The Boy from Oz
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November 27th, 2006 – by: sissanoel
We should say that on the way from Tamworth to Tenterfield we drove through Armidale, which looked a nice place, a Glen Innes which features Australia's own standing stones. Glen Innes is really capitalising on the celtic connection and has a festival every year, including Australia's largest Scottie Dog Picnic - that might be worth seeing! Hundreds of little Scotties all trying to kill each other, being the territorial little things they are - Mum and Dad's Scottie (Geordie) would love it!
Another famouse personage of this area is the bushrange Captain Thunderbolt (Fred Ward) and there are also plenty of "Capt Thunderbolt slept/ate/drank/died here" sites! We saw a sign on the highway near Uralla pointing to his hideout up in the mountains, but we think it might have collapsed (being an old cave) because not much there anymore. The best Thunderbolt hideout is just outside Tenterfield, you can walk up to it just off the road. Only about 1km up the road from the cave are a set of World War II tank traps. We all learn in Australian history at school about the "Brisbane Line" whereby if the Japanese had invaded the mainland, only the area under a line drawn roughly from Brisbane to Adelaide would be defended, but we didn't realise that this actually had a physical manifestation to it. The tank traps are huge posts which have been sunk into the gullies through the mountain range with the purpose of stopping any Japanese tanks from getting over the pass. They have rotted down a bit smaller now, but still really interesting to see this part of history still.
Tonight Tenterfield treated us to a huge thunder storm which resulted in lightning and rain all night - it would be great if we could send it down south!
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