Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 45

| on the roam newell highway promotion 1960s Now world ewell f this s on the N Out o ence i y in exper hwa e r hi g is at oth ts you: el Elv Wh hann a le and c s t r a li d Au s? c elan m p hi i t G ra o Me h • Vis ut going t safari wit s? w i t h o n A f ri c a n a n d rh i n o on a ng ant s r-flu • Go es, eleph t he fa gir a f f im p s e of ce? a al t a gl te r s p o f c o l o n i • Ge of o u s r n e r s e f o o t s te p s? co nger th u s hra lk i n • Wa rers and b explo with wide flat roads perfect for caravans, making it a pleasurable drive and well-appointed tourist parks to enjoy at the end of the day. Set your own pace between major centres and the many small and charming country towns. As well as being rich in history, they’re renowned for throwing out a big welcome mat for tourists. www.newellhighway.org.au Mirrool Naranderra Mirrool typifies the NSW Australian community spirit you’ll encounter as you travel the Newell. Stop at the Mirool pub – saved by a committee of dedicated locals a few years ago. Mirrool’s biggest claim to fame is an annual footy kicking comp attracting some of the AFL’s greats, sending the Sherrin soaring over the top of the town’s wheat silo. The heart of the Riverina, the Murrumbidgee town at the junction of the Sturt Highway is a great place to get back to nature. Walk through the wetlands and spot a koala, the town has one of Australia’s biggest inland populations. Play the giant guitar at the visitors centre, grab a steak at the New Criterion, an Art Deco classic hotel. VIC Ardlethan Grong Grong Jerilderie Just off the Newell, Ardlethan is the home of the Kelpie. We had to mention it. Head due east along the Newell from Narrandera and before taking a turn to the north you’ll stop at the uniquely named town of Grong Grong. It’s the midway point between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Perfect place for a selfie! A small town steeped in history. Birthplace of Aussie legend Sir John Monash and also home to the most colourful chapters in the history of the Kelly gang. Ned cut the towns telegraph line, held up the police, stole their uniforms and robbed the bank. With police in the lock-up he held court at the pub, also penning the famous ‘Jerilderie letter’ pleading for a fair go for all struggling Irish settlers. Jerilderie is also home to one of Australia’s great 20th century rural engineering wonders, the steel wing windmill. One of the giant irrigation structures from the early 1900s has been restored by devoted locals. Issue 09 Jun/Jul 2014 45