The Nature Conservation Trust has a number of impressive properties for sale in northern NSW, centred on the regional hubs of Tamworth, Armidale and Lismore.
Australia’s Country Music Capital, Tamworth, is a prosperous regional city about 500 kilometres north of Sydney and 600 kilometres south of Brisbane. It has an extensive repertoire of attractions – from the natural wonders of Mother Nature to its cultural and artistic offerings, as well as top restaurants showcasing regional produce and wine. It is the hub of a regional council of about 58,000 people who live in the city or surrounding towns of Barraba, Manilla, Bendemeer and Nundle.
Tamworth is the hub of the New England/North West region of NSW that services around 182,000 people. Its retail industry is one of the city’s largest employers but agriculture continues to be the backbone of the local economy, with a gross production value estimated at over $75 million. Market gardeners and hydroponic farmers supply plentiful fresh produce, including specialty foods such as fish, berries, wine and olives. Tamworth is also considered the sporting horse capital of Australia, hosts significant equine events and serves as the headquarters for four major equine associations.
Situated half-way between Sydney and Brisbane and just two hours from the coast, Armidale is a cosmopolitan city of some 25,000 residents. Its unique blend of culture, state-of-the-art technology, educational diversity and natural beauty offers something for everyone. Elegant cathedrals, churches and heritage homesteads recall another era and the region’s history is celebrated at the Aboriginal Culture Centre, Railway Museum and Regional Art Museum.
A number of scenic drives explore the New England Tablelands, affording opportunities for bushwalking, trout fishing, canoeing and fossicking. Outdoor enthusiasts will also be enthralled by the region’s plethora of stunning nature reserves, including the New England, Oxley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rock and Guy Fawkes national parks.
Lismore is located on the Bruxner Highway and lies at the confluence of the Wilsons River some 200 kilometres south of Brisbane and just a stone’s throw from Byron Bay. The region maintains a number of rainforest patches, remnants of what was once known as the Big Scrub, and a number of breath-taking World Heritage-listed Areas are nearby, including Mt Warning, Border Ranges and Nightcap national parks. Mild temperatures and ample rainfall make this a lush hinterland environment.
Lismore is a regional shopping centre servicing a population of almost 43,000 and its surrounding Rainbow Region villages provide eclectic regional markets and artistic experiences. The city is home to a Conservatorium of Music, a campus of Southern Cross University and the impressive Lismore Regional Gallery. It also hosts regular organic and farmers’ markets that dispense the region’s rich agricultural bounty.