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New England Region

The New England region sits atop the Great Dividing Range and, with its high altitude, enjoys cool frosty winters and clear sunny skies. Traditionally this area has been a crossroad for Aboriginal tribes who roamed the region; Anaiwan (or Nganaywana) to the south of Guyra and Ngarrabal and Marabal to the north of Guyra and to the west, Kamilaroi. European land settlement occurred after explorers combed the inland between 1818 and the 1830s and squatters followed with their stock. With the discovery of gold in 1851 in Rocky River near Uralla, a huge influx of prospectors arrived into the region. Today the area is principally a farming area, while its towns are increasingly multifaceted. A dynamic blend of the old and new, stories from this high country abound.