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Ebor

 

Ebor is a small village located just 80km east of Armidale on the Waterfall Way. The village is a rural centre, providing retail services for the surrounding properties. These services include a small general store, the Ebor Falls Hotel Motel and The Ebor Roadhouse. Ebor is located near the junction of roads to Armidale, Dorrigo, Grafton and Guyra, giving tourists access to much of the New England Plateau.

 

Ebor is also renowned for the trout fishing, surrounding streams with anglers travelling from many parts of the world for this great pastime.     Associated with this tourist attraction is the L P Dutton Trout Hatchery, just a few kilometres to the south (contact them on 02 6775 9139, where visitors can see all aspects of the breeding program that is in operation.

 

An outstanding feature of the scenery along the Waterfall Way is the Great Escarpment - a rugged landscape of rocky cliffs, steep valleys, spectacular waterfalls and World Heritage rainforests now protected in a series of national parks that stretches for over 100 kilometres.

Situated halfway between Armidale and Dorrigo, New England National Park showcases the spectacular diversity of this impressive landscape and makes an ideal day trip from either centre. Nature lovers will need a few days to absorb its many highlights and can stay in cabins or camp in the Park (fees apply), or enjoy a touch of luxury at nearby Yaraandoo.

 

At 1564 metres above sea level, Point Lookout provides breathtaking views of the near vertical escarpment and a magnificent panorama to the north, east and south from two viewing platforms. Below is a vast wilderness of deep valleys, clothed in forest, against a background of the Pacific Ocean 70 kilometres distant New England National Park straddles the inland boundaries of the Djungutti and Gucnbaynggir tribes, Aboriginal groups whose former lands followed the catchments of the Macleay and Bellinger Rivers respectively. The Park contains a number of sites of special significance vital to the local Aboriginal peoples' understanding of their connection with the land. Information panels at Point Lookout (Berarngutta) inform visitors that this is such sacred ground - a prohibited area that legend relates was the dwelling place of a giant wombat whose supernatural powers created thunderstorms and gale force winds.

 

Stunning on a clear day, especially at sunrise, Point Lookout is worth a visit anytime, located just ISkm off the Waterfall Way on a good quality unsealed road. When the clouds that often shroud the escarpment obscure the view, there are many other interesting features awaiting your discovery. The silent charm of the Tolkeinesque cool temperate rainforests are enhanced by the eerie mists and the twenty kilometres of walking tracks provide several days of exploring.

 

New England National Park contains a rich flora of about 1000 species of plants in an interesting variety of plant communities, resulting from differences in altitude, topography, soil type and degree of exposure to wind. Consequently the high, cold windswept plateau at Point Lookout has practically no species in common with the warm, sheltered subtropical lower valleys.

 

Wildlife abounds here too - eastern grey kangaroos, possums, superb lyrebirds and the normally secretive spotted-tailed quoll are often seen. Birdwatchers will delight in the richness of species found in the Park, reflecting the diversity of habitats available. Most commonly seen in the sub-alpine woodlands and open forests are treecreepers, rufous fantails, cuckoos, and flame robins, whilst the winter-flowering banksias attract Lewins honeyeaters and eastern spinebills.

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