The Meeting Place
In 1834, Colonel Henry Dumaresq chose the now township of Uralla as his squatting run, which he called Saumarez. Later, the town came to prominence when a deep gold lead was found in 1856 and a gold-rush ensued. Many historic buildings have been maintained in excellent condition and
can be viewed when taking the Heritage Walk around town, which begins at McCrossin's Mill Museum. Guide maps for this walk can be obtained from the Uralla Visitors Centre.
Just south of Uralla is Thunderbolt’s Rock, named for the illustrious “gentlemen bushranger” Frederick Ward, who set out from here on his final journey on May 25th 1870. A bronze statue of Thunderbolt on horseback has been erected on the corner of Bridge and Salisbury Streets and you can visit Thunderbolt’s grave in Uralla Cemetery. McCrossin’s Mill Museum, located in a three-storey flour mill built in 1870, tells the bushranger’s story and those of the wild gold-rush days.
Uralla is home to the oldest working foundry in Australia. Established in 1872, the New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry in East Street, has been responsible for much of the lacework used in the region’s historic buildings. It is open for visits and sales from 9am to 5pm daily.
Hassett's Military Museum, in Bridge St, houses an interesting collection of military memorabilia, including motorcycles, badges, uniforms and photos.
Dangars Lagoon Wildlife Refuge, south of Uralla, is a haven for a variety of water birds. Birdwatchers can secretly view the activities of the resident and migratory birds from a specially built bird hide.
A selection of accommodation from riverside camping to luxury bed and breakfasts is available in Uralla. The town has some good pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and picnic spots and don't forget to try your hand at fossicking in the nearby creeks. Equipment can be hired from the Uralla Visitors Centre in Bridge Street which is open daily from 9.30am till 4.30pm.