Bear is going to have a holiday – Gulgong NSW to Stanthorpe …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.

DAY 9 & 10

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 8 – Gulgong NSW this is day 9 & 10 …

From the previous post …

Unfortunately Vevencia started to get ill so we had to rush home. We drove to Barraba and had to stay the night because Bear was stuffed.

Barraba, New South Wales

“Barraba is a town in the New England region of northern New South Wales, Australia. It was formerly the centre of Barraba Shire local government area, but most of this, including Barraba, was absorbed into Tamworth Regional Council in 2004. On Census night 2016, Barraba had a population of approximately 1,400 people

The Kamilaroi people lived and occupied the Barraba region prior to European settlement. The first white man in area was the explorer and botanist, Allan Cunningham, in 1827. At the same time, he discovered the Manilla River, which he named Buddle’s Creek. A land holding named Barraba Station was taken up around 1837 or 1838. In July 1852, the Assistant Surveyor, J. T. Gorman mapped the future townsite.

During the 1850s, gold rushes in the region helped the growth of the township. On 1 April 1856, the first Barraba Post Office opened, with a brick post office built in 1882. A school followed, opening in 1861, in rented premises. In September 1876, there was an auction of the crown lands in Barraba. In the same year, the first St Laurence’s church building was built, as well as the first bank. In 1878, the Commercial Hotel was built, and three years later, the Barraba Court House was built. On 20 March 1885, Barraba was proclaimed a town. During the 1890s, many more key buildings of the township were built, including the hospital (1891) and the Weslyan Church (1898). In 1893, the population in Barraba reached 500; this increased to 1,164 in 1921.

A local newspaper, the Barraba Gazette was first published in 1900. The last section of the Barraba railway line from Manilla to Barraba opened on 21 September 1908 without a ceremony. The last train to Barraba ran on 21 September 1983, with the majority of the line closing on 25 November 1987. During 1933, Connors Creek dam was constructed as a water supply for the town.” Wikipedia

There was no one at the only Motel so I rang the number on the door they were at an annual festival in Tamworth but I could just choose a room and the the key was near the jug. It was clean but very average but we stayed. What they forgot to tell us was the power company was going to turn off the power from 3am to 10am the next morning. First time I have heard Vevencia whinge when we got up. But we packed up and drove through to Bingara which we visited on the way down.

Finally had the most wonderful breakfast at the Imperial. Great coffee and Aussie country bacon and eggs. Then Vevencia was happy …


We left wishing we had continued the night before and stayed at this wonderful hotel.

Took the back roads through …


“Inverell is a large town in northern New South Wales, Australia, situated on the Macintyre River, close to the Queensland border. It is also the centre of Inverell Shire. Inverell is located on the Gwydir Highway on the western slopes of the Northern Tablelands. It has a temperate climate. In the 2016 census, the population of Inverell was 11,660 and the Inverell Shire population was 16,483.

The name derives from the name of Mr. MacIntyre’s estate. The word is of Gaelic origin, and signifies “meeting place of the swans”; from “Inver”, a meeting place, and “Ell”, a swan. The MacIntyre River and Swanbrook Creek join here. The area was also known as “Green Swamp” in the 1850s. Wheat growers, Colin and Rosanna Ross established a store there in 1853, when he asked that a town be surveyed. In 1858 this was done and in the following years the plan was approved and the first land sale was held. Byron Post Office (open since 1855) was replaced by the Inverell Post Office on 15 September 1859. The municipality was proclaimed in March 1872. The last section of the Inverell branchline, from Delungra to Inverell, was opened on 10 March 1902. The last train ran to Inverell on 22 June 1987, and the Delungra to Inverell section of the line was closed on 2 December 1987. In 1871, the population of Inverell was 509, this increased to 1,212 in 1881. After Federation, the population of Inverell was 1,230 in 1911, and grew to 6,530 (1947) and 8,209 (1961 census).” Wikipedia

Again on the back roads we entered the New England Highway just north of Glen Innes and there to home through Tenterfield.

We were glad to be home but wanted to continue exploring as well.

The best Post Office because it is home Stanthorpe


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