Towns and Villages
Nestled at the base of ‘Nooloiga’, or Haystack Mountain, this ideal setting ignites your senses providing an instant appreciation of the story telling of the cultural significance and history of the surrounding area. The village was established to cater for the growing population of ‘Cedar Getters’ seeking the red gold from the surrounding forests and the arrival of graziers establishing vast landholdings. Old Bonalbo began life in the mid nineteenth century as the original site for the village of Bonalbo, thirteen kilometers further south established on the banks of Peacock Creek. The village of Old Bonalbo lies on the connection road between the Mt Lindsay Highway in the north and the Bruxner Highway to the south at approximately the halfway point, nestled against the magnificent Richmond Ranges in rural Northern New South Wales.
The rolling tree covered hills and rich pasture lands have remained long after the Cedar Getters moved on and the sprawling cattle stations have been divided into smaller farms that are the life blood of the area. The “Old” was added in the early 1900’s as the villages took their name from the largest landholding ‘Bunalbo Station’ taken up by John McLean in 1840. The name Bonalbo translated from the Aboriginal word ‘bunawlbu’ meaning ‘place of many bloodwoods’.
The one and only General Store/Post Office will supply all of life’s necessities and point you in the direction of local attractions and beauty spots, National Parks and forest drives. There are thousands of native birds, loads of wildlife and a kangaroo and wallaby population that outnumber humans by 500 to one.