Weekend Jaunt to New England

Xanthorrhoeas gracing landscape along Paradise Road between Guyra and Inverell near the site where Tom Roberts painted ‘Bailed Up’.

Recently I joined a group from the Australian Garden History Association for an autumn jaunt visiting some fascinating properties and gardens near Inverell, North West New South Wales.

We drove along one of the most picturesque roads stopping first at the historic ‘Paradise’ woolshed, just along the road from where Tom Roberts, known as the Father of Australian Landscape Painting,

worked on his haunting and beautiful ‘Bailed Up’. Nearby we ventured cross country to the beautiful site where he painted ‘In a Corner of the McIntyre’.

Here are just a few of the places we explored.

The McIntyre©Kim Woods Rabbidge

By the beautiful McIntyre River where Tom Roberts painted.

The Castle Paradise ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Locally known as ‘The Castle’, this imposing rocky stack, 25+m high, is adjacent to the site of Tom Roberts’ painting ‘In a Corner of the McIntyre’.

Elmore 1©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Elmore Station garden.

Our group enjoyed lunch, provided by Inverell Red Cross, in the lovely ‘Elmore Station’ garden, at Elsmore.

Byron light ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Garden lamp in Byron Station garden.

Byron Station was one of the earliest properties settled in the district in the mid 1800s.

Byron shed ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

An old Byron Station outbuilding.

Wiltshire 1 ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Wiltshire garden.

Wiltshire garden, and nearby Lunawarra garden near Copeton Dam, are owned by the same Sydney-based family who engaged Carolyn Robinson to design them.

Wiltshire ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Wiltshire garden plantings have been chosen to segue into the countryside beyond.

Lunawarra ©Kim Woods Rabbidge

Lunawarra garden.

Carolyn Robinson’s signature mix of perennials, clipped shrubs and grasses are always appealing.

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