Silo Hill Reserve you’ll find underground silos built by the convicts in 1841. The reserve contains eight silos which held 10,000 bushels of grain. One silo remains open and visitors can inspect it by descending a steel ladder to a depth of 6m.
Views of the village are delightful from the summit of the hill where there’s a fine picnic and barbecue area.