This high-flying town at the top of the Great Dividing Range will have you feeling on top of the world when you visit!
Head to the uppermost plateau of the Great Dividing Range, and you’ll find the highest town in the Northern Tablelands: Guyra. This geographical blessing has seen Guyra become renowned as a place of breathtaking natural beauty, as it is surrounded by rugged peaks, wild gorges, and no less than four world class National Parks.
Visit at the right time and you might even be lucky enough to see snow fall over the town. Guyra is more than just a pretty face though, and the streets tell a tale of pioneering success and pastoral splendour.
You might be surprised to hear it, but Guyra is actually quite a hot spot for water sport aficionados. Despite being 1330m above sea level, the presence of two dams – Copeton and Malpas – means water skiers, rowers, kayakers and sailors are spoilt for choice in terms of where they can get their water fix. The nearby national parks, including Cathedral Rock, Guy Fawkes River and the New England National Park are also great options for fishing, canoeing and swimming, not to mention the usual national park activities: hiking, rock climbing, bird watching and mountain bike riding.
Meander through the streets of Guyra, and you’ll also find cafes and shops, the Historical Museum (housed in the old Shire Council Chambers), a fantastic playground and the Guyra Gold Course. So there’s absolutely no reason to be bored in Guyra!
Guyra has long been a prime producer of meat and potatoes, so what better way to celebrate the industry than with a Lamb and Potato Festival? The popular event, held annually in January, is a celebration of all things lamb and potatoes, with farmers invited to showcase their delicious local produce. A variety of tasty lamb and potato meals are served, while information sessions on preparing and cooking lamb are also held. Entertainment, activities and plenty of meat and potato themed stalls are also on offer, and the festival is held right next to the giant lamb sculpture, naturally.
A bird-watcher’s paradise, the Mother Of Ducks Lagoon is a peaceful retreat located just on the outskirts of Guyra. The large body of water, which has a 14km circumference, sits in a silted volcanic crater. The high altitude of the wetlands also adds to the unique qualities of the reserve, which is a vital breeding place for many freshwater wetland birds, and a popular rest stop for migratory birds. An observation deck, picnic spots and a boarded walkway make it an easily accessible and popular attraction in the Guyra region.
Situated midway between Armidale and Glen Innes, Guyra is located in the centre of the New England Tablelands.
Like Uralla, Guyra is also roughly midway between Sydney and Brisbane. Sydney is 520km away, and the journey along Thunderbolt’s Way takes just over 6 hours. Travelling from Brisbane is a 430km voyage, and takes just over 5 hours via the New England Highway.
Guyra is only a half hour drive from Armidale, and REX offers daily flights to Armidale Airport from Sydney.
If the threat of a cold snap and potential snow fall has you shivering in your boots already, stay well clear of Guyra in winter. However, if the wintery conditions sound like your version of paradise, Guyra in winter is the place for you. The high altitude makes snowfall possible, and Guyra experiences, on average, 5 snowfalls per year.
During the rest of the year, Guyra experiences mild conditions and plenty of clear crisp days – perfect weather for enjoying the town of Guyra and its natural surrounds.
Antique stores, boutiques, an arts and crafts shop, hardware store and an old book and memorabilia store are just some of the unique and quirky shopping options in Guyra.
Guyra also has an IGA supermarket for fresh produce and grocery supplies.
The main RV dump point in Guyra is located at Mother of Ducks Lagoon overnight camping area, McKie Parkway.