Markets Held around the Kyogle LGA

There is nothing more satisfying that going along to a local market,  and support the locals and help with the local economy.

Kyogle LGA has an assortment of markets held throughout the months or seasons.

** Kyogle Farmers markets.  Held Every Saturday morning, Stratheden St, Kyogle 8am-12noon. Local produce;  Fruit & veg stalls; plus an assortment of other stalls throughout the month which may include crafts, plants, books, cake/biscuit stall. So come along and be surprised.

** Kyogle Bazaar Market. Held the 4th Saturday of each month, at the Amphitheatre Park, behind and around the Visitor Info Centre from 9am-2pm. A huge variety of stalls and live entertainment.

** Bonalbo Markets. Held on the 1st Sunday of each month, at the Bonalbo Hall, adjoining the park from 10am-1pm. Worth the drive to one of our lovely little villages. Lots of other things to see in and around Bonalbo whilst you are there.

** Tabulam Community Markets. Held the 2nd Sunday of each month, in the Hall and surrounding grounds in Barnes st, Tabulam, (behind the Tabulam Co-op) from 9am-2pm.

** Woodenbong Seasonal “Yowie” Markets. As the name suggests Woodenbongs market celebrates our changes of seasons ( hence only 4 a year). Held on the last Saturday of the month at the end of each season in February, May, August, and November. Held at the Woodenbong Public Hall grounds 8am-2pm.

LIGHT HORSE MONUMENT- TABULAM

A monument, located in Chauvel  St, Tabulam,  commemorates the  formation of the Upper Clarence Light Horse unit by Charles Chauvel of Tabulam Station.

This plaque was unveiled on the 5th. October, 1985 by Mrs. Elyne Mitchell daughter of General Sir Harry Chauvel.

The memorial features a base-relief of a Light Horseman, the work of Father John Casey of Mallanganee. It shows the names of those who enlisted from Tabulam and district for the 2 World Wars. Picnic tables and a flag pole are located in the area also.

Tabulam`s involvement with the Light Horse goes back to 1885 when the Chauvel`s owned Tabulam Station. General Sir Harry Chauvel who was born at Tabulam led the Australian and New Zealand mounted troops at The Battle of Beersheba. Sir Harry’s father C.H.E Chauvel raised the 1st Light Horse Troop- Upper Clarence in 1885. The old Captain, Charles Chauvel, had been an Indian Army man and, with the Russian scare in mind, he offered to raise a body of fit and able men to serve, if necessary, on the North West Frontier. The result was that in October 1885, the two troops of the Upper Clarence Light Horse were formed, No 1 (Tabulam) and No 2 (The Border).

On New Year`s Day 1886, 129 men were sworn in and there was a banquet and great rejoicing in McLean`s Tabulam Hotel that night. The first official duty of the new troops was to form a guard of honour at the opening of the Tenterfield Railway in February 1886.

The Boer War (1889-1902) was the first overseas service for the Light Horse. Tabulam’s own Harry Chauvel was there. He served first as an officer with the 1st QMI contingent and again as the CO of the 7th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse. Christopher Mealing, Billy Mealing and lou Hunter, at least three Tabulam men, enlisted in the Boer War. They enlisted as State troops but returned as “Commonwealth Military Forces”, Federation having been achieved during their absence.
The Light Horse next served on Gallipoli as infantry and then fighting in Palestine during the desert campaign of 1916-17, under the command of the now General Harry Chauvel. Alf Ravenscroft, whose father, also Alf, was an original member of the Upper Clarence Light Horse, was General Chauvel’s standard bearer during this campaign. Names like Magdhaba, Rafah, Gaza, Romani, El Arish and the famous charge of Beersheba, are a proud part of our history on account of the heroism of our Light Horsemen.
During the post-war years, there was less activity on the part of Citizen’s Military Forces. Perhaps old soldiers were sick of war and talk of war, after all, had they not fought a “war to end all wars”? – or so they thought. By the 1930’s, however, there was a fresh stirring of interest, perhaps fostered by the ominous unrest in Europe.
The Tabulam troop was reformed in January 1931 and became part of the 15th Light Horse, Northern Rivers Lancers. The first parade was held on the same ground where Captain Charles Chauvel first enrolled the men of the Upper Clarence Light Horse, forty six years before. The then Lieutenant Harry Chauvel was now Hon. Colonel of the Regiment.

Tabulam Hotel

Meals available upon request. Hotel does have 4 rooms. 1 x dble, 3 x twins. Cost $35 per person

Receive lashings of country hospitality at the Tabulam Hotel. The birthplace of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Chauvel of the famous Light Horse Brigade and designated as a town in 1885, Tabulam is the only other ‘town’ on the Clarence River besides the city of Grafton.

Tabulam Hotel is a great base camp from which to launch an expedition of discovery into some of the most interesting secrets this country offers. Cross the longest single span wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere, journey past the World War II Tanks Traps, part of the infamous ‘Brisbane Line’, through pockets of rainforest and onto some of the most scenic country around.Tabulam is a quaint village of 150 people located in a rather beautiful setting on the Bruxner Highway between Tenterfield (73 kilometres) and Casino (58 kilometres).

