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by Bev (subscribe)
Australia is a beautiful country with many places to explore in your own backyard.
Published October 6th 2022
A town famous for its potatoes and fat lambs

During our recent travels through the New England Highway, we stopped by a town called Guyra. Located at 4330 feet above sea-level, Guyra is the highest and coldest town in the New England Tablelands. The town is famous for its beef, potato and fat lambs and every year in January, they hold a Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival.

Lamb and potatoes sculpture

Rotary Park

On entering the town along the highway, there is a big Rotary park for the traveller to take a break and refresh. In the park is a sculpture of a lamb with potatoes. There are picnic areas with tables, a sheltered BBQ and a big playground. There are also clean toilet facilities.

Playground in park

Main street of town

Across the railway line from the park is the town centre with beautiful old buildings along the main street. There is a hotel, a cafe, a post office and other shops.

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Reserve

Bird watching platform

On the western edge of the town is a very beautiful nature reserve called Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve. The lagoon is part of a volcano crater and is about 14km in circumference. There are easy walking trails in the reserve and a wooden boardwalk brings you to the birdwatching platform for a good view of the lagoon. Signs in the sheltered lookout tell of the many birdlife to look out for. In the reserve are picnic areas with many tables and chairs and a sheltered BBQ.

View of lagoon

Bbq and picnic areas in reserve

Guyra is just over six hours drive from Sydney and 30 minutes from Armidale.
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Where: New South Wales
Cost: Free
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It's nice to see these little towns getting a mention. I'm loving the look of the lagoon and the birdwatching area; that alone is a winner for me.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10580) 221 days ago
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