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Probus Club Members head to the Highlands

A group of Alstonville Probus Club Members headed to the Highlands visiting Tenterfield, Glen Innes and home via Grafton.

At each destination members were treated to the warmest of hospitality whilst learning about the history and points of interest each town had to offer.

In Tenterfield members visited the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Art, and soaked up the depth and breadth of his involvement with NSW and it’s development, followed by a delicious light lunch on site. They also visited the Tenterfield Saddler, Thunderbolts Hideout and the World War 2 Tank Traps finishing the day at the Railway Museum.

Day two saw members head to Bolivia Station, an historical pastoral property, what a treat it was! The owners, Fran and Stuart, have taken on the task of restoring the homestead after 40 years of abandonment. What a challenge but worth every minute and drop of sweat.

On arrival in Glen Innes we had lunch at the wonderful Garuda Gallery followed by a tour where members saw the Standing Stones, a celebration of the Celtic nations who settled in the area, viewed the Whiterock and Sapphire wind farms and enjoyed the wonderful architecture of the town.

Finally members headed down the Gwydir Highway through the Gibraltar Range and stopped to soak up the view in Washpool National Park prior to arriving in Grafton where a sea of purple welcomed us, its Jacaranda time! 

Arriving at Lanbruk Gunyah  Collectables and Olive Farm in time for a wonderful home cooked lunch. Members viewed the amazing collection accumulated over the years by our hosts Don  and Dorothy, were entertained by a local Bush Poet, tasted the Organic Olives grown on the farm and got to meet the alpacas, goats and donkeys that reside there.

It was a bus load of very weary travels who arrived back in Alstonville having enjoyed each other’s company, shared many laughs and established new friendships.