Price Range

$35 per person per room

Lanikai -Tabulam

Lanikai Wildlife Refuge and Camping Ground offers 2,500 acres of declared Wildlife Refuge. Home to over 150 bird species, this idyllic location, with its breathtaking views of the Upper Clarence and 2 acres of lush gardens and walking tracks is the perfect place for bird watchers, wilderness enthusiasts and naturalists looking for a an authentic wilderness experience.

Pitch a tent, park a Motor-home, caravan or trailer on the camping ground and relax. Camping ground has hot showers and flushing toilets. The undercover area with BBQ, table and bush kitchen is a good place to talk, eat or listen to the Honeyeaters in the Banksias and Glossy Cockatoos in the Forest Oaks.

Suggested activities: a bushwalk along the 2km Pretty Gully Creek frontage or rainforest regeneration area. Walk to the river, as the property has a 3km Clarence River frontage, go fishing, watch wildlife, watch the stars, see the rainforest reserve.

Fires are permitted at some places on the camping ground (see Jim for info). Some firewood is supplied, so please keep fires small. The showers are wood heated by the heater at back of showers, so please use hot water in moderation.

Motor bikes may only be used to accesss the camping ground from Paddy’s Flat Rd. There is NO TRACK RIDING allowed. 4WD’s may be used to access points of interest on tracks around the property, in dry weather.

Campers may visit Lanikai gardens at any time between 10am-4pm daily.

Tea or coffee and scones (or other refreshments) are available at Lanikai garden $5 per person. Please give Lyn two hours notice of requirements.

Price Range

Over 12 yo/& adults $15; 6 – 12 years $7.50; Under 6, free. Tariff per person per 24hr period.

Clarence River Wilderness Lodge -Tabulam

Clarence River Wilderness Lodge, just 3 hours from Brisbane is situated on the headwaters of the Clarence River in the rugged Great Dividing Range. Four thousand hectares of river crafted country has been preserved in a wildlife refuge that is noted for the diverse abundance of its native animals and the wild splendour of its scenery.

The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge can provide a range of activities during your stay. The canoes are available free of charge for guests or a fee for day visitors. Bushwalking and birdwatching are popular past times here with over 160 different types of birds sighted in this area. A handbook on birds and bird lists are available at the Lodge before setting out on your bird search.

Bordered by National Parks this is a great place to get back to nature with activities that include gold panning, observing animals, platypus viewing. All inclusive canoe trips can be organised to take in the Clarence or Nymboida Rivers from 1-3 days. See website for further details or their other link http://www.clarencerivercanoes.com).

Accommodation facilities include:

“The Lodge” – 2 self contained cabins which sleep either 4 or 8 people. Each cabin has a gas hot water system, gas stove, fridge, cooking utensils and solar powered lighting. Sit on the verandah or under the stars and enjoy the quiet.

Bush huts – spend a while under canvas in authentic bushmans huts with private verandahs nestled into the hills, but using shared amenities (wood-fired showers and compost toilet) and camp kitchen. The huts have bunk beds (x4) or a double bed (accommodating 2 people only).

The Camping sites are on a 5ha mown river flat, with a small unisex shared compost amenities unit with access also to wood-fired showers. Check their website for current tariffs for accommodation and activities.

Price Range

Commence at $10papn for bush camping to $180 2 x day weekend rate for cabins. Check website for further details

Chauvel Park -Tabulam

Enjoy the homely welcoming ambience of our visitors cottage in the grounds of Chauvel Park.The Garden Cottage is fully self-contained accommodation with two double bedrooms, one single bedroom plus further single bed located in a separate alcove area. The cottage also features an open fireplace for those beautiful winter nights.

If travelling with pets there is space for them to unwind too, be they large or small and a paddock next to the cottage will accommodate even the largest horse.

Chauvel Park is on the edge of the village of Tabulam, 69 km east of Tenterfield and 55 km west of Casino on the Bruxner Highway. We are located on twelve acres of beautiful rural land that has eight hundred metres of Clarence River frontage.

Chauvel Park now offers horse riding with one hour trail rides. When you check out the accommodation availability please request full details if you would like to have a ride, but if quiet contemplation is more your style the garden provides a number of beautiful vistas and the bird-life is rich and friendly. You might also catch a glimpse of the resident possum. This historic property is the last vestige of the old ‘Tabulam Station’ once a huge land holding stretching beyond the Queensland border and later the Chauvel’s breeding ground for the famous Light Horse, so as you sit in reverie you might just hear the feint neigh of horses and the clinking of bridles as the Light Horse muster in readiness, on the eve of their departure into the realms of War, Fame and History.

For further info view their website http://www.chauvelpark.com

Price Range

$120 per dbl; $35 p/n extra person; $15 children <10yo.