Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 44

| on the roam newell highway promotion With a constant pilgrimage of caravanners and campers heading up and down the eastern seaboard, there’s nothing quite going your own way and discovering a slice of the best of regional NSW. A ROAD LESS TRAVELLED a slice of history The Newell Highway is the perfect alternative for those making the pilgrimage north or south. It’s away from the coastal bustle, with a host of world-class tourist experiences along the way. The Newell is also an incredible history trail, reaching back thousands of years to the once mighty inland Wiradjuri nation. From more recent times, local museums boast stories and artefacts from the explorers, the squatters, the bushrangers and pioneering farmers and irrigators. Towns that grew up and boomed with the discovery of gold, or when the country “rode on the sheep’s back” today take you back to another era. Beautiful main streets are lined with classic architecture from the Victorian era through to the best art deco from the 1930s. Stretching 1000km from Victoria to Queensland, The Newell is roughly 400km inland. The journey is easy and picturesque, Moree Parkes Since the 1950s European immigrants have been making pilgrimages to Moree to take in the therapeutic waters of the town’s hot artesian springs. A modern pool and spa complex today makes it easy for visitors to relax and enjoy the waters. Moree also boasts some of Australia’s best surviving examples of rural art deco architecture. Go to Gracelands, the Parkes complex named after King of Rock ’n’ roll, with the biggest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside the US. Parkes moves and shakes to the Parkes Elvis festival each January. Just outside the city is the CSIRO’s radio telescope made famous in the movie “The Dish” for its part in taking pictures of the Apolllo moon landing to the world. QLD Coonabarabran and Narrabri Clear night skies and spectacular soaring mountain ranges make this corner of regional NSW unique. Narrabri boasts Mt Kaputar and the Nandewar Ranges, while Coonabarabran is nestled beneath the Warrumbungles. This is the centre of Australian astronomy, with the wide skies of the western planes perfect for stargazing. Dubbo 44 timetoroam.com.au timetoroam.com.au West Wyalong The “big city” of the inland route, where the Newell and Mitchell Highways meet. Best known for its world-famous open range zoo where you can enjoy the closest thing to a safari experience outside of Africa. Other tourist favourites include the Old Dubbo Gaol and historic Dundullimal Homestead, both taking visitors back to early colonial times. A town built around a rich history of agriculture and gold mining, West Wyalong boasts one of Australia’s most famous main streets. It’s winding cur