Continuing the A-Z of Australian country towns with attendant haiku, today is the letter U.
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Uranquinty lies between The Rock and Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Highway. Following the second World War, the Uranquinty Migrant Centre was established to meet the needs of the Displaced Persons Migration Scheme. ‘Quinty is a busy but unassuming hub for those doing the regular 120km commute between Wagga and Albury on the southern border of New South Wales.
We found a lovely fish restaurant in Ulverstone that overlooks the town’s river. From Launceston across to Smithton, the northern coastal highway of Tasmania offers loads of these little gems.
Uralla’s early population explosion was as a result of gold being discovered nearby. In Uralla’s case, the gold discovery brought not only miners hopeful of a big reward but also one of Australia’s more infamous bushrangers, Fred Ward, known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’. Allusions to Thunderbolt are still prominent in the town, reflecting Australia’s fascination with the rogue and the underdog.The town raised a statue in his honour more than a hundred years after his death.
Stop for sustenance
at ’Quinty’s pub or cafes –
journey’s welcome break.
Riverside and beach;
shopping, eating, exploring –
ranged across Uralla town.
Robber’s ways admired?