Small New England township
Ashford is a small New England town on the Northern
Tablelands of NSW, 430 m above sea-level. It is situated in
the largest tobacco-growing district of NSW, 748 km north of
Sydney. The area is popular with the 4WD brigade.
Before white settlement the area was occupied by the
Kwiambal, a sub-group of the Murri indigenous people. It was
the duty of the Murri women to raise the girls and younger
boys. Later the boys went with the men. Both sexes went
through initiation rites, proving their worthiness to the
community. The men hunted large game while the women hunted
smaller game and collected fruit and vegetable matter. Both
were skilled in tool manufacture and the tribe lived with
great economy on the resources of the land.
Bushranger 'Thunderbolt' (Fred Ward) robbed Bonshaw's
Hotel in 1867.
Things to see:
Kwiambal National Park
About 25 km north-west of town, along the unsealed Limestone
Caves Rd, is Kwiambal (pronounced 'Ky-am-bal') National Park
at the confluence of the Macintyre and Severn Rivers. Amidst
the gorges, waterfalls, waterholes, rivers and woodlands are
wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, platypuses and wallaroos.
A highlight of the park is The Limestone Caves (follow the
brown and white tourist signs), 28 km from Ashford. They are
readily explorable but you must bring lighting. The caves
are situated in a 16-ha reserve. The largest is 550 m long.
It lies in a low limestone hill, close to the creek which
runs through the valley. By the main entrance are barbecue
and toilet facilities.
Enter the cave system, walk to the right of the large
stalagmite, passing through the Main Cave, and keep to the
right. A low passage leads into The Great Cave. The Opera
House Cave is to the left and The Gallery to the right.
You can either exit the way you came in or proceed to the
far left, to the back of the Opera House Cave where you will
find a passageway called The Yellow Submarine (watch out for
the 1.8-m drop). An area opens up to the left. Walk through
this section into the Bat Cave and then exit.
Once outside peer up the hill. The kurrajong tree marks
the entrance to the small Pretty Cave. The nearby Moreton
Bay fig tree marks the entrance to the Bone Cave. This leads
through a passage called The 'Dragon's Belly' which will
return you to the Main Cave, the large stalagmite and your
original entrance (now your point of exit).
The Macintyre Falls
36 km from Ashford, the brown and white tourist signs lead
to a beautiful gorge wherein lie the Macintyre Falls which
drop from a high rocky outcrop in a stepped fashion to the
deep rock pool at the base. The associated campsite has
basic camping, toilet, barbecue and picnic facilities.
Walking tracks lead to a lookout, the crest of the falls,
which are especially striking after heavy rains, a large
rock swimming pool and a freshwater beach.
25 km south-east of town along a sealed road is the turnoff
to Pindari Dam, on the Severn River, where there are
excellent opportunities for boating, waterskiing and
fishing. There are barbecue, picnic and camping facilities,
a childrens' playground, an amenities block and a boat ramp.
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