January is the perfect time to visit Guyra. With its mild summer temperatures, spectacular natural attractions, and family friendly events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Located in the heart of the New England High Country, there is plenty to see and do in the great outdoors. Escape the heat and experience the mild summer weather in Guyra this January.
So, why January?
Migratory Birds are in the area. The Mother of Ducks Lagoon is one of Guyra’s most important landmarks. Mother of Ducks Lagoon is situated at the south-western edge of the Guyra township. Come face-to-face with a huge variety of birds, including endangered and threatened species. See if you can glimpse the renowned Japanese Snipe, which lives here from August to April, before returning to Japan, and keep an eye out for other migratory birds, including common greenshanks and white-throated needletails. Only a short (25 km) drive away you can also visit Little Llangothlin Lagoon – a birdwatcher’s haven. This is one of only a few high altitude wetlands in the country and is an important breeding and feeding area for migratory birds such as the Japanese Snipe.
Trout fishing season is open.
In our high country, Rainbow and Brown Trout thrive in lightly fished streams and can be fished between October and May. On the western side of Guyra, trout can be found in a number of streams: Laura, Ollera, Moredun, and Limestone creeks. Trout can also be found in eastern streams: Booralong, Rockvale, and streams in the Ebor area. There are a number of fishing farm stays surrounding Guyra, some providing dam fishing and creek fishing. Dam fishing is permitted year-round at locations that provide this service, with the trout literally at the doorstep of your unique accommodation.
Mild temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities.
Guyra has some interesting fossicking locations which are less well-known than those of the Glen Innes and Inverell areas. There are several locations where public access is possible to fossick for sapphires, and at Stannifer for jelly bean crystals. You can pick up a map from the Guyra Tourist Information Centre at Rafters Restaurant on the New England Highway, or ask for some local advice on the best spots for fossicking.
Guy Fawkes River National Park is a wilderness paradise popular for bushwalking and birdwatching. Featuring the spectacular Ebor Falls, the national park offers a tranquil rest stop for travellers and an exciting destination for locals.
Events for the whole family.
Explore the natural wonders spread throughout the Shire this January while based here for the 31st annual Lamb and Potato Festival. The Festival kicks off on Wednesday 18th January and runs until Sunday 29th January 2017. There is lots on offer, with musicians playing daily, the ever popular rail trike rides to the rail museum, various car clubs, and the annual antique machinery display and swap meet, which is one of the biggest in Australia. There is also a range of retail and food stalls to browse, and the best thing about the festival is enjoying the local lamb and potato meals. The purpose of the festival, since its inception, has been to promote the lamb and potato industries in our region. Farms around Guyra have long been known for their potato crops and for producing some of Australia’s finest beef, lamb and wool. The Lamb and Potato Festival held in January each year celebrates the excellence of some of this local produce.
The annual Australia Day Movies in the Park will be held in Tingha on 26th January and Guyra on 27th January. Sit out under the stars with the whole family and enjoy a movie on a warm summer evening. The feature movie this year will be Angry Birds (PG), and each event will be followed by a brilliant fireworks display by Holy Smoke.
The whole family can cool off at the Guyra Swimming Pool on Australia Day, with free entry for the day. The Guyra Pool has just recently opened its new water play equipment, which is already a hit with the kids.
As part of the Australia Day celebrations this year we are excited to be hosting Australia Day Ambassador, Christopher Cheng. Christopher is a children’s author of picture books, fiction and non-fiction in both traditional and digital media. Christopher will be attending the annual Australia Day Awards Ceremonies for dinner in Guyra on the eve of Australia Day and lunch in Tingha on Australia Day. This is the community’s opportunity to recognise and thank those people and organisations who make a positive contribution to the Guyra and Tingha areas.
Local landmarks, history and retail.
Take a drive on the New England Highway to the north, and on Elm Street to the east, to view the expansive, state-of-the-art Costa Exchange tomato farm glasshouses. The glasshouses stretch across some 30 hectares, and produce 12.5 million kilograms of premium tomatoes per annum. The tomato farm employs more than 600 staff across the two sites and is the most modern of its kind in Australia.
While on the road, take one of Guyra’s scenic Tourist Drives spanning across the Guyra region and featuring some of the area’s historic and natural landmarks. A visitor guide, available from the Tourist Information Centre, features four suggested routes for a great day out.
If you love the grandeur and history of local buildings, Go “back-in-time” and view a range of historic structures, such as the Railway Station, Museum, RSL Memorial Hall, Post Office, the Guyra Emporium and the Royal Hotel – all situated in the heart of the town.
Feeling peckish? While taking in the local history, visit one of the many cafés, pubs and coffee shops in the main street. Why not do some shopping in one of our retail stores, or visit the Community Street Stall to purchase some local foods and crafts – operated by local community and charity groups.
There are plenty of things to do and see in Guyra during summer, so come and escape the heat in the High Country!